Ardbeg Heavy Vapours Committee Exclusive

Something weird has been going down at the Distillery.  

The legendary purifier on the still – responsible for Ardbeg’s exalted balance – is nowhere to be seen. And this whisky – Ardbeg Heavy Vapours – is the consequence.

The familiar harmony between peat and floral fruitiness has been disrupted. What have risen are the untamed darker flavours and notes, gathering and filling the senses.

It is an ominous dram of dramatic, aromatic pungency. Heavy Vapours will rise.

Non chill-filtered at 50.2%.
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Ardbeg Heavy Vapours Committee Exclusive is just for Committee Members. So if you’re not yet a member, please step into the ARDverse with us and join here.

Note: only 1 bottle allowed per Committee Member. Extra orders will be cancelled.

This page is for ordering in UK only, please check our Q&A HERE for availability in other countries.


Pale straw


SMOKE rises with a cloying sweetness. Intense, pungent and aromatic, a distinctive farmyard scent drifts, along with a crunchy aroma, like CREOSOTE or tarry rope. A splash of water disturbs the vapours and DARK CHOCOLATE CREAM billows, laced with a ribbon of SMOKED ARTICHOKE.


Ardbeg’s UNTAMED darker flavours and notes have risen. A burst of bittersweetness SURGES, disturbing ashy coal DUST and casting a HAZE of CARDAMOM, peppermint and COFFEE grits. CLOUDS OF dark chocolate and mentholic eucalyptus ROLL IN, OBSCURING the fruit and floral notes usually found at the heart of ARDBEG. Wisps of ANISEED twists, CINNAMON balls and antiseptic lozenges FLOAT on the palate.


The aftertaste lingers LONG and BOLD, with an almost anaesthetising sensation.

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