A limited edition 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky - a special celebration of its "world first" space maturation experiment, previously announced at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in April 2012.
Ardbeg Galileo is a special vatting of different styles of Ardbeg laid down in 1999, all married together to give a sweet, smoky texture. The heart of this limited edition Ardbeg is spirit matured in ex-Marsala wine casks from Sicily that is combined with hallmark Ardbeg matured in first and second fill ex-Bourbon casks.
The ex-Marsala casks add fruity aromas and textures to Ardbeg's famed peaty, smoky house style.
Bottled at 49% and non chill-filtered it is being made available on allocation to Ardbeg's focus markets.
The whisky, named after Galileo, the father of modern astronomy, celebrates the first ever experiment undertaken by Ardbeg Distillery (or any other distillery for that matter) when Ardbeg was invited in late 2011 by US based space research company NanoRacks LLC, based in Houston Texas, to take part in a two year experiment to test micro-organic compounds drawn from the distillery's production on Islay.
This maturation experiment (the inter-action of these compounds with charred oak) between normal gravity on Earth and micro-gravity in space, is currently taking place far up in space on the International Space Station.
Established in 1815, Ardbeg is the "Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky", revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts widely available.
It boasts a true complexity, balancing smoky peatiness and intriguing sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as "the peaty paradox".
Ardbeg has made it a double by winning ‘World Whisky of the Year 2009’, following the triumph of Ardberg 10 Year Old of the same accolade in 2008. Awarded by Jim Murray in his latest edition of the Whisky Bible, Ardbeg is the first Single Malt whisky ever to have won this prestigious accolade, now twice.