Ardnamurchan The Anniversary Release
July 2024

Ardnamurchan The Anniversary Release

The most decadent Black Forest birthday cake of a whisky, made exclusively for Members by Craft Producer of the Year (2024 Icons of Whisky) and three-time Best New Distillery at the Online Scotch Whisky Awards. Dripping with cream over layer upon layer of double dark chocolate, juicy pops of rich cherry, and bottled especially for our ten year anniversary.

United Kingdom

Colour Bold auburn

Nose Dark cherry and ripe blood orange with oat biscuit and chewy mocha caramel.

Palate Red apple, strawberry jam and Black Forest cake dripping with cream.

Finish Baking spices and bursts of orange in dense dark chocolate.

Food Match Slow-cooked beef ragù, finishing with (of course) a decadent slice of Black Forest cake.


If you could bottle the most decadent Black Forest birthday cake as a whisky, this flavour explosion would be it… dripping with cream over layer upon layer of double dark chocolate and juicy pops of rich cherry.

Created Exclusively for The Whisky Club by “The Icons of Craft Whisky”, a one-off collectible bottling to mark a joint milestone birthday celebration of both Whisky Clubbing and craft Scotch whisky production at Ardnamurchan, for your enjoyment…

Welcome to The Anniversary Release.

Ten years ago, at the exact same time our very first Members were opening the first Whisky of the Month, Ardnamurchan were distilling their very first spirit, 17,500 km away in the remote Western Highlands of Scotland.

Ardnamurchan have gone from strength to strength since, winning Craft Producer of the Year at the 2024 Icons of Whisky, as well as joining Springbank as a three-time Best Distillery category winner at The Online Scotch Whisky Awards, the only awards show run and voted for by whisky enthusiasts like you and your fellow Members.

Seriously, check out these quotes from whisky industry people in the know:

“Scotland needs to hold onto its reputation now by having distilleries of the calibre of Ardnamurchan, because it's a burden that Springbank can no longer carry on its small shoulders. Ardnamurchan is a beacon to the way in which Scotch whisky should be made... people in that distillery really know what they're doing.” — world-famous whisky reviewer, Ralfy (@ralfydotcom).

“There is a directness, simplicity and confidence about it and its quirkily traditional ambitions, that is undeniably refreshing… Ardnamurchan is unquestionably producing a style of spirit with clear charisma.” — Whiskymag

“Finding Ardnamurchan whisky is becoming tougher and tougher… they’re in such high demand, they’re snapped up quickly.” — GreatDrams

“Ardnamurchan is one of the Rolls-Royces of the new Scottish distilleries.” — Serge, Whisky Fun

Ardnamurchan simply make very, very good whisky.

And that’s exactly what we’ll be celebrating with this July.

The Anniversary Release is completely unpeated and was fully matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks from Miguel Martin, the official cask supplier to the masters of Sherry maturation — Macallan, Glenfarclas, GlenDronach and Springbank — bottled at 49.5% ABV, non-chilled filtered and natural in colour.

The result is nothing short of an astoundingly tasty whisky-drenched, creamy double dark chocolate cake in a bottle.

This is why you Whisky Club.

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Price: $140.00

Age: No Age Statement

ABV: 49.5%

Maturation: Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso (Unpeated)

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Ardnamurchan Distillery's History

Ardnamurchan Distillery's history can be traced back to the early 2000s, when Alex Bruce from independent bottler Adelphi started looking into building the company's own distillery. He had a particular interest in the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, a remote “finger” that extends out to the most westerly point of mainland UK, and is ust north of the Isle of Mull. While there had never been a legal distillery on the peninsula, its remoteness and supply of natural resources certainly helped it become home to many an illicit still back in the 18th century.

With a site chosen around halfway along the peninsula in the small village of Glenbeg, the construction of Ardnamurchan Distillery began in 2012. It was completed in just over two years, with the distillery's first cask being filled in 2014. There's no mistaking the buildings as anything other than a distillery either; the design was inspired by traditional Scottish distillery architecture and features pagoda roofs and white-washed walls. But don't let the old-fashioned buildings fool you - inside is an incredible blend of traditional whisky-making and high-tech.

All the power and heat requirements for the distillery are local and renewable – the Glenmore River that provides the distillery’s cooling water has a hydro-electricity generator and heat is provided by a biomass boiler that's fuelled by woodchips supplied by the local forestry industry. Not only that, but all by-products are recycled right there on the peninsula – the draff is fed to the sheep, deer and cattle that live on the estate, and the pot ale is used as fertiliser on fields. Of course, this also reduces the number of trucks on the road - every truckload of waste that doesn't need to be taken away is another truckload of animal feed that doesn't need to be brought in.

Barley is sourced from the estate of one of the owners and is used to make a 50:50 split of unpeated and peated whisky, again using locally sourced peat, and every drop of water used in the whisky comes from springs above the distillery. After mashing, both wooden and stainless steel washbacks are used for very long fermentation times ranging from 72 to 120 hours. The wash then heads to a pair of traditionally shaped copper pot stills, which are heated by biomass and feature shell and tube condensers, which are outside the stillhouse. The spirit still also features a boil ball.

The result is a new make that's full-bodied and flavoursome; creamy, fruity and a bit peppery. It's filled into Woodford Reserve ex-Bourbon barrels, PX and Oloroso Spanish hogsheads, and both Spanish and American oak Sherry butts, then matured on-site. And if you want to know more about your bottle of Ardnamurchan, the distillery use blockchain technology and QR codes to provide detailed information about the age, cask type, maturation process and more for each of its whiskies; a level of transparency that is rarely seen.

Despite its relatively short history, Ardnamurchan Distillery has already made quite a name for itself in the world of Scotch. Its commitment to traditional methods and transparency, and downright delicious drams have earned it a loyal following among whisky lovers, and helped Ardnamurchan win awards like Best New Distillery at the Online Scotch Whisky Awards, as well as Sustainable Distillery of the Year and Brand Innovator of the Year at the Icons of Whisky Scotland. Ardnamurchan is also committed to supporting the local community and promoting sustainable tourism to the peninsula, offering guided tours and tastings, and its Visitors' Centre showcases the history and traditions of whisky production in the region.

Ardnamurchan Distillery is a remarkable success story, having already increased its production capacity, and it plans to continue releasing more new expressions in the coming years. With its stunning location, commitment to traditional methods of producing some of the finest single malt in Scotland, and focus on sustainability, Ardnamurchan Distillery is poised to become one of the leading lights of the Scotch whisky industry.

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Distillery Facts

Region: Highlands

Origin: Ardnamurchan Distillery, Glenbeg, Ardnamurchan, Argyll, PH36 4JQ, United Kingdom

Founded: 2014

Water Source: Glenmore River and springs above the distillery

Washbacks: 7 (4 oak and 3 stainless steel)

Stills: 2 (1 wash, 1 spirit)

Capacity: 500,000 litres per annum

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