Ardbeg Day with Sydney Islay-limpics

NOTE: For Ardbeg Day 2013 check out Ardbog Day in Sydney.

Ardbeg Day global celebrations kicked off in Sydney with a traditional Scottish summer day. Held for the first time outside of Islay in Scotland, Ardbeg committee members and guests celebrated with Islay-limpics and a tasting of the Limited Edition Ardbeg Day Bottling.

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Ardbeg Day Sydney Islay-limpics 

Mist and peat greeted guests as they descended the stairs into Aqua Dining in Milson’s Point where they were treated to a selection of tasty canapés and Ardbeg Day Cocktails.

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Ardbeg Day Special Bottling

Gaelic Bonsai made with Ardbeg 10yo with yuzu and lemon juice, simple syrup and fresh wasabi root was a light and refreshing cocktail with citrus notes and a hint of smoke. Fire and Ice was a sweeter option with Ardbeg 10yo, pineapple, caramel syrup and citrus. Shortie Salsa gave a gentle kick with Ardbeg 10yo shaken with a home-made jalapeño salsa of pineapple, coriander, sage and mint. Ardbeg 10yo was also available neat, or with a dash of water or ice.

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Boris de Vroomen: MD Moët Hennessy Australia & New Zealand

After a welcome by Boris de Vroomen, Managing Director of Moët Hennessy Australia & New Zealand, the Islay-limpics opening ceremony commenced.

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Team parade

Team members from the six Ardbeg Embassies* from around the nation paraded a lap around the swimming pool led by bagpipers in Speedos. Synchronised swimmers followed, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House providing a stirring backdrop to the intense competition that lay ahead.

Apart from Sydney starting the global celebrations, it was also the inaugural city to host the Islay-limpics.

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Damon Ross-Walker, Brand Manager

Damon Ross-Walker, Brand Manager, led the tasting of the Limited Edition Ardbeg Day Bottling (ABV 56.7%), a whisky that blends two different styles of Ardbeg, a sweet and spicy single malt with a botanical Ardbeg, and left to mature for six months in sherry casks. On the nose, the whisky has classic soot, aniseed, leather and some herbal notes. A little water brings out the menthol character. On the palate, it has a long soft creamy finish and a malty biscuitness.

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Islay-limpian winners: World of Whisky of Double Bay

At the medal presentation, World of Whisky of Double Bay stood triumphant after fierce and high quality performances by all embassies in the pool.

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The after-party was held at Stitch Bar which offered an Ardbeg Day menu with cocktails and a BLT Burger with a homemade BBQ Ardbeg 10yo sauce.

Ardbeg Day in Sydney was held on Saturday June 2, 2012 at Aqua Dining in Milsons Point.

Photo gallery of the event below: (click on the photo to navigate)

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Ardbeg Day BLT at Stitch Bar
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* Ardbeg Embassies in Australia: World of Whisky (Sydney), Stitch Bar (Sydney), Baranows Lounge (Victoria), Helvetica Bar (Perth), 1806 (Melbourne), Ferry Road Wine & Beer (Queensland)

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Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.