The 20th manager to take the reins at Ardbeg and genuine Ileach. If ever there was a group of people who know how to keep their spirits up, it is our ever-passionate, ever-loyal Ardbeg Committee. ‘I was born in Port Ellen too many years ago to mention’, ‘1 October 1979: I remember that date. Ardbeg Perpetuum Distillery Release available to buy or sell at Whisky Auctioneer online scotch whisky auctions. Meet some of the characters that give Ardbeg its own singularly unique character. Throughout Mickey’s time, he has played a part in the incredible growth of the Ardbeg brand name while preserving the flawless quality of the whisky. I started odd-jobbing around the distillery at Laphroaig, and at the end of the first season I was sent out to the peat bogs to dig peats. One day somebody else will be doing it, maybe better than I will’, ‘We’ve got a little croft, and I spend some time up there. This is big, bold and complex. For me, memories of Ardbeg and of its inimitable manager, Mickey Heads (now celebrating a decade in the job ), are inevitably coloured by the Islay weather – but not in the way that you might think. 07 March 2017 by Melita Kiely. We recently managed to grab a few minutes before a whisky tasting with Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads. 200 years down – hopefully many more to […], […] first tasting I went to was Mickey Heads and the launch of Ardbeg Almost There, which is still my favourite young Ardbeg. Loves anything with 2 wheels and writing poetry. I just enjoy the job; I think I might be a bit of an whisky enthusiast as well’, ‘[Whisky writer] Michael Jackson told [master blender] Bill Lumsden that he liked his Ardbeg mucky, so he created Uigeadail‘, ‘It’s interesting to look at the stuff we’re laying down now: it’ll probably be going into bottle when I’m not going to be there – I’ll probably be long retired and doing different things. Used to present the Saturday football results on a Highland radio station. 08 March 2017 by Richard Woodard. In October 2020, Mickey Heads will retire as Ardbeg Distillery Manager after 13 years in the role. 4449145). Colin Gordon looks back on eight years with the spirits company Diageo and gained a wide range of experience in various areas of the … The whisky we make here is of wonderful quality, and being part of the team that creates it is fantastic. I said no, I’m not going to work in a distillery’, ‘I went on shift and did distillation and mashing. Distillery: Ardbeg. A good interview for all the Ardbeg and Islay whisky enthusiasts. “We were looking forward to marking Ardbeg Day this year with our dyed-in-the-wool fans here at the Distillery, and at celebrations around world,” said Mickey Heads, Ardbeg Distillery Manager, in a prepared statement. I’m adding to what we’ve already done and looking to the future’, ‘I’ve heard someone describe what we do as being a caretaker, and that’s probably a good word for it. At the 2014 Global Icons of Whisky Awards, Mickey Heads was voted ‘Distillery Manager of the Year’. Strength: 46% abv. Spent 10 years in the Royal Navy. There’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than having the hound himself deliver your whisky. He is just as much a part of Ardbeg as our whisky is. Ardbeg Kildalton Signed by Mickey Heads £ 750.00 View bottle; Ardbeg Blaaack Committee 20th Anniversary Limited Edition No 239 £ 210.00 View bottle; Ardbeg Exploration Pack No 191 £ 100.00 View bottle; Ardbeg Blaaack Committee 20th Anniversary Limited Edition No 336 £ 180.00 View bottle Once saw Elvis Presley climbing a tree outside a bar in Germany. Very deserving recipient of the Global Icon Visitor Centre Manager of the Year Award, World Whisky Awards 2013. Meet some of the characters that give Ardbeg its own singularly unique character. In winter months, can often be found on the hills deer stalking. Always come and say hello if you see me’, ‘I get up in front of people to do a tasting and think, “Wait a minute, I’m a quiet island boy.” It takes a bit of getting used to’, ‘People come along and enjoy the whisky, and that’s what it’s all about: the whisky is the star. They say 13 is an unlucky number, but we at Ardbeg have been extremely lucky to have had Mickey at the helm for 13 successful years. Three cheers: Fans are asked to toast 10 years of Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads. Ardbeg’s manager Mickey Heads celebrating 10 years of service tomorrow. Copyright © The Whisky Exchange 1999-2020 All Rights Reserved. I’m so pleased we can share it with our members. According to Mickey Heads, Ardbeg distillery manager: “… any whiskyphile worth their malt will tell you, beer and whisky share the same DNA. 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