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19 Jul 2012

Ardbeg Galileo

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * News

Ardbeg GalileoArdbeg Galileo is a 1999 vintage (contrary to previous special editions that were usually NAS), aged 12-13 years and bottled at 49%. Its label was registered in February this year and the release is expected in September 2012. It’s supposed to be a combination of first-fill ex-bourbon casks with a kind of Sicilian Marsala wine-enhanced version of Ardbeg Alligator.


Ardbeg 1999 ‘Galileo’ (49%, OB 2012)

An Ardbeg “Rocket Tour” is going on in the US as we speak, marketed alongside the experiment which involved a small sample of Ardbeg new-make being taken to the International Space Station. Galileo is celebrating this first ever whisky experiment in space.

Update: there have been a lot of rumours going on for this Ardbeg Galileo, but soon after this blog post, LVMH in Holland has confirmed its existence and the fact that it’s scheduled for September. It will cost around € 90. In the meantime, here are the official tasting notes as mentioned on the back label:

Nose Cone: Spicy toffee, tropical fruits and a puff of soot. Taste: salty, yet sweet with cream and a burst of smoking apricots. Finish: long, lingering and serene.

Ardbeg Galileo Ruben Luyten 2012-07-19
  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    let’s see 😉

  • Joshua Feldman

    You had me at “a puff of soot”. I’m very excited.

  • WhiskyNotes

    Update: @MaltbankHerald heard that it’s a marsala finish. That makes sense, given the uncommon notes of tropical fruits and apricots in an Ardbeg.

  • Gert-Jan(

    Just got confirmation release date in the Netherlands around 1 september!

  • Gert-Jan

    Also marsala cask finish confirmed this time by LVMH Netherlands, due 1 september to be delivered at the Embassies!

  • Raphael

    I am not exited. I am looking for quality in the bottle rather than hoo-ha around it. Alligator is a telling example of the latter.
    Marsala finish ? oh dear….

  • Norbert / Maltbank Herald

    Earlier the @Caskstrength blog mentioned : ” There was a little chatter about the (not-so-secret) Galileo bottling from 1999 – matured in wine (Marsala?) ” 3rd June 2012

  • Arthur

    My local store added it to the inventory a few weeks ago @ $79.55. Looking forward to tasting it.

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September 2015
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  • Tony: Yes, lower! It is almost unheard of for a more recent and older aged bottling to be 30% cheaper than the previously released one. Maybe that also help
  • Tony: True - I had it in my basket in one web shop as soon as it was announced, but it disappeared before I could check out! Luckily I have some of the prev
  • WhiskyNotes: I don't know, Gal. This kind of bottle is either sold out through pre-orders, or in a webshop five minutes after it appears online.

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