Ardbeg embarks on a new adventure as they launch the first ever series of whiskies exclusive to Travel Retail: Ardbeg Smoketrails.

The collection will offer a chance for whisky-loving travellers to take their palate on a journey, exploring the influence of different casks from around the world on the signature Ardbeg style.

The Islay Distillery’s first release in the new series, Ardbeg Smoketrails Manzanilla Edition, marries malt matured in classic Ardbeg American oak casks with Manzanilla sherry casks from Sanlúcar de Barrameda on Spain’s Atlantic coast. The result is a salty, maritime character combined with a powerful blast of classic Ardbeg smoke.

As a Travel Retail exclusive, smoky malt fans will only find bottles of Ardbeg Smoketrails in international travel hubs, i.e., selected airports around the globe and the ultimate tourist destination – Ardbeg Distillery.

As seen on DF Hunter last month:

ARDventure awaits! Ardbeg unveils Smoketrails duty-free exclusive series of limited edition whiskies – Duty Free Hunter


Colin Gordon, Ardbeg Distillery Manager, said: “For each Smoketrails release we’ll pack our suitcase and zig zag across the globe in search of new flavour adventures – in this case, to the Spanish coast for the finest Manzanilla casks. With a unique batch code on this and future bottlings, we hope Ardbeggians will jump at the chance to get their hands on this delectable, collectable dram when they are on their travels.”

Ardbeg’s Master Distiller, Dr Bill Lumsden, said: “In Ardbeg Smoketrails Manzanilla Edition, salty sea spray and deep, nutty notes mingle with pungent aromas of soot, dark chocolate and Brazil nuts. Clouds of pine and fennel fill the senses with notes of saddle soap and aniseed trailing gently behind. All I have to say to anybody who lays their hands on a bottle is… get ready for a smoky blast!”


Moët Hennessy has partnered with Dufry and Heathrow Airport to unveil Ardbeg Smoketrails Manzanilla Edition in a disruptive pop-up located in Terminal 5 and running from October 5th to November 30th.

Travellers can now embark with Shortie on a high-flying interactive experience across the globe, a journey through the fantastic Ardbeg Smoketrails universe searching for the best casks – the first stop is in Spain. A choice between specially curated cocktails or tasting neat and pairing with premium sea salt chocolate echoing the hints of salinity and chocolate of the Manzanilla edition awaits their palate. A collector bandana is to be had by the lucky few.

“Ardbeg Smoketrails Manzanilla Edition is the 1st release of a new collection of whiskies exclusive to travel retail, each with a unique cask origin reflecting the travel universe. Limited batches will excite whisky lovers who will most likely buy a bottle to taste and one to collect!” Edouard Dordor, Moët Hennessy Travel Retail Marketing and Business Development Director.

For more news on this series and all things Ardbeg, lovers of smoky single malt can join the Ardbeg Committee at Membership is free and all Ardbeg fans are welcome.

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