Islay is a Scottish island famous for producing peated malt whiskies. But Islay is also known for its thick coastal mist.
Ardbeg tried to capture this weather into a unique carafe: Ardbeg Haar. “Haar” is a Gaelic word used to describe this fog forming on the sea and covering the island.
Here’s how it works: the carafe converts the whisky into a cloud of small droplets, using ultrasound pads and crystals that create vibrations. The cloud slowly moves up the carafe and is collected in a glass. It is then recommended to sip the whisky through a straw with holes on the sides to enhance the texture and extend the experiment.
This hi-tech invention was created in collaboration with Harvard Professor and inventor David Edwards and Le Laboratoire, the Parisian contemporary art and design centre.
Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling and whisky creation for the The Glenmorangie Company, explains his inspiration for this innovation: “The haar rolling in from the sea is as familiar a sight to island life as the precious peat which influences our whiskies. We believe that in this sampling ritual we have captured the essence of its elusive qualities. The swirling mist will intrigue, immersing people in the aromas, tastes and textures of the ultimate Islay malt whisky.”
For the whisky lovers who want to experiment this rare ritual, here’s the list of the venues serving it:
- Hakkasan Mayfair (London)
- Dabbous (London)
- Hawksmoor (Manchester)
- Tigerlily (Edinburgh)