High-tech carafe re-creates Islay mists in bars for Ardbeg


Ardbeg Haar

A unique new serve has been developed for Islay malt Ardbeg that aims to recreate the island’s thick, peaty coastal mists in bars around the UK.

It is created by pouring the whisky into the Ardbeg Haar carafe which has ultrasound pads that emit rapid vibrations, producing micro droplets to form a mist so Ardbeg can be experienced in cloud form.

The carafe is being used by bartenders around the UK including at Tigerlily in Edinburgh, Hawksmoor in Manchester, and Oskar’s Bar at Dabbous and Hakkasan Mayfair in London.

It takes its name from the Scottish word “haar” – a cold fog which sweeps in from the sea without warning, often enveloping Islay and the distillery which clings to its coastline.

It is especially designed for heightening the enjoyment of sampling Ardbeg Ten Years Old, Ardbeg Uigeadail and Ardbeg Corryvreckan.

Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling and whisky creation, explained the inspiration behind Ardbeg Haar: “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’.”

The carafe was developed by Harvard professor David Edwards and Le Laboratoire in Paris. The base of the carafe contains crystals that vibrate rapidly to create an ultrasonic pressure wave, which causes droplets to lift from the surface of the liquid into the air.

The resulting cloud of Ardbeg slowly moves up the funnel of the carafe, where it can be collected in a glass and then sipped through a special straw. The straw is designed with holes at the sides rather than at the end to enhance the experience.

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