Just like brewers, we ferment our malt. To give him a fitted goodbye they’ll launch Arrrrrrrdbeg… It’s fallen to me to tell you that Mickey Heads has decided that now is the time to hang up his hydrometer, and step down as our Distillery Manager. Ardbeg’s manager Mickey Heads celebrating 10 years of service tomorrow. I think I’ve been in the right place at the right time a couple of times…’, ‘I’ve been at Ardbeg almost eight years. The whisky we make here is of wonderful quality, and being part of the team that creates it is fantastic. The 20th manager to take the reins at Ardbeg and genuine Ileach. Distillery manager Mickey Heads is retiring from Ardbeg distillery this year after being the captain of the ship since 2007. Born on Islay, Heads was appointed distillery manager in 2007, 10 years after Ardbeg was acquired by the Glenmorangie Company and re … There’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than having the hound himself deliver your whisky. Ardbeg Perpetuum Distillery Release available to buy or sell at Whisky Auctioneer online scotch whisky auctions. Mickey Heads. Michael "Mickey" Heads, an Islay native and former manager at Jura who had worked at Ardbeg years earlier, took over on 12 March 2007. We had a quick chat about life and Ardbeg and then I asked him what his connection with Ardbeg was. (Photo by Martin Hunter) Islay is a small island, just 239 square miles, and—with nine working distilleries and counting—whisky is the heart of the community. In October of this year, Mickey Heads, Ardbeg's Distillery Manager will retire after 13 years at the helm - leaving big boots (as well as casks) to fill at the Islay distillery. Once saw Elvis Presley climbing a tree outside a bar in Germany. The distillery was reopened by Ed Dodson in 1997 and handed over to Stuart Thomson, who managed it from 1997 to 2006. Encounter number one: September 2010. Distillery Manager Mickey Heads profiles Ardbeg Uigeadail. 13 Comments on In their own words – Mickey Heads, distillery manager, Ardbeg. If there are any further updates from the Distillery, I will of course be in touch. Here’s what he had to say about life on Islay. 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. The distillery has been owned by Glenmorangie since 1997. Two men are mainly responsible for what’s being bottled – Mickey Heads and Dr. Bill Lumsden. I did malting, warehousing, I did it all, bits and pieces as well. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. We recently managed to grab a few minutes before a whisky tasting with Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads. Registered in England and Wales (Company No. August 20 — In October of this year, Mickey Heads, Ardbeg’s Distillery Manager will retire after 13 years at the helm – leaving big boots (as well as casks) to fill at the Islay distillery. Ardbeg Perpetuum Bicentenary Release / Signed by Mickey Heads Jump to navigation Heads is an Islay native who is the current distillery manager. We recently managed to grab a few minutes before a whisky tasting with Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads. Mickey Heads. Ardbeg was voted ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’ twice by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible (2008, 2009) and has twice been awarded ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards (2010, 2013). I’m here looking after it at the moment and there will be someone else looking after it long after I’m not here’, ‘I live 100 metres from my office. Today, June 3 2017, is Ardbeg Day and a great time to share with you the greatness of Ardbeg and Distillery Manager Mickey Heads. 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A good interview for all the Ardbeg and Islay whisky enthusiasts. 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. Επιπλέον, ο Mickey Heads, Ardbeg Distillery Manager, προσέθεσε: «Η προσθήκη μιας νέας ετικέτας στην βασική συλλογή του Ardbeg, είναι πάντα μια σημαντική στιγμή για εμάς εδώ στο αποστακτήριο, αλλά το Wee Beastie είναι ένα ιδιαίτερα ξεχωριστό dram. The story goes that during Ardbeg’s closure, the team at Laphroaig would trek down to Ardbeg to run the stills for just a couple weeks per year, just enough to not let the equipment rust and rot away. Now Ardbeg is happy to announce the appointment of Mickey's successor - Colin Gordon - who is joining as Distillery Production Manager. “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. 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. 4449145). Since March we have known that Ardbegs DistilleryManager Mickey Heads will retire this year (we reported). Mickey’s official retirement date isn’t until October this year, so we’re pleased that he’ll be with us to celebrate Ardbeg Day 2020. Fantasy dinner party companions would be Valentino, Charles Luciano, Charlies Darwin (Bill’s scientific hero), Michael Jackson or Prince and Kim Novac. You need to keep your signature, but just give a little something new that people can discuss and enjoy’, ‘2015 is our 200th anniversary: it’s going to be a busy year’, RT @WhiskyExchange: Today on the blog, we speak to @ardbeg_com distillery manager Mickey Heads about life on Islay – http://t.co/7ItfwMTPGd, In their own words – Mickey Heads, distillery manager, Ardbeg http://t.co/Y1E88R8Zuf http://t.co/ygFU7HSqT7, RT @Getthescotch: In their own words – Mickey Heads, distillery manager, Ardbeg http://t.co/Y1E88R8Zuf http://t.co/ygFU7HSqT7, […] Blog von The Whisky Exchange kommt Mickey Heads, der Distillery Manager bei Ardbeg, zu Wort. Three cheers: Fans are asked to toast 10 years of Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads. The name Ardbeg is an anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic An Àird Bheag, meaning The Small Promontory. Now the Islay distilleryhas unveiled his successor: Colin Gordon will take up the position as DistilleryProductionManager on October 1, 2020. Region: Islay. A couple of glorious Indian summer days, when the Corryvreckan whirlpool off Jura was reduced to a millpond and … This is big, bold and complex. The Committee have invested much in ensuring the future of the Distillery and it’s only right that they should share the rewards of its turbulent past too.” A bit of fencing, a bit of ditching, getting my hands dirty. It’s a beautiful part of the world – I walk out the door and I can see Kintyre, the hills of Ireland, the reefs and all that: it’s a great place to live and work. Copyright © The Whisky Exchange 1999-2020 All Rights Reserved. Meet some of the characters that give Ardbeg its own singularly unique character. ‘1 October 1979: I remember that date. A real baptism of […]. This bottle has been signed by the one and only Mickey Heads Distillery Manager & Chairman of the Ardbeg Committee. Ardbeg born and bred (when Ardbeg was still a village). The Whisky Exchange is the registered trademark of Speciality Drinks Limited. He is being interviewed by The Drink Business Magazine. 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. The Ardbeg Distillery has actually released a search for a new distillery manager. Hundreds of Ileachs (Scots Gaelic for someone from Islay) are employed in the whisky business, and clichés … In truth, Mickey’s retirement only comes in part for now, as he’ll continue to be your Committee Chairman for the next three years. 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. Now Ardbeg is happy to announce the appointment of Mickey’s successor – Colin Gordon – who is joining as Distillery Production Manager. In October this year, Mickey Heads will retire as supervisor after 13 years in the role. In Port Ellen geboren, hatte er […]. While not outright stated and based on the color of their whiskies, Ardbeg doesn’t seem to add caramel coloring. 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 Loves anything with 2 wheels and writing poetry. Most unassuming man you’ll ever meet. A true gent! Spent 10 years in the Royal Navy. Mickey Heads, who is the Chairman of the Ardbeg Committee, said: “Ardbeg Twenty One is a shining example of Ardbeg’s enduring spirit. I met a friendly old boy at the Ardbeg distillery the the other day. Like his father and grandfather before him (his grandfather was head maltman at Port Ellen and his father was a stillman), Mickey has a true passion for distilling and continues this legacy from his home at the Ardbeg … Mickey Heads DISTILLERY MANAGER & CHAIRMAN OF THE ARDBEG COMMITTEE The 20th manager to take the reins at Ardbeg and genuine Ileach. Mickey Heads (left, with Laphroaig master distiller John Campbell) is retiring from Ardbeg after 13 years as distillery manager. In their own words – Mickey Heads, distillery manager, Ardbeg. Well-deserved winner of Icons of Whisky Global Distillery Manager of the Year 2014. Islay single malt Ardbeg is asking fans to pour a dram and give three cheers for Mickey Heads, who is celebrating a decade as distillery manager. Thursday, 01 April 2010; Tonight a whisky related video with Michael Heads, distillery manager of Ardbeg distillery. 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. According to Mickey Heads, Ardbeg distillery manager: “… any whiskyphile worth their malt will tell you, beer and whisky share the same DNA. With very best wishes from everyone at Ardbeg, Mickey Heads Committee Chairman I’m so pleased we can share it with our members. “Sadly, global events overtook us. By Jesse Proulx on 2017-03-06 0. Ardbeg has such a long history, I’ve always seen myself as a custodian carrying it forward for the next generation. 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. […] make sure you kick back on Saturday with a glass of Ardbeg, and raise a toast to distillery manager Mickey Heads and his team. Ardbeg has been celebrating on social media and has some special event planned to be announced shortly. Bottle Size: 70cl. Distillery: Ardbeg. Well-deserved winner of Icons of Whisky Global Distillery Manager of the Year 2014. Please note that there might be minor scratches on the bottle/bottles labels, and packaging. He is just as much a part of Ardbeg as our whisky is. Over the past decade Ardbeg and Mickey have been exposing the whisky world to intriguing drinking experiences and flavors that have become many a whisky fan’s all time favorite. I said no, I’m not going to work in a distillery’, ‘I went on shift and did distillation and mashing. 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. Here’s what he had to say about life on Islay. ‘I was born in Port Ellen too many years ago to mention’, ‘1 October 1979: I remember that date. Awards. 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. Distillery Manager Mickey Heads profiles Ardbeg Uigeadail. Production is the big thing that’s changed since then – we’re working 7 days a week and have gone from 10 guys working up to 18 of us’, ‘It’s great to see people at the distillery. Colin Gordon looks back on eight years with the spirits company Diageo and gained a wide range of experience in various areas of the … That’s where it started for me’, ‘I did not plan on going into whisky making, because both my father and grandfather were into it – my grandfather was head maltman at Port Ellen and my father was a stillman. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Meet some of the characters that give Ardbeg its own singularly unique character. At the 2014 Global Icons of Whisky Awards, Mickey Heads was voted ‘Distillery Manager of the Year’. Strength: 46% abv. Very deserving recipient of the Global Icon Visitor Centre Manager of the Year Award, World Whisky Awards 2013. Michael “Mickey” Heads, an Islay native and former manager at Jura who had worked at Ardbeg years earlier, took over on March 12, 2007. Ian Henderson [Laphroaig manager at the time] asked me to be assistant brewer, and I went from there. Plenty to keep me going and keep me fit’, ‘We’ve had the Galileos and Alligators – they’ve got quirky names but the thing about them is that the quality is always very good. ‘I was born in Port Ellen too many years ago to mention’. Mickey Heads, Manager of the Ardbeg distillery will be celebrating 10 years of service on 2017/03/07. 08 March 2017 by Richard Woodard. Interview with Micky Heads of Ardbeg. 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. In winter months, can often be found on the hills deer stalking. Distillery Manager Mickey Heads said: “Shortie is a bona-fide Islay icon. Used to present the Saturday football results on a Highland radio station. 07 March 2017 by Melita Kiely. In October 2020, Mickey Heads will retire as Ardbeg Distillery Manager after 13 years in the role. 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