Ardgowan Expedition shortlisted in the 2019 Scottish Whisky Awards


The Ardgowan Distillery’s very first whisky “Expedition” has been shortlisted in the 2019 Scottish Whisky Awards.

Ardgowan Expedition, an exclusive 20-year-old premium blended malt specially created by Ardgowan Chairman Willie Phillips, was ranked against its peers in a number of categories.

Commenting on the announcement, Ardgowan Chief Executive Martin McAdam said:

“We are really excited that we’ve been shortlisted as a finalist both for the whisky but also for our product launch and product branding. Working with Willie Phillips to create this product has been an absolute pleasure. He is such a gentleman and so generous with his knowledge. Willie has helped us embed quality in everything we do: obviously that starts with the liquid but then becomes embodied in our approach to marketing, sales and communication.”

Ardgowan Expedition 20-year-old is a blended malt which includes classic single casks from upper Speyside and the northern Highlands. The 600-bottle run also contains whisky which has travelled to the South Pole and back, carried by Polar Explorer Robert Swan OBE.

Each bottle – which retails at £500 – and available at Robert Graham 1874 - has been personally signed and numbered by Willie Phillips, who rose to fame as the managing director of The Macallan from 1978 to 1996.


“We did something special with Expedition – it is not only a great whisky but also a collector’s item. Since releasing Expedition we have now brought Max McFarlane (formerly Master Distiller/Blender at Edrington) on board and he is now working with the team to create our next set of whisky releases which will be under theClydebuilt by Ardgowan label,” Martin McAdam concludes.

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