I did malting, warehousing, I did it all, bits and pieces as well. Mickey Heads said: “Being at the helm of Ardbeg for 13 years has been a great privilege. 13 Comments on In their own words – Mickey Heads, distillery manager, Ardbeg. 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. There’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than having the hound himself deliver your whisky. […] make sure you kick back on Saturday with a glass of Ardbeg, and raise a toast to distillery manager Mickey Heads and his team. In October this year, Mickey Heads will retire as supervisor after 13 years in the role. 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. ‘I was born in Port Ellen too many years ago to mention’. 4449145). In their own words – Mickey Heads, distillery manager, Ardbeg. Ardbeg has such a long history, I’ve always seen myself as a custodian carrying it forward for the next generation. I’m so pleased we can share it with our members. We recently managed to grab a few minutes before a whisky tasting with Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads. Most unassuming man you’ll ever meet. Heads is an Islay native who is the current distillery manager. I said no, I’m not going to work in a distillery’, ‘I went on shift and did distillation and mashing. 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 … While not outright stated and based on the color of their whiskies, Ardbeg doesn’t seem to add caramel coloring. Hundreds of Ileachs (Scots Gaelic for someone from Islay) are employed in the whisky business, and clichés … Interview with Micky Heads of Ardbeg. Very deserving recipient of the Global Icon Visitor Centre Manager of the Year Award, World Whisky Awards 2013. Used to present the Saturday football results on a Highland radio station. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The distillery was reopened by Ed Dodson in 1997 and handed over to Stuart Thomson, who managed it from 1997 to 2006. Born on Islay, Heads was appointed distillery manager in 2007, 10 years after Ardbeg was acquired by the Glenmorangie Company and re … 08 March 2017 by Richard Woodard. The Whisky Exchange is the registered trademark of Speciality Drinks Limited. 07 March 2017 by Melita Kiely. Encounter number one: September 2010. Thursday, 01 April 2010; Tonight a whisky related video with Michael Heads, distillery manager of Ardbeg distillery. Distillery Manager Mickey Heads said: “Shortie is a bona-fide Islay icon. Mickey Heads DISTILLERY MANAGER & CHAIRMAN OF THE ARDBEG COMMITTEE The 20th manager to take the reins at Ardbeg and genuine Ileach. Now Ardbeg is happy to announce the appointment of Mickey's successor - Colin Gordon - who is joining as Distillery Production Manager. Bottle Size: 70cl. 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. Three cheers: Fans are asked to toast 10 years of Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads. Mickey Heads, Manager of the Ardbeg distillery will be celebrating 10 years of service on 2017/03/07. 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. Region: Islay. 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. Meet some of the characters that give Ardbeg its own singularly unique character. To give him a fitted goodbye they’ll launch Arrrrrrrdbeg… 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. Ardbeg born and bred (when Ardbeg was still a village). In October 2020, Mickey Heads will retire as Ardbeg Distillery Manager after 13 years in the role. 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 Mickey Heads. This is big, bold and complex. In Port Ellen geboren, hatte er […]. If there are any further updates from the Distillery, I will of course be in touch. Ardbeg Perpetuum Bicentenary Release / Signed by Mickey Heads Jump to navigation We recently managed to grab a few minutes before a whisky tasting with Ardbeg distillery manager Mickey Heads. Distillery: Ardbeg. The 20th manager to take the reins at Ardbeg and genuine Ileach. 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. 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. ‘I was born in Port Ellen too many years ago to mention’, ‘1 October 1979: I remember that date. 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. Spent 10 years in the Royal Navy. A real baptism of […]. Michael "Mickey" Heads, an Islay native and former manager at Jura who had worked at Ardbeg years earlier, took over on 12 March 2007. Well-deserved winner of Icons of Whisky Global Distillery Manager of the Year 2014. 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This bottle has been signed by the one and only Mickey Heads Distillery Manager & Chairman of the Ardbeg Committee. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The name Ardbeg is an anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic An Àird Bheag, meaning The Small Promontory. Mickey Heads. 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. 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. Today, June 3 2017, is Ardbeg Day and a great time to share with you the greatness of Ardbeg and Distillery Manager Mickey Heads. 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. 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. Distillery Manager Mickey Heads profiles Ardbeg Uigeadail. 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. 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. The distillery has been owned by Glenmorangie since 1997. 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). 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. The Ardbeg Distillery has actually released a search for a new distillery manager. Loves anything with 2 wheels and writing poetry. Ardbeg has been celebrating on social media and has some special event planned to be announced shortly. A true gent! Fantasy dinner party companions would be Valentino, Charles Luciano, Charlies Darwin (Bill’s scientific hero), Michael Jackson or Prince and Kim Novac. Ardbeg’s acclaimed outgoing Distillery manager, Michael (Mickey) Heads, has more than 30 years of experience in the whisky industry. A good interview for all the Ardbeg and Islay whisky enthusiasts. Distillery manager Mickey Heads is retiring from Ardbeg distillery this year after being the captain of the ship since 2007. Registered Office: Elixir House, Whitby Avenue, Park Royal, London NW10 7SF, UK. He is just as much a part of Ardbeg as our whisky is. Ardbeg Perpetuum Distillery Release available to buy or sell at Whisky Auctioneer online scotch whisky auctions. Just like brewers, we ferment our malt. 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. Please note that there might be minor scratches on the bottle/bottles labels, and packaging. Here’s what he had to say about life on Islay. Meet some of the characters that give Ardbeg its own singularly unique character. Copyright © The Whisky Exchange 1999-2020 All Rights Reserved. We had a quick chat about life and Ardbeg and then I asked him what his connection with Ardbeg was. “Sadly, global events overtook us. I met a friendly old boy at the Ardbeg distillery the the other day. 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