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Ardnamurchan Distillery release whisky to celebrate the Scottish Midge

In a joint effort, Ardnamurchan Distillery have collaborated with Smidge, the UK's No.1 Midge Repellent brand, to create a whisky that pays tribute to the ubiquitous midge.

“Smidge is excited to be collaborating with Ardnamurchan distillery on their Midgie whisky. They are in the heart of midge territory and it’s a great celebration of one of the most feared Highland animals (but also respected due to their clever survival tactics under often difficult conditions)” says Dr Alison Blackwell, Director of APS Biocontrol Ltd.

The Midgie will be available from UK specialist retailers from the 17th of May. A full list of UK stockists can be found on the Ardnamurchan Distillery website. With a retail price of £52 per bottle, it offers exceptional value for whisky lovers across the UK. The whisky is bottled at 48% ABV and is made up of a mix of ex-Madeira and Sauternes barriques, as well as some ex-Bourbon barrels and a sherry butt. As with the rest of the Ardnamurchan whisky range, the Midgie has a blockchain enabled QR code on the back label which, when scanned, will reward the consumer with a wealth of information about their bottle of whisky.

Alex Bruce, Managing Director of Ardnamurchan Distillery said: ‘We are delighted to be celebrating the infamous Scottish beastie so synonymous with Ardnamurchan and to be collaborating with Smidge, our seasonal saviour in the West. This is a whisky true to its surroundings with a familiar persistence and coastal bite.’

The tasting notes for the Midgie contains brandy snaps, pancake batter, crystallised ginger, nougat, smoked Manuka honey, love hearts, satsuma peel, freshly squeezed orange juice, extinguished candle. Followed by mouth cooling fresh mint, bread and butter pudding, Edinburgh rock, cooked peaches, salted almonds, cookie dough, ashy. It has a sweet, smoky, lingering finish, with a bite.


The Midgie

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In collaboration with Smidge - the UK's No.1 Midge Repellent

Smidge is a family-friendly, DEET-free insect repellent, developed in Scotland by biting-midge experts under the harshest of conditions. Smidge works on all biting insects (including midges, mosquitoes and ticks) by throwing the little bleeders off your scent, providing instant, sweat-proof protection for up to 8 hours.

It’s highly likely that you will encounter midges during a visit to western Scotland (including the Ardnamurchan Peninsula) between May and September but given their tiny size (a wingspan of only 2-3mm), you may well feel them before seeing them. The dominant species in Scotland, the Highland Midge, earns its place as Scotland’s most ferocious foe. You’ll be an all-you-can-eat buffet for their miniature scissor-like jaws if you foolishly venture out in ‘midge weather’ unprepared. Despite their reputation, midges shouldn’t put you off from enjoying the great Scottish scenery.

The Smidge team provides a daily Midge Forecast for the whole country and together with Smidge, can fully prepare you for your next adventure.

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