Committee Member 39321
San Jose, California, USA
"Ardbeg crazy" Tim owns a website called The Ardbeg Project (TAP) that records all the Single Malt Whisky ever produced and bottled by the Ardbeg Distillery. For this remarkable combination of obsession and evangelism, Tim has rightfully earned his anorak. Here he spills the beans on how it came about...
In late 2007 my boss gave me a bottle of Ardbeg 10 Years Old. I knew immediately that this was the start of my Single Malt journey, and the beginning of an Ardbeg obsession.
I quickly realised there was a lot of information about Ardbeg bottlings out there, but it wasn't easy to find in one place. I started adding different Ardbeg expressions to a Google spreadsheet, and I would record the unique bottle codes to confirm the years and label varieties. Eventually I thought it would be nice to have a Master Bottle Code List, including picture references. But it was all fairly unorganised, so in late 2008 I thought about making a website to keep track of everything.
I see 'The Ardbeg Project' as a community oriented project to celebrate what has become my favourite Single Malt Scotch. I've had help from online friends in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Kansas and California. Gordon Homer ('Spirit of Islay') helped me with the Committee bottle and Feis Ile information and Geert Bero ('Ardbeg Collection') confirmed all of my Single Cask information. Thomas Kruger ('Whisky Auction') gave me permission to use his pictures. The guys from PLOWED Society and many whiskymag forum members emailed me bottle codes and other information so I was lucky enough to have help from virtually around the globe. Over 45 countries have visited the site since it was announced in May, and I hope to have contributions from many more in the future.
Currently I would say I'm about 30% done. I would like to think that I can finish it without visiting Ardbeg, but it would be good to see the Old Kiln and the folks at Ardbeg for "research purposes". In this economy I'll probably have to wait a year or two for my first visit to "Mecca". I'll definitely be finished by 2015, in time for Ardbeg's 200th Anniversary, and by then I hope to have a trip planned to help celebrate the momentous occasion with the folks at Ardbeg!