Ardbeg’s monster ‘Ice Scream’ truck to tour UK in the leadup to Halloween

Ardbeg’s monster ‘Ice Scream’ truck to tour UK in the leadup to Halloween

The grown-up ice cream truck will serve up limited-edition treats in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh

News | 25 Oct 2021

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Complete with horns, tentacles and beady eyes, the Ice Scream truck will tour three UK cities – London, Glasgow and Edinburgh – between 26 and 31 October. It will be serving exclusive ice creams created for Halloween in collaboration with artisan ice cream parlour Ruby Violet, made with and without Ardbeg’s smoky Islay single malts.

The truck was created by London-based creative event production company The Persuaders and took three months to make, and its design pays homage to classic B-Movie beasts of the silver screen.

The ice creams created by Ruby Violet for Ardberg include the ‘Cookies & Scream’ (Ardbeg Wee Beastie ice cream sandwiched between charcoal cookies, coated in optional crunchy mealworms), the ‘Ahhh, No! Bar’ (Lapsang Souchong ice cream with an Ardbeg An Oa caramel centre coated in white chocolate), and the ‘Ice Cream Groan’ (a charcoal cone filled with Ardbeg Ten smoky blackcurrant ice cream, topped with sour cherries and a brittle insect-flecked shard).

All three ice cream serves will also be available to buy from Ruby Violet’s King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard outlet in London from Friday, 22 October, as long as stocks last.

Visitors of the Ice Scream truck can also book a 45-minute slot in a scary Monsters of Smoke ‘cage’, an extension to the truck, to indulge in cocktails such as the ‘Cherry Lipsmacke’r (a twist on the old favourite of whisky and cola, with flavours of smoky tea, treacle toffee, cigar smoke and aniseed), the ‘Begroni’ (herbaceous and chocolatey, made with Ardbeg Wee Beastie), and the ‘New Fashioned’ (made with Ardbeg Ten Years Old and redolent of black pepper, cinnamon toffee, chewy peat oil and blackcurrant).

Colin Gordon, Ardbeg distillery manager, said: “Our ‘Ice Scream’ truck will be prowling the country this month, leaving smoky delights in its wake during the spookiest time of the year. I’d urge whisky lovers to beware though: Ardbeg Wee Beastie is a dram with quite a bite, so while it may be encased in ice cream, you’ll still need to be on your guard…”

The truck’s tour dates are: 26 and 27 October at Covent Garden Piazza, London; 29 October at Drygate Brewery, Glasgow; 30 October at St James Quarter, Edinburgh; and 31 October at Castle Street, Edinburgh.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance here, and members of the Ardbeg Committee will receive a voucher for a complimentary serve of their choice if signed up by 21 October.
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