About Ardbeg Whisky Distillery
1 000 000 litres
Near Port Ellen, Islay, Argyll
The Glenmorangie Co (Moët Hennessy)
First record of a distillery at Ardbeg. It was founded by Alexander Stewart.
The MacDougalls, later to become licensees of Ardbeg, are active on the site through Duncan MacDougall.
The current distillery is founded by John MacDougall, son of Duncan MacDougall.
Alexander MacDougall, John’s son, dies and sisters Margaret and Flora MacDougall, assisted by Colin Hay, continue the running of the distillery. Colin Hay takes over the licence when the sisters die.
Colin Elliot Hay and Alexander Wilson Gray Buchanan renew their license.
Colin Hay’s son takes over the license.
Ardbeg Distillery Ltd is founded.
Hiram Walker and Distillers Company Ltd jointly purchase the distillery for £300 000
Widely considered as the last vintage of ‘old, peaty’ Ardbeg. Malt which has not been produced in the distillery´s own maltings is used in increasingly larger shares after this year.
Hiram Walker assumes single control of the distillery. Ardbeg closes its maltings.
Kildalton, a less peated malt, is produced over a number of years.
The distillery closes in March.
Allied Lyons takes over Hiram Walker and thereby Ardbeg.
Production is restored with Iain Henderson as Manager. All malt is taken from Port Ellen.
The distillery closes in July and Allied Distillers decides to put it up for sale during the autumn.
Glenmorangie plc buys the distillery for £7 million (whereof £5.5 million is for whisky in storage). On stream from 25th June. Ardbeg 17 years old and Provenance are launched
A new visitor centre opens.
Ardbeg 10 years is introduced. The Ardbeg Committee (a worldwide forum for Ardbeg fans) is launched and has 30 000 members after a few years.
Lord of the Isles 25 years and Ardbeg 1977 are launched.
Ardbeg Committee Reserve and Ardbeg 1974 are launched.
Uigeadail is launched.
Very Young Ardbeg (6 years) and a limited edition of Ardbeg Kildalton (1300 bottles) are launched. The latter is a non-peated cask strength from 1980.
Serendipity is launched.
Ardbeg 1965 and Still Young are launched. Distillery Manager Stuart Thomson leaves Ardbeg after nine years. Almost There (9 years old) and Airigh Nam Beist are released.
Michael Heads becomes the new distillery manager. Ardbeg Mor, a 10 year old in 4.5 litre bottles is released.
The new 10 year old, Corryvreckan, Rennaisance, Blasda and Mor II are released.
Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde