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Ardbeg

Ardbeg is one of the most famous whisky distilleries in the world, and for good reason. The Ardbeg distillery produces some of the finest single malt whisky around and has been doing so for centuries.

The Ardbeg distillery is located on the island of Islay, off the coast of Scotland. The distillery was founded in 1815 by John McDougall and has been in operation ever since. Ardbeg whisky is renowned for its smoky flavour, which comes from the peat that is used to smoke the barley during the whisky-making process.

Ardbeg lies solitary, in a small cove off the south coast of Islay. It was once a stage for illegal distillation when smugglers took advantage of the remote location and exceptional conditions for whisky production. Eventually, excise men seized the original, illegitimate buildings from the smugglers and destroyed them.

It was not until 1815 that a legal distillery was established and founded by John McDougall. Sitting nearby leviathan distilleries; Laphroaig and Lagavulin, Ardbeg has always produced a very sought-after single malt, despite Ardbeg's production scale being less than half that of its neighbours.

Ardbeg ran into some financial difficulties and the distillery was closed in 1981. It was not until 1989 that distillation resumed, although on a very small scale. After closing again in 1996, the owners, Allied Domecq, put the Ardbeg distillery up for sale. It was bought in 1997 by Glenmorangie Co and was, at last, restored to its former grandeur.

Ardbeg's chief watersource, Loch Uigeadail, or ‘dark and mysterious place’ in Gaelic, became the inspiration for a bottling launched in 2003 under the same name. Ardbeg Uigeadail was later Jim Murray’s 2009 World Whisky of the Year, a title held previously by Ardbeg’s ten year-old. Ardbeg has become known for its rich, peated whiskies, very easily identifiable by their fullness of body and perfect harmony of flavour.

Ardbeg was acquired by luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy in 2005. In 2006, Stuart Thompson, who had served as the distillery manager at Ardbeg since the take-over by Glenmorangie PLC in 1997, left the distillery after working there for almost a decade. Following this, Michael "Mickey" Heads, an Islay native and former manager at Jura who had worked at Ardbeg years earlier, took over in March 2007.

Ardbeg release its peatiest expression ever in 2009, in the form of Supernova.

In 2018, construction of a new still house at the Ardbeg distillery began which will house four new stills, while the original still house is being refurbished in order to house six new washbacks. This will increase production from 1.4 million litres to 2.4 million litres.

Ardbeg Uigeadail

70cl, 54.2%

This stunning expression from Islay's Ardbeg distillery on the Kildalton Coast is named after a nearby loch (pronounced "Oog-a-dal"). It's the perfect example of how sweet and savoury notes can work…  More info

Ardbeg Uigeadail
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$56.72

Ardbeg 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 48.4%

This awesome Ardbeg single malt joins the Darkness indie bottling range of intensely sherried whiskies. Matured for a dozen years, including a stay in Oloroso sherry casks, prepare for a…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
$177.35
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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

70cl, 57.1%

Powerfully peaty and immensely satisfying, Ardbeg's Corryvreckan is what happens when the distillery of Islay's Kildalton Coast aims to make a whisky with a particularly medicinal style than its…  More info

Ardbeg Corryvreckan
132
$65.91

Ardbeg 10 Year Old

70cl, 46%

A phenomenal whisky packing powerful peaty deliciousness, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is a favourite of many whisky lovers around the world. Produced on the Kildalton Coast of Islay, this single malt matures…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old
398
$42.53

Ardbeg Monsters of Smoke Gift Set (3 x 200ml)

60cl, 46.7%

Monsterously good whisky from Ardbeg here in a snazzy pack! The Monsters of Smoke Gift Set contains three different single malts from the Islay distillery, presented in 200ml bottles. It includes the…  More info

Ardbeg Monsters of Smoke Gift Set (3 x 200ml)
$37.46

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old

70cl, 47%

Ardbeg's Wee Beastie is a youthful single malt drawn from a combination of ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, bottled up at five years of age. Peaty notes sit at the fore for this one, with oak…  More info

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old
36
$34.22

Ardbeg An Oa

70cl, 46.6%

An Oa is named after the Mull of Oa in the south west of Islay, which offers the Kildaton coast (where Ardbeg distillery is situated) some protection from the worst the Atlantic has to offer! As…  More info

Ardbeg An Oa
59
$42.48

Ardbeg 1974 - Samaroli

70cl, 59%

Someone sound the rare, old, indie Ardbeg alarm, because we've got a 1974 vintage Ardbeg bottled by Samaroli right here! This one was matured in sherry casks and bottled at a robust 59% ABV with an…  More info

Ardbeg 1974 - Samaroli
$7,091.01

Ardbeg 29 Year Old 1991 (cask 1929) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 42.2%

A tremendous indie Ardbeg single malt, brought to us by Mackillop's Choice! It ticks all the best boxes, first off, it comes from Ardbeg, but we mentioned that already, next, it was distilled back in…  More info

Ardbeg 29 Year Old 1991 (cask 1929) - Mackillop's Choice
$1,672.65

Ardbeg An Oa BBQ Smoker Pack

70cl, 46.6%

Ardbeg have gone and made a gift pack that both makes perfect sense but you would have never predicted. The Islay distillery has paired a bottle of its marvellous An Oa single malt with a BBQ smoker!…  More info

Ardbeg An Oa BBQ Smoker Pack
$50.18

Ardbeg 6 Year Old 2011 (cask 2198) - Single Cask

70cl, 60.2%

Single cask single malt from the legendary Ardbeg, distilled in August 2011 and left to aged in a first-fill bourbon barrel. After 6 years of slumber, the whisky was bottled at cask strength in July…  More info

Ardbeg 6 Year Old 2011 (cask 2198) - Single Cask
$1,008.66

Ardbeg Ardcore

70cl, 46%

Ardbeg goes Ardcore! This limited edition expression from the distillery on Islay was made with roasted black malt, giving it an intense flavour profile, which is described as being "like biting a…  More info

Ardbeg Ardcore

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2005 (cask 5460) - Fèis Ìle 2021

70cl, 56.8%

A rather rare and collectible release from Ardbeg, distilled in November 2005 and matured in a single second-fill Oloroso sherry butt for fifteen years. In March 2021, it was bottled up in…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2005 (cask 5460) - Fèis Ìle 2021

Ardbeg 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 46.8%

Sound the indie Ardbeg alarm, because we've got a 24 year old single malt from the aforementioned distillery on the south coast of Islay bottled up for the Darkness range! Not only is this a…  More info

Ardbeg 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)

Ardbeg 17 Year Old

70cl, 40%

Increasingly rare, now discontinued whisky from Ardbeg. Incredibly rich and powerful, and all too easy to drink. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos…  More info

Ardbeg 17 Year Old
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Ardbeg Grooves

70cl, 46%

Ardbeg Grooves was released in celebration of Ardbeg Day 2018, and as ever, the Islay-based distillers have created a most intriguing expression. Part of the whisky that makes up Grooves was matured…  More info

Ardbeg Grooves
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Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

70cl, 49.2%

The Ardbeg Committee edition of the distillery's bicentennial release - Perpetuum. Originally only available from the distillery itself! An accomplished blend of both young and old stock. This…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

Ardbeg 8 Year Old For Discussion - Committee Release

70cl, 50.8%

A boisterous young expression from Ardbeg, this eight year old single malt was produced to be deliberately challenging, originally released as an exclusive for members of the Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg 8 Year Old For Discussion - Committee Release

Ardbeg 19 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 47.8%

Indie bottlings of Ardbeg are marvellous things, though fairly few and far between. This one here is a 19 year old expression from the legendary Islay distillery, which was aged for 19 years before…  More info

Ardbeg 19 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

Ardbeg Scorch

70cl, 46%

Islay's Ardbeg Distillery has gone and aged bottled up some excellent single malt which has been matured in its most heavily charred casks, and appropriately dubbed it Ardbeg Scorch! Almost makes you…  More info

Ardbeg Scorch
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Ardbeg 30 Year Old Guaranteed

70cl, 40%

About as rare as they come, this is one of the very last whiskies released before Ardbeg shut down for a few years. Highly collectable and absolutely incredible in flavour (we've heard). This…  More info

Ardbeg 30 Year Old Guaranteed
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Ardbeg 1975

70cl, 43%

Michael Jackson (whisky writer, not moonwalker) scored this 1975 Ardbeg with a 9 out of 10. An earthy, peppery, citrussy Ardbeg. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Ardbeg 1975
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Ardbeg 1977

70cl, 46%

Rare and delicious Ardbeg! This was distilled in 1977 and bottled in 2001, part of a release of 2,400 bottles. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos…  More info

Ardbeg 1977
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Ardbeg 1978 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

75cl, 40%

A rare old bottling of single malt from Islay's Ardbeg Distillery, which was distilled in 1978 and eventually independently bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. A cracking…  More info

Ardbeg 1978 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Ardbeg Grooves - Committee Release

70cl, 51.6%

The 2018 Ardbeg Day release was Ardbeg Grooves, and as ever, the Islay-based distillers also created something a little special as an Ardbeg Committee Release to go with it. A portion of the whisky…  More info

Ardbeg Grooves - Committee Release

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