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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 Still Young

70cl, 56.2%

Part of a range from Ardbeg exhibiting the affects of age on their wonderful single malt whisky. Still Young represents the second stage, aged for 8 years. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Ardbeg Still Young
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Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! - Committee Release

70cl, 51.8%

This special release from Ardbeg was produced especially for the Ardbeg Committee, to celebrate Mickey Heads' 13 years as distillery manager. Managers are a bit like captains aren't they, so you…  More info

Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! - Committee Release

Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles 25 Year Old

70cl, 46%

One malt to rule them all. An incredible dram, Whisky Mag recommended, Lord of the Isles is an exquisite Ardbeg, matured for 25 years. This is rich, full-bodied, with good sweetness. This bottle…  More info

Ardbeg Lord Of The Isles 25 Year Old
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Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Reserve

70cl, 57.3%

On the 15th February 2010, the release of Ardbeg Rollercoaster was met with palpable excitement. The 50,000 Committee Members were keen to get their hands on the 15,000 bottles and apparently the…  More info

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Reserve
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SMWS 33.136 10 Year Old 2008

70cl, 51.7%

An incredible indie Islay here, distilled by the legendary Ardbeg Distillery! This one was set aside to slumber in a first-fill ex-bourbon cask in 2008, and slumber it did for ten years, before it…  More info

SMWS 33.136 10 Year Old 2008

Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release

70cl, 51.2%

The Committee Release of Ardbeg Alligator, so named for the barrels it was aged in; the American oak casks were given such an intense char, the resulting charcoal surface resembled alligator skin!…  More info

Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release
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Ardbeg Kildalton 2014

70cl, 46%

Ardbeg! Yum yum yum yum yum... The limited edition Ardbeg Kildalton 2014 is matured in ex-bourbon and ex-Sherry casks and bottled at 46% ABV with no chill-filtration. Fun fact! If the name Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg Kildalton 2014
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Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old - Batch 3

70cl, 46.2%

Ardbeg has gone and made a third batch of its Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, and again, it's a marvellous expression showing just how well the distillery's whisky does after a…  More info

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old - Batch 3

Ardbeg Supernova (2009 Stellar Release)

70cl, 58.9%

The most heavily peated Ardbeg ever released. In our humble opinion, this is the best of the heavily peated whiskies available today. Top tip - this whisky makes a lot more sense if you 'build up' to…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova (2009 Stellar Release)
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Ardbeg Scorch - Committee Release

70cl, 51.7%

This is the marvellous Ardbeg Scorch, matured in the distillery's most heavily charred casks. Positively erupting with smoke and char, it really is a scorcher! This particular edition is the…  More info

Ardbeg Scorch - Committee Release

Ardbeg Supernova 2019 (SN2019) - Committee Release

70cl, 53.8%

To celebrate Ardbeg sending some whisky molecules into space back in 2011, the Supernova expression was born! At 100PPM (rather than 55PPM), it's the peatiest expression from the Islay distillery…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2019 (SN2019) - Committee Release
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Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old - Batch 2

70cl, 46.2%

It's the second batch of Ardbeg's Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old single malt! Like the first batch, this excellent Islay whisky was drawn from a combo of American oak and Oloroso sherry casks, though with a…  More info

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old - Batch 2

Ardbog (Ardbeg)

70cl, 52.1%

A limited edition Ardbeg released during the Fèis Ìle whisky festival. Aged in a combination of bourbon as well as some Manzanilla sherry casks, it was produced for 'Ardbog Day', which was celebrated…  More info

Ardbog (Ardbeg)
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Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release

70cl, 55%

The 2014 're-entry' Committee Release of Ardbeg's celebrated Supernova, sought-after super-peaty whisky from this famous Islay distillery. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release
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Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release

70cl, 55%

Released in 2016, this Committee Release of Dark Cove was matured in ex-bourbon and "dark Sherry casks" for "The Darkest Ardbeg Ever". Whilst the colour isn't actually that dark at all, those dark…  More info

Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990 (Bottled 2006)

70cl, 46%

This 16 year old was matured in ex-bourbon casks. The rather ominous 'Airigh Nam Beist' derives from the Scotch Gaelic for 'Shelter of the Beast'. Ardbeg describe this as "Ardbeg Ice Cream" - we…  More info

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990 (Bottled 2006)
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Ardbeg 25 Year Old

70cl, 46%

The legendary Ardbeg Distillery on Islay has only gone and released a 25 year old expression! This smoky single malt was allowed to age for a quarter of a century, and in that time it developed a…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old
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Ardbeg Blasda

70cl, 40%

Blasda represents a rare chance to sample a lightly-peated dram from the powerhouse Ardbeg distillery. The malt is peated at 8ppm as opposed to the standard 55ppm. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Ardbeg Blasda
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Ardbeg Renaissance 10 Year Old

70cl, 55.9%

From a recently released Ardbeg range showcasing the affects of maturation on 1998-distilled whisky. Starting from Very Young through Still Young and Almost There, Renaissance is the conclusion with…  More info

Ardbeg Renaissance 10 Year Old
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Ardbeg Drum - Committee Release

70cl, 52%

Drum is the first whisky released by Ardbeg to have enjoyed a finishing period in rum casks! It was initially matured in ex-bourbon casks before being transferred over to casks that had previously…  More info

Ardbeg Drum - Committee Release
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Ardbeg Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 2nd Release

70cl, 60.1%

Quite possibly the most exciting new whisky release for 2010! This is the brand new Supernova, stronger, more pungent in flavour, and more earthy than last year's Supernova - which Jim Murray rated…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 2nd Release
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Ardbeg 30 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5L)

150cl, 53.2%

An extremely impressive indie bottling from Hunter Laing here, containing a whole litre and a half of magnificent 30 year old single malt from Ardbeg! Distilled in March 1991, this whisky was matured…  More info

Ardbeg 30 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5L)

Ardbeg Blaaack - Committee Release

70cl, 50.7%

Ardbeg Blaaack is a rather intriguing expression from the much-adored Islay distillery. For its creation, the distillers sourced Pinot Noir wine casks from New Zealand - a first for Ardbeg! The name…  More info

Ardbeg Blaaack - Committee Release

Ardbeg 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

These mid-1990s Connoisseur's Choice bottlings of mid-70s Ardbegs have become legendary, and this is a truly stunning example we don't expect to hang around very long... This bottle was part of a…  More info

Ardbeg 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Ardbeg Blaaack

70cl, 46%

The Ardbeg Day expressions from the eponymous distillery on Islay are always exciting indeed, and the 2020 release is no different. Named Ardbeg Blaaack, this single malt was matured in Pinot Noir…  More info

Ardbeg Blaaack
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