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Ardbeg Whisky

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 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
$400.27

Ardbeg 22 Year Old - Twenty Something

70cl, 46.4%

This is a very exciting limited edition 22 year old single malt Scotch from Ardbeg. It’s a notable expression because it was distilled in 1996, when Ardbeg was under threat of demolition. It was one…  More info

Ardbeg 22 Year Old - Twenty Something
$752.39

Ardbeg Galileo

70cl, 49%

In April 2012 Ardbeg sent some of its new-make spirit up into space to make Ardbeg the first inter-stellar whisky, so it came as little surprise that in September 2012, at the British Space Centre,…  More info

Ardbeg Galileo
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$500.58

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
2
$426.36

Ardbeg Kelpie

70cl, 46%

An Ardbeg that's said to be "as deep as the ocean" thanks to the use of virgin Black Sea oak casks sourced by Dr. Bill Lumsden from the Adyghe Republic in Russia. Whisky from these casks has then…  More info

Ardbeg Kelpie
14
$299.96

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
9
$400.27

Ardbeg 23 Year Old - Twenty Something

70cl, 46.3%

Released in late 2017, Ardbeg Twenty Something is 23 year old single malt from the revered Islay distillery, matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. The name might suggest that this…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old - Twenty Something
5
$752.39

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release

70cl, 56.7%

Released for Feis Ile 2012, Ardbeg Day is selected from and married in refill sherry casks, previously used for the distillery's beloved Uigeadail single malt. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release
$901.87

Ardbeg 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%

A limited edition bottling of Ardbeg 21 Year Old single malt, matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 46% ABV without chill-filtration. This bottling was unveiled in the latter half of 2016, as…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old
3
$701.23

Ardbeg Dark Cove

70cl, 46.5%

Ardbeg Dark Cove is matured in ex-bourbon and "dark Sherry casks" for "The Darkest Ardbeg Ever". If the Committee Release is anything to go by (which it is), then the hue isn't actually terribly…  More info

Ardbeg Dark Cove
21
$400.27

Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release

70cl, 55%

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

Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release
$752.39

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old - Batch 1

70cl, 46.2%

Released in 2019, Ardbeg's Traigh Bhan is a 19 year old expression named after the local Traigh Bhan beach on Islay, sometimes known as the Singing Sands. The first core expression from Ardbeg in 20…  More info

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old - Batch 1
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$652.07

Ardbeg 1994 (bottled 2004) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A grand old bottle of Ardbeg from Gordon & MacPhail's independent Connoisseurs Choice collection. This single malt was distilled in 1994 and bottled a decade later, in 2004. This bottle was part…  More info

Ardbeg 1994 (bottled 2004) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$400.27

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
1
$400.27

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
$500.58

Ardbeg Guaranteed 10 Year Old 1980s

75cl, 40%

A visitor from days gone by here – it's a 1980s bottling of ten-year-old Ardbeg single malt! You don't see many of these around in this day and age, ought to be an exciting find for collectors and…  More info

Ardbeg Guaranteed 10 Year Old 1980s
$1,605.09

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 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 24 Year Old 1993 Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 46.8%

Ahhh yummy Ardbeg... Oh wait, this is our Ardbeg, independently bottled by us – Master of Malt! Epic! Distilled in 1993, this spectacular single malt was treated to a finish in an ex-Pedro Ximénez…  More info

Ardbeg 24 Year Old 1993 Single Cask (Master of Malt)
$902.82

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
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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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Serendipity 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%

Once upon a time at the Glenmorangie bottling plant, very well-aged Ardbeg was accidentally mixed with some young Glen Moray, oops! The result is this rare bottle with a great story behind it, the…  More info

Serendipity 12 Year Old
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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 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)

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