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Ardbeg

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 its production scale being less than half that of its neighbours.

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

2005 saw Ardbeg acquired by luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. Shortly after 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 at 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. 2009 saw Ardbeg release its peatiest expression ever, in the form of Supernova.

In 2018, construction of a new still house 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 Supernova 2015 (SN2015) - Committee Release

70cl, 54.3%

Ardbeg, in case you didn't know, sent some maturing spirit into space. Or, more accurately, tubes of "Ardbeg-crafted molecules" that also contained sticks of charred oak. The idea was to compare…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2015 (SN2015) - Committee Release
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Ardbeg Day - Committee Release

70cl, 56.7%

Ardbeg day was released for Feis Ile 2012 but is basically a Committee release. It's a fantastic whisky, and a departure for the distillery which normally releases very limited, exceptional single…  More info

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release

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 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 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 Perpetuum

70cl, 47.4%

In 1815, the Ardbeg distillery was founded by John McDougall on the Isle of Islay. In 2015, Ardbeg Perpetuum was released during Fèis Ìle 2015 in celebration of their 200th anniversary. Dr. Bill…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum
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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 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 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 Corryvreckan - Committee Reserve

70cl, 57.1%

Ardbeg Corryvreckan, this is a the Committee Reserve bottling, released in 2008 to great critical acclaim. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just…  More info

Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Committee Reserve

Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young

70cl, 58.3%

The first part in the Young series from Ardbeg, tracking the development of Ardbeg whisky, aged for just a few years, all the way up to the standard Ardbeg at 10 years old. Very interesting indeed,…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young
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Ar11 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

50cl, 56.8%

Elements of Islay takes on Ardbeg! This smoky single malt is the eleventh release in the "Ar" series, and spent its first 12 years of ageing in American oak. Then, it spent another seven years in a…  More info

Ar11 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)
$246.39

Ardbeg 1998 - Almost There

70cl, 54.1%

The penultimate part in the Young series from Ardbeg, spanning the development of Ardbeg, from Very Young, all the way up to 10 years. This was distilled in 1998, and offers lots of complexity and a…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 - Almost There

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

70cl, 49.9%

A special edition single malt launched on Ardbeg Day 2014 - a day celebrated both at the Islay festival, Fèis Ìle and around the world. Auri(Gold)verdes(Green) is a name used to refer to Brazil's…  More info

Ardbeg Auriverdes
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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

Ardbeg 1997 (bottled 2003) Very Young For Discussion

70cl, 58.9%

Initially exclusively released for the Ardbeg Committee, here we have the very first release of Ardbeg Very Young, bottled ‘For Discussion’ within the Ardbeg Committee. Geddit? It contains some of…  More info

Ardbeg 1997 (bottled 2003) Very Young For Discussion

Ardbeg 26 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 47.2%

Another fabulous release from Hunter Laing's The 2019 Kinship collection, released to celebrate the official start of distilling at its very own Ardnahoe distillery on Islay. This Ardbeg 26 Year Old…  More info

Ardbeg 26 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
$1,175.96

Ardbeg Exploration Pack

70cl, 47.2%

Explore the range of fantastic whiskies from the renowned Ardbeg distillery on the Isle of Islay with the Ardbeg Exploration Pack. This set features a 70cl bottle of Ardbeg 10 Year Old (a timeless…  More info

Ardbeg Exploration Pack
$59.08

Ardbeg Kelpie - Committee Release 2017

70cl, 51.7%

It's the Committee Release of Ardbeg Kelpie, a single malt released in 2017 having been matured in casks made from virgin Black Sea oak and more traditional bourbon casks. The Committee Release is…  More info

Ardbeg Kelpie - Committee Release 2017
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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 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
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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 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 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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