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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 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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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 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 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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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
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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 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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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

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 1978 (bottled 1997)

70cl, 43%

An exciting old bottling of Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky, distilled all the way back in 1978. This was a year after Hiram Walker became the overall owner of the Islay distillery, and a few years…  More info

Ardbeg 1978 (bottled 1997)

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

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 21 Year Old (Committee Release)

70cl, 56.3%

A very limited and rare release from Ardbeg, specially bottled for the Committee. This was crafted from 12 carefully chosen casks of Ardbeg distilled in 1979 and 1980. Released in 2001. Please…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old (Committee Release)

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

Ardbeg 1993 (cask 1290) (bottled 2017) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 50.9%

Single cask single malt from the legendary Ardbeg distillery, bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range. A release of just 240 bottles, presented at cask strength. Bottling from this Islay distillery…  More info

Ardbeg 1993 (cask 1290) (bottled 2017) - Mackillop's Choice

Ardbeg Galileo

70cl, 49%

The rumour mill has been rumbling about this Ardbeg release for some time. In April 2012 Ardbeg sent some of their new-make spirit up into space to make Ardbeg the first inter-stellar whisky, so it…  More info

Ardbeg Galileo
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Ar10 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

50cl, 52.4%

The tenth bottling in the Elements of Islay Ar series! If only we could figure out the complex riddle that hides the distillery's identity from us...  More info

Ar10 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

Ardbeg 8 Year Old 1991 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

Independent bottler Signatory Vintage sourced this superb edition of Ardbeg 8 year old that was matured in oak casks from 1991 to 1999 before it was bottled at 43% ABV. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Ardbeg 8 Year Old 1991 (Signatory)

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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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 Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990

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
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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 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.2%

An indie Ardbeg - always exciting stuff! This is a 12 year old single malt from the Islay-based distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Once again it features Geert Bero, Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2005 (cask 70161) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%

Single cask Ardbeg, independently bottled by Ian Macleod as part of the Dun Bheagan range. This was allowed to mature for 12 years in a single hogshead, from 2005 to 2018, and then bottled at 46%…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2005 (cask 70161) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

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