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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 12 Year Old 2005 - North Star Spirits

70cl, 51.9%

Indie bottlings of Ardbeg are always very exciting indeed. This one comes to us via the North Star Spirits folks, and has been matured for 12 years - from March 2005 to February 2018. Just 332…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2005 - North Star Spirits

Ardbeg 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 700192) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 54.8%

When indie bottlings of Ardbeg arrive at MoM Towers, we always get a bit excited - because they're very often excellent. This one certainly is. It's a Chieftain's bottling from Ian Macleod, distilled…  More info

Ardbeg 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 700192) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

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 1815

70cl, 50.1%

A very limited edition from Islay's Ardbeg, released in 2015 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of distillery being founded on the Kildalton. The whisky was distilled in the mid-1970s in bourbon and…  More info

Ardbeg 1815
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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 18 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 56.3%

Ardbeg changed hands between 1996 and 1997, since then the distillery has only released a Ten Year Old with an age statement. So it is pretty darn exciting *massively massively exciting* to get to…  More info

Ardbeg 18 Year Old - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Ardbeg 2000 (bottled 2018) (cask 18010) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 51.5%

Oooh, indie Ardbeg - delicious! This is a Malts of Scotland bottling of single malt from the Ardbeg distillery, drawn from a single sherry butt which was home to the whisky from 2000 to 2018. A…  More info

Ardbeg 2000 (bottled 2018) (cask 18010) - Malts of Scotland

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 12290) - Xtra Old Particular Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.5%

The Xtra Old Particular Platinum series was launched by Douglas Laing in celebration of its 70th anniversary - and the range itself has been kicked off in very dramatic fashion. A 25 year old single…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1992 (cask 12290) - Xtra Old Particular Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 1776) - Straight From The Cask (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

50cl, 56.6%

A very exciting bottling from La Maison du Whisky's 60th Anniversary celebrations - 18 year old Ardbeg single malt, aged in a first-fill bourbon barrel from June 1998 to August 2016. This was bottled…  More info

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1998 (cask 1776) - Straight From The Cask (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack

75cl, 46.5%

Give the gift of delicious Ardbeg! This set contains a 70cl bottle of the wonderful Ardbeg 10 Year Old as well as a 5cl miniature of Ardbeg Uigeadail. Comes in a very cool box too. Result.  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old & Uigeadail Mini Gift Pack

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
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Ar8 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

50cl, 54.3%

The Elements of Islay range (or should that be periodic table, considering the whole theme of the series?) grows ever larger with the eighth release of their "Ar" single malt. Now, if only we could…  More info

Ar8 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)
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Ardbeg 17 Year Old

70cl, 40%

Increasingly rare, now discontinued whisky from Ardbeg. Incredibly rich and powerful, and all too easy to drink. Please note: There is a small scratch on the front facing label as pictured, but…  More info

Ardbeg 17 Year Old
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Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11179) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.2%

Ooh, an indie bottling of Ardbeg, and a very handsome one at that! This is a 25 year old Ardbeg, distilled in March 1991 and bottled in June 2016 by the chaps from Douglas Laing for their Xtra Old…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 (cask 11179) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

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
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Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5L)

150cl, 51.9%

Well then, this is pretty bloomin' awesome, isn't it? A 1.5 litre magnum bottle of 25 year old Ardbeg single malt, independently bottled by Hunter Laing for their Old & Rare range. The refill…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1991 - Old & Rare (Hunter Laing) Magnum (1.5L)

Ardbeg - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.9%

Ardbeg sits on the island’s Southern coast and produces its highly peated malt whisky. Ardbeg closed in July 1996, thankfully the distillery was bought by Glenmorangie plc in 1997 and the distillery…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Ardbeg 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 808 & 811) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46.5%

An indie bottling of Ardbeg - these are always exciting indeed! This one comes from Ian Macleod's Chieftain's range, and was aged in a pair of barrels for 20 years, from March 1996 to June 2016. 601…  More info

Ardbeg 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 808 & 811) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask 1275

70cl, 55.4%

An astonishing 11 year old single cask from Ardbeg - stunning in flavour and very, very rare. This was distilled in 1998 and aged in cask 1275 (a first fill bourbon barrel) before bottling in 2009 -…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask 1275

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2001 (casks 256, 258 & 380) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 47%

This is a 15 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the much-love Ardbeg distillery on the Isle of Islay, aged in a trio of barrels which matured the whisky from 2001 to 2016. A release of 682…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2001 (casks 256, 258 & 380) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 (cask 1289) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 54.3%

This is an independently bottled, single cask, 21 year old Ardbeg single malt Scotch whisky. Yes, writing that sort of thing is always pretty exciting to do - almost as much as reading it! This Islay…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 (cask 1289) - Mackillop's Choice

Ardbeg Tumbler

A tumbler for your lovely Ardbeg. Yum yum yum.  More info

Ardbeg Tumbler

Darkness! Ardbeg 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

50cl, 49.1%

Peat and Sherry is a combination that not everybody loves, but when it works... Wow. Also, if you subscribe to the formula 'one yummy thing + another yummy thing = a super yummy thing!' then this may…  More info

Darkness! Ardbeg 23 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish
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Ardbeg 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 16016) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 54.8%

Ooh, a single cask Ardbeg here, bottled by German indie bottler Malts of Scotland. This was distilled by the legendary Islay distillery in 2000 and aged in a Sherry butt until 2016, when it was…  More info

Ardbeg 2000 (bottled 2016) (cask 16016) - Malts of Scotland

Ardbeg - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.4%

What many of you have been waiting for - a new batch of Ardbeg from That Boutique-y Whisky Company!!! Geert Bero, the world's most famous Ardbeg collector and proprietor of the legendary Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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