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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 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 1922) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 40.4%

Indie Ardbeg Alert: Here is a 26 year old bottling of Ardbeg single malt, independently bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range. This one was distilled in October 1991 (a few years after the…  More info

Ardbeg 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 1922) - Mackillop's Choice
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Ardbeg 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.1%

Very yummy Ardbeg single malt, matured for 24 years before being bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Indie Ardbeg bottlings are always an exciting thing to see, especially when they're…  More info

Ardbeg 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Ardbeg 28 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.1%

Sound the indie Ardbeg klaxon, because Hunter Laing has bottled up a fab 28 year old single malt from the Ardbeg Distillery as part of The Kinship series! Just 251 bottles of this fab whisky from the…  More info

Ardbeg 28 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

Ardbeg Committee Reserve (bottled 2002)

70cl, 55.3%

This rare Islay single malt was released especially for the Ardbeg Committee, bottled up at a burly 55.3% ABV back in 2002. 3,000 bottles were released of this highly collectible whisky. This…  More info

Ardbeg Committee Reserve (bottled 2002)

Ardbeg 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.6%

Say hello to the 19th batch of Ardbeg single malt bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a 27 year old expression from the extraordinary Islay distillery - which is where Geert Bero, Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990 (Bottled 2008)

70cl, 46%

Exciting single malt from the Ardbeg Distillery here, released as part of the Airigh Nam Beist series. This expression was distilled in 1990, and eventually bottled up in 2008 at 46% ABV. The name…  More info

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990 (Bottled 2008)

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)

Ardbeg 10 Year Old 2000 (cask 368) - Single Cask

70cl, 55.9%

A rather delicious Ardbeg single malt, which was distilled on Islay on 25 February 2000 and left to age in a single first fill bourbon cask for a decade. On 3 March 2010, 240 bottles were drawn from…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old 2000 (cask 368) - Single Cask

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2004 (Release No.11673) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)

70cl, 54.9%

The Character of Islay Whisky Company has gone and made its own independent bottling range - The Stories of Wind & Wave! Expect some incredible Islay whiskies from this series, like... Oh, I don't…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2004 (Release No.11673) - The Stories of Wind & Wave (The Character of Islay Whisky Company)

Ardbeg 14 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 52.2%

A particularly fantastic release from the Darkness indie bottling range - it's a 14 year old single malt distilled by Ardbeg, finished in a Pedro Ximénez sherry octave cask! Because they're smaller…  More info

Ardbeg 14 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)

Ardbeg Supernova - Advance Committee Release

70cl, 58.9%

The first ever Ardbeg Supernova, and Ardbeg's initial go at producing super peaty whisky! This was created specially for the Ardbeg Committee, and when we first tasted it we couldn't believe how…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova - Advance Committee Release
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Ardbeg 14 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness) (47.7%)

50cl, 47.7%

When smoke and sherry meet, the result is often fantastic, and that is certainly the case with this Darkness independent bottling of Ardbeg single malt. This 14 year old Islay expression was allowed…  More info

Ardbeg 14 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness) (47.7%)

Ardbeg The Shortie Smoky Porter (4 x 330ml)

132cl, 6.2%

Ardbeg has done a beer! Behold, The Short Smokey Porter, a collaboration between the Islay-based distillery and Brewgooder as part of its Global Gathering campaign (with profits donated to support…  More info

Ardbeg The Shortie Smoky Porter (4 x 330ml)

Ardbeg 16 Year Old 1990 (cask 86) - Single Cask

70cl, 52.8%

Single cask Ardbeg? Yeah, go on then! This is a single malt from Islay's south coast that was distilled in 1990 and left to age in a sherry butt for 16 years, until it was bottled in 2007. Just 300…  More info

Ardbeg 16 Year Old 1990 (cask 86) - Single Cask

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2003 (cask 2455) - Cask Strength

70cl, 52.8%

Release for Fèis Ìle 2019, this single cask Ardbeg was distilled in September 2003 and bottled in April 2019. It was aged in a Chenin Blanc barrel, which had an outturn of only 231 bottles. Very…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2003 (cask 2455) - Cask Strength

Ardbeg 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 4586) - Cask Strength

70cl, 52.5%

This single cask single malt from Islay's Ardbeg Distillery was laid down back in October 2005, and slumber for 13 years in a Moscatel barrel! After the long rest, it was bottled in April 2019 at…  More info

Ardbeg 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 4586) - Cask Strength

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Warehouse Pack

70cl, 46%

A bottle of the legendary Ardbeg 10 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, presented alongside a tin designed akin to their distinctive warehouse on the Isle of Islay. A must for Ardbeg enthusiasts. You…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Warehouse Pack
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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 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 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)

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 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

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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