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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 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 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 Alligator

70cl, 51.2%

Aged in a similar style to the standard 10 year old, except for the fact that a portion of the whisky was aged in heavily charred barrels. The barrels are charred to such an extent that they start to…  More info

Ardbeg Alligator
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Ardbeg Drum - Committee Release

70cl, 52%

Drum is the first whisky released by Ardbeg to have enjoyed a finishing period in rum casks! It was initially matured in ex-bourbon casks before being transferred over to casks that had previously…  More info

Ardbeg Drum - Committee Release
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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 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 Drum

70cl, 46%

Drum roll, please! It's this year's limited edition Ardbeg release for Ardbeg Day, Ardbeg Drum! Released at Fèis Ìle and around the world, the single malt brings together the best of both Islay and…  More info

Ardbeg Drum
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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 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)

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 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)

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