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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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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