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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.

Ar1 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

50cl, 58.7%

Bottled by Speciality Drinks, this series of malts from the Island of Islay are presented in very pretty 'chemical laboratory' style bottles. This whisky is distilled at the Ardbeg Distillery.  More info

Ar1 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

Ardbeg Mor 10 Year Old

450cl, 46%

The moniker 'Mór' is Scotch Gaelic for 'Big', rather apt as this 10 year old from the Ardbeg distillery comes in a 4.5 litre bottle. A limited release.  More info

Ardbeg Mor 10 Year Old
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Ardbeg 1990 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling from Ardbeg, this was distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2001.  More info

Ardbeg 1990 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1991 Cask 5449 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

An 18 year old single cask Ardbeg, this was matured in a refill hogshead, distilled in March 1991 and bottled in September 2009 by Douglas Laing with an outturn of 316 bottles.  More info

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1991 Cask 5449 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Ardbeg Uigeadail (Old Box)

70cl, 52.4%

Looks like a regular Ardbeg Uigeadail doesn't it? Well, look closer! It's got a slightly different box...  More info

Ardbeg Uigeadail (Old Box)

Ardbeg 1978

70cl, 43%

A rather rare release from Ardbeg, this 1978 vintage represents single malt from the prodigious Ileach distillery at its most balanced and poised. Superb. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Ardbeg 1978
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Ardbeg Young Uigeadail - Committee Release

70cl, 59.9%

A super rare and nigh on impossible to find bottling from the Ardbeg Committee. This is the prequel to Uigeadail, named the Young Uigeadail, or "Oogling". It is a slightly younger version, made with…  More info

Ardbeg Young Uigeadail - Committee Release

Ardbeg 30 Year Old Guaranteed

70cl, 40%

About as rare as they come, this is one of the very last whiskies released before Ardbeg shut down for a few years. Highly collectable and absolutely incredible in flavour (we've heard).  More info

Ardbeg 30 Year Old Guaranteed
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Ardbeg Feis Ile 2011

70cl, 55.1%

Ardbeg's absolutely amazing Feis Ile bottling, bottled in 2011. This very rare Ardbeg was distilled in 1998 and aged in two Pedro Ximenez butts (making this the closest thing you'll ever get to a…  More info

Ardbeg Feis Ile 2011
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Ardbeg 1995 Single Cask 2761 - Feis Ile 2010

70cl, 53.3%

A beautiful 14 year old, single cask Ardbeg bottled especially for the 2010 Feis Ile (Islay Festival). This was distilled on the 7th December 1995, it was then aged in cask 2761 (a second fill…  More info

Ardbeg 1995 Single Cask 2761 - Feis Ile 2010

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1974 (Sestante)

70cl, 40%

A 21 year old Ardbeg distilled in 1974 and bottled in 1996 (only full years are counted) by the renowned Italian independent bottlers Sestante at 40% abv. This is a rare and valuable single malt…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old 1974 (Sestante)

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 1973 (Sestante)

75cl, 53.4%

Few distilleries are as sought after as Islay's Ardbeg. Sestante meanwhile, are a celebrated independent bottling brand of real note who are no longer operating. What then, would it take to top a…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 1973 (Sestante)

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1974 (cask 1068) - Signatory

70cl, 51.2%

Indie Ardbeg is already exciting - but antique indie Ardbeg is another thing altogether! This is an old Signatory bottling of 23 year old Ardbeg single malt, distilled back in 1974 (a year after…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1974 (cask 1068) - Signatory

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1974 - Signatory

70cl, 43%

Distilled back in February 1974, just one year after Hiram Walker and DCL bought the distillery, this Ardbeg single malt then spent the next 23 years in not one, not two, but four oak casks. After…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1974 - Signatory

Ardbeg 1975

70cl, 43%

Michael Jackson (whisky writer, not moonwalker) scored this 1975 Ardbeg with a 9 out of 10. An earthy, peppery, citrussy Ardbeg. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Ardbeg 1975
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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 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 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 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 46.8%

Sound the indie Ardbeg alarm, because we've got a 24 year old single malt from the aforementioned distillery on the south coast of Islay bottled up for the Darkness range! Not only is this a…  More info

Ardbeg 24 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)
$1,159.10

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