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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 1974 (Spirit of Scotland)

70cl, 40%

This was distilled at the Ardbeg distillery in 1974 and it was bottled especially for Speymalt Whisky's Spirit of Scotland range. A very rare and collectible bottling from the legendary Islay…  More info

Ardbeg 1974 (Spirit of Scotland)

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50.6%

Hold on to your hats, folks, because we've gone and bottling some 23 year old Ardbeg! That's right, our Single Cask Series grows larger with the addition of a 23 year old single malt Scotch whisky,…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt)
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Ardbeg - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.8%

This is the stunning Batch 3 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Ardbeg - it's a superb little whisky which flaunts the beautiful house style with more than a hint of sweet sherry too. The label…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 3 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Ardbeg Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

70cl, 53%

One of the rarest things ever to be, Ardbeg's stunning cask 1217 was especially laid down for Lord Robertson's (NATO Secretary General, born on Islay) charity project Erskine, which provides nursing…  More info

Ardbeg Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

Ardbeg - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 51.9%

This whisky hails from the illustrious Islay distillery of Ardbeg - that sits on the island’s Southern coast and produces its highly peated malt whisky. Ardbeg closed in July 1996, thankfully the…  More info

Ardbeg - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Ardbeg 1975 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A very rare Ardbeg bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2003. This was distilled in 1975 - a legendary vintage for Ardbeg.  More info

Ardbeg 1975 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1993 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 56.9%

A single cask, independent bottling of Ardbeg, likely to sell out before I finish typing this sentence! It was distilled in 1993 and aged for 18 years in a bourbon cask before bottling at the…  More info

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1993 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Ardbeg 17 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 56.5%

A super limited release of independently bottled Ardbeg! There are just 306 bottles of this stuff, bottled at natural cask strength in 2011 at the Bruichladdich distillery after 17 years in a single…  More info

Ardbeg 17 Year Old 1994 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask

70cl, 55.6%

An extraordinary whisky from Ardbeg. This is one of those ultra-rare expressions, which really come around once in a blue moon. This was distilled on the 14th September 1998, before it was filled…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 Single Cask

Ar2 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

50cl, 60.5%

This is the second batch of Elements of Islay bottled Ar (who knows which Islay distillery Ar could refer to?!) Serge from WhiskyFun.com awarded this 90 points! This is a cask strength single malt,…  More info

Ar2 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

Ardbeg 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A sherry matured Ardbeg, distilled in 1993 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail for the Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

Ardbeg 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Ardbeg 17 Year Old 1991 Rum Finish - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

A stunning Ardbeg, the likes of which have never been seen before. This was distilled in March 1991, and bottled in October 2008. There are just 316 bottles, at the strength of 50% (for added…  More info

Ardbeg 17 Year Old 1991 Rum Finish - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1978 Mount Everest (Silver Seal)

70cl, 46%

A rare bottle of Ardbeg, bottled by the Silver Seal company. This commemorates the Hillary and Norgay summiting Mount Everest on the 29th May 1953. This was distilled in 1978 and packaged in a silver…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old 1978 Mount Everest (Silver Seal)
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Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1991 Cask 5440 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

Distilled at Ardbeg in March 1991 and matured for 18 years before bottling in August 2009. A release of 208 bottles, bottled by Douglas Laing.  More info

Ardbeg 18 Year Old 1991 Cask 5440 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
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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)

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