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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 Uigeadail

70cl, 54.2%

This stunning expression from Islay's Ardbeg distillery on the Kildalton Coast is named after a nearby loch (pronounced "Oog-a-dal"). It's the perfect example of how sweet and savoury notes can work…  More info

Ardbeg Uigeadail
273
$58.23

Ardbeg 10 Year Old

70cl, 46%

A phenomenal whisky packing powerful peaty deliciousness, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is a favourite of many whisky lovers around the world. Produced on the Kildalton Coast of Islay, this single malt matures…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old
396
$41.11

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old

70cl, 47%

Ardbeg's Wee Beastie is a youthful single malt drawn from a combination of ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, bottled up at five years of age. Peaty notes sit at the fore for this one, with oak…  More info

Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Year Old
36
$35.13

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

70cl, 57.1%

Powerfully peaty and immensely satisfying, Ardbeg's Corryvreckan is what happens when the distillery of Islay's Kildalton Coast aims to make a whisky with a particularly medicinal style than its…  More info

Ardbeg Corryvreckan
132
$69.21

Ardbeg An Oa

70cl, 46.6%

An Oa is named after the Mull of Oa in the south west of Islay, which offers the Kildaton coast (where Ardbeg distillery is situated) some protection from the worst the Atlantic has to offer! As…  More info

Ardbeg An Oa
59
$43.61

Ardbeg 6 Year Old 2011 (cask 2198) - Single Cask

70cl, 60.2%

Single cask single malt from the legendary Ardbeg, distilled in August 2011 and left to aged in a first-fill bourbon barrel. After 6 years of slumber, the whisky was bottled at cask strength in July…  More info

Ardbeg 6 Year Old 2011 (cask 2198) - Single Cask
$1,035.51

Ardbeg 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 1321) - Fèis Ìle 2018

70cl, 56.4%

A very collectible bottling from Ardbeg, released in celebration of Fèis Ìle 2018. It was distilled in April 2005 and filled into an Oloroso sherry butt, where it aged until April 2018. Just 543…  More info

Ardbeg 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 1321) - Fèis Ìle 2018
$1,821.24

Ardbeg 1974 - Samaroli

70cl, 59%

Someone sound the rare, old, indie Ardbeg alarm, because we've got a 1974 vintage Ardbeg bottled by Samaroli right here! This one was matured in sherry casks and bottled at a robust 59% ABV with an…  More info

Ardbeg 1974 - Samaroli
$7,279.76

Ardbeg 29 Year Old 1991 (cask 1929) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 42.2%

A tremendous indie Ardbeg single malt, brought to us by Mackillop's Choice! It ticks all the best boxes, first off, it comes from Ardbeg, but we mentioned that already, next, it was distilled back in…  More info

Ardbeg 29 Year Old 1991 (cask 1929) - Mackillop's Choice
$1,717.17

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2005 (cask 5460) - Fèis Ìle 2021

70cl, 56.8%

A rather rare and collectible release from Ardbeg, distilled in November 2005 and matured in a single second-fill Oloroso sherry butt for fifteen years. In March 2021, it was bottled up in…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2005 (cask 5460) - Fèis Ìle 2021
$2,076.21

Ardbeg Scorch

70cl, 46%

Islay's Ardbeg Distillery has gone and aged bottled up some excellent single malt which has been matured in its most heavily charred casks, and appropriately dubbed it Ardbeg Scorch! Almost makes you…  More info

Ardbeg Scorch
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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 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 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). This…  More info

Ardbeg 30 Year Old Guaranteed
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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 8 Year Old For Discussion - Committee Release

70cl, 50.8%

A boisterous young expression from Ardbeg, this eight year old single malt was produced to be deliberately challenging, originally released as an exclusive for members of the Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg 8 Year Old For Discussion - Committee Release

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 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 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

These mid-1990s Connoisseur's Choice bottlings of mid-70s Ardbegs have become legendary, and this is a truly stunning example we don't expect to hang around very long... This bottle was part of a…  More info

Ardbeg 1974 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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Ardbeg An Oa BBQ Smoker Pack

70cl, 46.6%

Ardbeg have gone and made a gift pack that both makes perfect sense but you would have never predicted. The Islay distillery has paired a bottle of its marvellous An Oa single malt with a BBQ smoker!…  More info

Ardbeg An Oa BBQ Smoker Pack

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

70cl, 49.2%

The Ardbeg Committee edition of the distillery's bicentennial release - Perpetuum. Originally only available from the distillery itself! An accomplished blend of both young and old stock. This…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

Ardbeg 17 Year Old

70cl, 40%

Increasingly rare, now discontinued whisky from Ardbeg. Incredibly rich and powerful, and all too easy to drink. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos…  More info

Ardbeg 17 Year Old
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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 Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old - Batch 3

70cl, 46.2%

Ardbeg has gone and made a third batch of its Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, and again, it's a marvellous expression showing just how well the distillery's whisky does after a…  More info

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old - Batch 3

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

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