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Ardbeg Whisky

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 25 Year Old

70cl, 46%

The legendary Ardbeg Distillery on Islay has only gone and released a 25 year old expression! This smoky single malt was allowed to age for a quarter of a century, and in that time it developed a…  More info

Ardbeg 25 Year Old
1
£817

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
277
£57.99

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
401
£42.90

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
£69.95

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
41
£36.45

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
1
£49.90

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
63
£43.90

Ardbeg Monsters of Smoke Gift Set (3 x 200ml)

60cl, 46.7%

Monsterously good whisky from Ardbeg here in a snazzy pack! The Monsters of Smoke Gift Set contains three different single malts from the Islay distillery, presented in 200ml bottles. It includes the…  More info

Ardbeg Monsters of Smoke Gift Set (3 x 200ml)
£32.84

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
£125

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
£6,995

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
£1,650

Ardbeg Ardcore - Committee Release 2022

70cl, 50.1%

Originally an exclusive for Ardbeg Committee members, it's a bottle of Ardbeg Ardcore, released to celebrate Ardbeg Day 2022! Made with roasted black malt, those punks at Ardbeg have described it on…  More info

Ardbeg Ardcore - Committee Release 2022
£299

Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! - Committee Release

70cl, 51.8%

This special release from Ardbeg was produced especially for the Ardbeg Committee, to celebrate Mickey Heads' 13 years as distillery manager. Managers are a bit like captains aren't they, so you…  More info

Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg! - Committee Release
£299

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
24
£250

Ardbeg Fermutation 13 Year Old - Committee Edition

70cl, 49.4%

A fascinating limited release from Ardbeg, created thanks to a serendipitous problem with a broken boiler back in November 2007! This 13 year old single malt began with the longest fermentation in…  More info

Ardbeg Fermutation 13 Year Old - Committee Edition
£399

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
£995

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
2
£199

Ardbeg Supernova (2009 Stellar Release)

70cl, 58.9%

The most heavily peated Ardbeg ever released. In our humble opinion, this is the best of the heavily peated whiskies available today. Top tip - this whisky makes a lot more sense if you 'build up' to…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova (2009 Stellar Release)
2
£550

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
4
£350

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
£850

Ardbeg Guaranteed 10 Year Old 1980s

75cl, 40%

A visitor from days gone by here – it's a 1980s bottling of ten-year-old Ardbeg single malt! You don't see many of these around in this day and age, ought to be an exciting find for collectors and…  More info

Ardbeg Guaranteed 10 Year Old 1980s
£1,800

Ardbeg Ardcore

70cl, 46%

Ardbeg goes Ardcore! This limited edition expression from the distillery on Islay was made with roasted black malt, giving it an intense flavour profile, which is described as being "like biting a…  More info

Ardbeg Ardcore

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2005 (Master of Malt)

70cl, 47.7%

If you sit down and make a list of the big hitters of Islay, Ardbeg will no doubt come pretty high up. We're obviously delighted, therefore, whenever we can present our very own bottling of Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2005 (Master of Malt)

Ardbeg 24 Year Old 1993 Single Cask (Master of Malt)

70cl, 46.8%

Ahhh yummy Ardbeg... Oh wait, this is our Ardbeg, independently bottled by us – Master of Malt! Epic! Distilled in 1993, this spectacular single malt was treated to a finish in an ex-Pedro Ximénez…  More info

Ardbeg 24 Year Old 1993 Single Cask (Master of Malt)
£899.95
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Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old - Batch 4

70cl, 46.2%

The fourth batch of Ardbeg's Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old single malt, which like each edition before it, takes some of the Islay distiller's finest whisky from a combo of American oak and oloroso sherry…  More info

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old - Batch 4
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