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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 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
398
$42.32

Ardbeg 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)

50cl, 48.4%

This awesome Ardbeg single malt joins the Darkness indie bottling range of intensely sherried whiskies. Matured for a dozen years, including a stay in Oloroso sherry casks, prepare for a…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
$176.48
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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
$7,056.21

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
$1,664.44

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
$1,003.71

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
$42.27

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
$49.93

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
$65.58

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)
$37.27

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
$56.45

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
$34.05

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)

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)

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)

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)

Ar8 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)

50cl, 54.3%

The Elements of Islay range (or should that be periodic table, considering the whole theme of the series?) grows ever larger with the eighth release of their "Ar" single malt. Now, if only we could…  More info

Ar8 - Elements of Islay (Ardbeg)
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Ardbeg 10 Year Old 2000 (cask 368) - Single Cask

70cl, 55.9%

A rather delicious Ardbeg single malt, which was distilled on Islay on 25 February 2000 and left to age in a single first fill bourbon cask for a decade. On 3 March 2010, 240 bottles were drawn from…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old 2000 (cask 368) - Single Cask

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 10 Year Old with Glass Gift Pack

70cl, 46%

Ardbeg 10 Year Old remains a staple favourite of peat-lovers the world over, and with just one sip it’s easy to see why! Vanilla and citrus fruits underpinned with an Incredible Hulk of peat, this is…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old with Glass Gift Pack

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 53.7%

Ooh, an independent bottling of Ardbeg! Don't see many of these, do you? This one comes to us via Gleann Mór's A Rare Find range, and was matured in a single cask from April 2003 to June 2015. It was…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór) 57.8%

70cl, 57.8%

214 bottles emerged from a single cask in September 2015, having been maturing since April 2003. The colour, obviously, is natural and this independently bottled Ardbeg single malt is also non…  More info

Ardbeg 12 Year Old 2003 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór) 57.8%

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 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 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

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