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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 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
402
$43.03

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
18
$651.93

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
$7,015.76

Ardbeg 1994 (bottled 2004) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A grand old bottle of Ardbeg from Gordon & MacPhail's independent Connoisseurs Choice collection. This single malt was distilled in 1994 and bottled a decade later, in 2004. This bottle was part…  More info

Ardbeg 1994 (bottled 2004) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
$400.18

Ardbeg 1998 - Almost There

70cl, 54.1%

The penultimate part in the Young series from Ardbeg, spanning the development of Ardbeg, from Very Young, all the way up to 10 years. This was distilled in 1998, and offers lots of complexity and a…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 - Almost There
$451.34
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Ardbeg 21 Year Old

70cl, 46%

A limited edition bottling of Ardbeg 21 Year Old single malt, matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 46% ABV without chill-filtration. This bottling was unveiled in the latter half of 2016, as…  More info

Ardbeg 21 Year Old
3
$801.37
$701.07

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
$752.23

Ardbeg 23 Year Old - Twenty Something

70cl, 46.3%

Released in late 2017, Ardbeg Twenty Something is 23 year old single malt from the revered Islay distillery, matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. The name might suggest that this…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old - Twenty Something
5
$752.23

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
$1,654.90

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
$997.96

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
$125.37

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
67
$44.03
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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
$250.74
$199.59

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
$299.89

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
$250.74

Ardbeg Blaaack - Committee Release

70cl, 50.7%

Ardbeg Blaaack is a rather intriguing expression from the much-adored Islay distillery. For its creation, the distillers sourced Pinot Noir wine casks from New Zealand - a first for Ardbeg! The name…  More info

Ardbeg Blaaack - Committee Release
$500.48

Ardbeg Blasda

70cl, 40%

Blasda represents a rare chance to sample a lightly-peated dram from the powerhouse Ardbeg distillery. The malt is peated at 8ppm as opposed to the standard 55ppm. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Ardbeg Blasda
9
$400.18

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
135
$70.16

Ardbeg Dark Cove

70cl, 46.5%

Ardbeg Dark Cove is matured in ex-bourbon and "dark Sherry casks" for "The Darkest Ardbeg Ever". If the Committee Release is anything to go by (which it is), then the hue isn't actually terribly…  More info

Ardbeg Dark Cove
21
$400.18

Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release

70cl, 55%

Released in 2016, this Committee Release of Dark Cove was matured in bourbon and "dark sherry casks" for "The Darkest Ardbeg Ever". Whilst the colour isn't actually that dark at all, those dark casks…  More info

Ardbeg Dark Cove 2016 - Committee Release
$752.23

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release

70cl, 56.7%

Released for Feis Ile 2012, Ardbeg Day is selected from and married in refill sherry casks, previously used for the distillery's beloved Uigeadail single malt. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release
$901.67

Ardbeg Drum

70cl, 46%

Drum roll, please! It's this year's limited edition Ardbeg release for Ardbeg Day, Ardbeg Drum! Released at Fèis Ìle and around the world, the single malt brings together the best of both Islay and…  More info

Ardbeg Drum
6
$225.67

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
$351.04

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
$400.18

Ardbeg Galileo

70cl, 49%

In April 2012 Ardbeg sent some of its new-make spirit up into space to make Ardbeg the first inter-stellar whisky, so it came as little surprise that in September 2012, at the British Space Centre,…  More info

Ardbeg Galileo
9
$500.48

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