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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 1977 (No Box)

70cl, 46%

Rare and delicious Ardbeg! Jim Murray awarded this 96 points and described it as "simply one of the greatest experiences". This was distilled in 1977 and bottled in 2001, part of a release of 2,400…  More info

Ardbeg 1977 (No Box)
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$910.38

Ardbeg 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 1922) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 40.4%

Indie Ardbeg Alert: Here is a 26 year old bottling of Ardbeg single malt, independently bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range. This one was distilled in October 1991 (a few years after the…  More info

Ardbeg 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 1922) - Mackillop's Choice
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$827.14

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
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$44.17

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
$1,820.75

Ardbeg 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.6%

Say hello to the 19th batch of Ardbeg single malt bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a 27 year old expression from the extraordinary Islay distillery - which is where Geert Bero, Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$780.28
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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)
$754.27
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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
$1,555.44

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
$10,399.14

Ardbeg Committee Reserve (bottled 2002)

70cl, 55.3%

This rare Islay single malt was released especially for the Ardbeg Committee, bottled up at a burly 55.3% ABV back in 2002. 3,000 bottles were released of this highly collectible whisky. This…  More info

Ardbeg Committee Reserve (bottled 2002)
$1,035.24

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
$1,872.78

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
$1,560.65

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2003 (cask 2455) - Cask Strength

70cl, 52.8%

Release for Fèis Ìle 2019, this single cask Ardbeg was distilled in September 2003 and bottled in April 2019. It was aged in a Chenin Blanc barrel, which had an outturn of only 231 bottles. Very…  More info

Ardbeg 15 Year Old 2003 (cask 2455) - Cask Strength
$1,872.78

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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$42.44

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old

70cl, 46.2%

Released in 2019, Ardbeg's Traigh Bhan is a 19 year old expression named after the local Traigh Bhan beachoin Islay, sometimes known as the Singing Sands. The first core expression from Ardbeg in 20…  More info

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Year Old
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$175.83

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Reserve

70cl, 57.3%

On the 15th February 2010, the release of Ardbeg Rollercoaster was met with palpable excitement. The 50,000 Committee Members were keen to get their hands on the 15,000 bottles and apparently the…  More info

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Reserve
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Ardbeg Renaissance 10 Year Old

70cl, 55.9%

From a recently released Ardbeg range showcasing the affects of maturation on 1998-distilled whisky. Starting from Very Young through Still Young and Almost There, Renaissance is the conclusion with…  More info

Ardbeg Renaissance 10 Year Old
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Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young

70cl, 58.3%

The first part in the Young series from Ardbeg, tracking the development of Ardbeg whisky, aged for just a few years, all the way up to the standard Ardbeg at 10 years old. Very interesting indeed,…  More info

Ardbeg 1998 (bottled 2004) Very Young
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Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990 (Bottled in 2006)

70cl, 46%

This 16 year old was matured in ex-bourbon casks. The rather ominous 'Airigh Nam Beist' derives from the Scotch Gaelic for 'Shelter of the Beast'. Ardbeg describe this as "Ardbeg Ice Cream" - we…  More info

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist 16 Year Old 1990 (Bottled in 2006)
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Ardbeg Kelpie - Committee Release 2017

70cl, 51.7%

It's the Committee Release of Ardbeg Kelpie, a single malt released in 2017 having been matured in casks made from virgin Black Sea oak and more traditional bourbon casks. The Committee Release is…  More info

Ardbeg Kelpie - Committee Release 2017
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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
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Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release

70cl, 55%

The 2014 're-entry' Committee Release of Ardbeg's celebrated Supernova, sought-after super-peaty whisky from this famous Islay distillery. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 (SN2014) - Committee Release
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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 1815

70cl, 50.1%

A very limited edition from Islay's Ardbeg, released in 2015 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of distillery being founded on the Kildalton. The whisky was distilled in the mid-1970s in bourbon and…  More info

Ardbeg 1815
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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 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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