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Ardeg Scottish Distillery Information

Ardbeg - The Ultimate Single Islay Malt Scotch WhiskyArdbeg Scotch Whisky Distillery was founded in 1815 and produces the range of Ardbeg Single Malts. If you would like to visits the Ardbeg Distillery Visitor Centre their address details are Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, PA42 7EB and contact telephone number is +44 (0)1496 302244. You can read more about Ardeg Distillery at their website Click here to find out more information regarding this fine Scottish distillery.

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About Ardbeg Distillery

Ardbeg - The Ultimate Single Islay Malt Scotch WhiskyArdbeg prides itself on being the ‘Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky’.  Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts widely available.  Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its devilishly delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.

  • The beautiful veiw around the Ardbeg DistilleryThe Ardbeg Distillery lies on the south shore of Islay - a remote island to the west of Scotland.  It is one of eight distilleries operating on the island

  • After a period of decline under previous owners, production dwindled to almost nothing

  • In 1997, the distillery was bought by The Glenmorangie Company who set about increasing production and restoring the distillery to its former glory

  • The distillery is relatively small, with one wash still and one spirit still

  • Alongside Lagavulin and Laphroaig, Ardbeg is known as one of the ‘super Islays’, with its intense flavour

  • Ardbeg is the most heavily peated malt on earth, measured at 55ppm phenol

  • A close up of the Ardbeg Distillery on IslayThe spirit still has a purifier on the arm of the still that allows the lighter alcohols to travel along the top of the arm while the heavier alcohols drop back into the still.  The purifier is undoubtedly what gives Ardbeg its fruity, floral sweetness

  • Once filled with new make spirit, Ardbeg casks rest in low stone-built buildings with earthen floors, permeated by fresh sea-air, the local climate ensuring a steady path to full peaty maturity

  • The distillery is also home to the very popular Old Kiln Café and Visitor Centre which opened in 1998

Ardbeg - A Summarised History

1815  

Ardbeg distillery is established as a legal commercial concern as the MacDougalls obtain a production licence

1887  

Output tops 250,000 gallons (1.1 million litres) a year, making Ardbeg the most productive distillery on Islay

1959

Alexander MacDougall & Co is liquidated and the Ardbeg Distillery formed, marking the end of family control and an uncertain future

1977 

The distillery changes hands for the second time as Hiram Walker acquires full control

1981 - 1989

Production dwindles to nothing and the distillery closes with the loss of 18 jobs and a devastating effect on the local community

1989 

Hiram Walker is bought by Allied Lyons and small-scale distilling resumes to satisfy ongoing demand for Ardbeg amongst blenders

1997 

The Glenmorangie Company purchases the distillery and full-time production commences, with the first bottlings comprising 17 Years Old, 1978 Vintage and Ardbeg Provenance

1998

Ardbeg 1975 is launched and Ardbeg is voted Distillery of the Year - a remarkable turnaround in only 12 short months

1999

   Production reaches 600,000 litres a year as new equipment is installed

1999 - 2006

Ardbeg single casks are hand selected and released in very limited, exclusive bottlings

2000  

Ardbeg Ten Years Old is launched and The Committee is formed from
thousands of Ardbeg followers across the globe keen to ensure ‘the doors
of Ardbeg never close again’

2001 

Ardbeg Lord of the Isles is launched

2003

Named after the distillery’s water source, Ardbeg Uigeadail is launched. Also, the first Glenmorangie Company distillate is released to The Committee for discussion, a limited bottling of Very Young Ardbeg

2004

The Committee overwhelmingly approves the distillate, leading to the
full launch of Very Young Ardbeg distilled in 1998, bottled in 2004 -
turning whisky thinking on its head

2005

 Ardbeg is established as part of the House of Glenmorangie within Moët
Hennessy/LVMH and output reaches 1 million litres, emulating Ardbeg’s
previous peak of success in 1887

2006

Still Young Ardbeg is launched as the malt takes its next step on ‘the peaty path to maturity’

Ardbeg 1965 is revealed - an extremely limited release of only 261 bottles of the oldest Ardbeg ever to be released

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist is released - a limited expression drawn from rare and restricted whisky stocks, distilled and laid down in 1990

2007

Ardbeg Almost There is bottled, the third limited release of the 1998 distillate that is progressing along ‘the peaty path to maturity’

Mór is the Gaelic word meaning “big and magnificent”.  Ardbeg Mór was the biggest launch to date – a hugely sought after 1000 4.5litre bottles of cask strength Ten Years Old

Another big release with Ardbeg Double Barrel – 250 pairs of the acclaimed Ardbeg 1974 vintage single cask bottlings presented in luxury shotgun cases           

2008

Ardbeg Ten Years Old wins World Whisky of The Year in Jim Murray’s 2008 Whisky Bible – a big achievement indeed

The Committee hurl themselves into the latest Committee bottling, Ardbeg Corryvreckan.

Ardbeg Renaissance completes the peaty path to maturity in June 2008, with a full strength release of ten years old distilled in 1998.

The journey continues with the launch of Blasda, a lightly peated Ardbeg, in September 2008.

2009

Ardbeg Uigeadail makes it a Double by winning World Whisky of The Year in Jim Murray’s 2009 Whisky Bible.  A phenomenal achievement!

Tasting note for the Ardbeg 10 Year Old Single Islay Malt can be found on this website.

Other links on this website for Ardbeg

Tasting note for the Ardbeg 10 Year Old Single Islay Malt
Ardbeg Press Release -23th October 2008.
Scottish Single Malts Whiskies
Whisky fit for heroes - Lord Robertson donates his special cask of Ardbeg whisky to veterans’ charity Erskine - 6th July, 2010
Click to see the range of Ardbeg Single Malt Whisky

Latest Whisky News from Ardbeg Distillery

New Release On 4th October: Ardbeg Twenty Something Is A Vintage From The Distillery's Darkest Days

This rare 22 Year Old whisky pays tribute to those visionaries who helped keep Ardbeg’s spirit alive

New Release On 4th October: Ardbeg Twenty Something Is A Vintage From The Distillery's Darkest Days

In October of this year, whisky lovers will have the opportunity to experience the third release in Ardbeg’s exclusive Twenty Something collection – a superb 22 Year Old single malt bottled in honour of the handful of visionaries who helped keep the Distillery alive. Read more

 

Ardbeg spreads ‘Peat & Love’ to launch The Magical Whisky Tour 2018 Ardbeg Day Saturday 2nd June 2018

Ardbeg spreads ‘Peat & Love’ to launch The Magical Whisky Tour 2018 Ardbeg Day Saturday 2nd June 2018

This year’s Ardbeg Day celebrations will take Ardbeggians and whisky-lovers alike back in time for a celebration of all things ‘Peat & Love’. Read more

Ardbeg Distillery on Islay provides crafted molecules in a "World First" Space Experiment - 10th April, 2012

Latest Whisky News - Make it snappy or we’ll see you later, urges Ardbeg - 1st September, 2011

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