Planet Whiskies :: Scottish Single Malt Whisky, Scotch, Distilleries, American Bourbon, Japanese, Irish

World-Wide Whisky News by Planet Whiskies | Buy your whisky online

To advertise on Planet Whiskies visit our contact us page

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.

<< Back to Scottish Whisky Distillery Home Page

Where you can buy Ardbeg Malts

View the range of Ardbeg malts available to buy online at Ardbeg malts on Planet Whiskies

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

Prepare for a close encounter with Ardbeg Supernova - This year's Limited Edition from Ardbeg

This year's limited edition arrives with a mission – to take ardbeg committee members on a journey of unbelievably peaty proportions

Prepare for a close encounter with Ardbeg Supernova - This year's Limited Edition from Ardbeg

In October this year, still in the glow of winning Distillery of the Year 2019, Ardbeg Distillery will take its Committee Members on a journey like no other – as Supernova 2019 makes one more brief and earth-shattering return. Read more

Ardbeg Day celebrates a taste of the Caribbean with Rum-bustious Revelry in honour of Ardbeg Day Bottling, Ardbeg Drum

Join the UK festivities at Regent’s Park, London, for Ardbeg’s ‘Drum Roll Please…’
 Saturday 1st June 2019

Ardbeg Day celebrates a taste of the Caribbean with Rum-bustious Revelry in honour of Ardbeg Day Bottling, Ardbeg Drum

As Ardbeg Day fast approaches, Islay’s peatiest single malt has revealed how this annual whisky celebration will take shape in London, for those wanting to share in the rum-bustious revelry away from its native Islay shores. Read more

Ardbeg invites smoky malt fans to join together in a day of rumbustious revelry

Celebrate Islay’s rich history of carnivals with a flamboyant Caribbean twist. Join in the festivities at around the UK for Ardbeg Day 201

Ardbeg invites smoky malt fans to join together in a day of rumbustious revelry

Every year, on Ardbeg Day – the last Saturday of Islay’s Festival of Music and Malt, whisky fans gather to celebrate all things Ardbeg. For 2019, Ardbeg is preparing to close out the Feis Ile like never before. In a spectacular Caribbean twist, Ardbeggians everywhere are invited to swap their flat caps for elaborate headdresses as Ardbeg Day embraces a dash of carnival colour. Read more

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

You can also read more regarding Ardbeg Whiskies Distillery on the latest news page.

<< Back to Scottish Whisky Distillery Home Page

 

Planet Whiskies on Twitter
Planet Whiskies on Facebook
Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Whisky Advent Calendars

Are we looking for the unique whisky advent calendar for the run-up to Christmas? With 24 whiskies in each all with different types of whisky, you know you're in for a treat. We have over 50 calendars that can be bought online that contain whisky and other spirits. To see the full section, please go to Whisky Advent Calanders on Planet Whiskies.

The Whisky Shop Advent Calendar 2019

24 Advent Drams - Whisky Advent Calendar 24x3cl

Buy online today for only £99.00

American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 46.5% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £124.95


Irish Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
Irish Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 44.3% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £149.95


Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 44.9% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £199.95


Premium Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
Premium Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 46% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £249.95


That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 48.4% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £149.95


Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 47.6% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £999.95


View all Whisky Advent Calendars and other advent calendars with Gin, Tequila, Vodka, Absinthe, Armagnac, Mezcal and Rum

Subscribe to Planet Whiskies newsletter

* indicates required


Loch Fyne Whiskies

Loch Fyne Whiskies

Have you seen all the whisky specials on offer at Loch Fyne Whiskies in Inveraray? All orders placed have next day delivery. Click to discover all these fantastic offers... Read More

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

View latest whisky news

The Singleton Of Glen Ord Launches Its First Ever Limited Edition Distillery Exclusive Bottling

The Singleton Of Glen Ord Launches Its First Ever Limited Edition Distillery Exclusive Bottling

The Singleton of Glen Ord distillery has released its first ever limited-edition Single Malt Scotch whisky that is exclusively available to purchase at the Highland distillery. With just 6000 bottles available, The Singleton of Glen Ord will retail at RSP £90 per 70cl bottle and is bottled at 48% ABV. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

GlenAllachie is launching Batch 3 of its Cask Strength series

On the second anniversary of its purchase by Billy Walker, The GlenAllachie reveals Batch 3 of its Cask Strength series and five new single casks

Whisky Distillery Of The Year Marks Milestone By Launching Limited Edition Releases - GlenAllachie is launching Batch 3 of its Cask Strength series

Two years to the day since being bought by Billy Walker and hot on the heels of winning Scottish Whisky Distillery Of The Year, The GlenAllachie is launching Batch 3 of its Cask Strength series, and a new collection of five UK exclusive single casks. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Prepare for a close encounter with Ardbeg Supernova - This year's Limited Edition from Ardbeg

This year's limited edition arrives with a mission – to take ardbeg committee members on a journey of unbelievably peaty proportions

Prepare for a close encounter with Ardbeg Supernova - This year's Limited Edition from Ardbeg

In October this year, still in the glow of winning Distillery of the Year 2019, Ardbeg Distillery will take its Committee Members on a journey like no other – as Supernova 2019 makes one more brief and earth-shattering return. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Benromach unveils rare 50-Year-Old Single Cask Whisky - Only 125 bottles of Benromach 50 Years Old will be released for sale

Benromach unveils rare 50-Year-Old Single Cask Whisky - Only 125 bottles of Benromach 50 Years Old will be released for sale

Benromach Distillery in Speyside has unveiled one of its rarest single cask releases and the oldest expression in the current range – Benromach 50 Years Old. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Great Whiskies Website

Buy Whisky online go to Great Whiskies (Planet Whiskies sister website)

Planet Gin Website

To read all the Latest Gin News. please go to our sister website - www.planetgin.com

VisitScotland Interactive Whisky Guide

Visit Scotland Interactive Whisky Map

Found out about 105 whisky distilleries in Scotland's five whisky regions in this very exciting interactive whisky guide :: More information

Some Scottish Whisky Available to Buy Online

Bunnahabhain 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 12145) - Cask Strength Collection Single Malt Whisky
Bunnahabhain 42 Year Old 1973 (cask 12145) - Cask Strength Collection Single Malt Whisky ~ 47.9% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £995.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar - Macassar Ebony (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
Very Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar - Macassar Ebony (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 48% ~ 72cl

Region: Other Scotch  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £9,999.95
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glenfiddich 40 Year Old - Rare Collection (Release Number 15) Single Malt Whisky
Glenfiddich 40 Year Old - Rare Collection (Release Number 15) Single Malt Whisky ~ 47.8% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £2,795.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Bowmore 21 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing) Single Malt Whisky
Bowmore 21 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing) Single Malt Whisky ~ 53.2% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £400.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Tullibardine 52 Year Old 1962 - Custodians Collection Single Malt Whisky
Tullibardine 52 Year Old 1962 - Custodians Collection Single Malt Whisky ~ 40.1% ~ 70cl

Region: Highland  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £1,995.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 909700) - Artist #8 (La Maison du Wh Single Malt Whisky
Glenrothes 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 909700) - Artist #8 (La Maison du Wh Single Malt Whisky ~ 52.8% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £311.77
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


The John Walker Blended Whisky
The John Walker Blended Whisky ~ 40% ~ 70cl

Region: Other Scotch  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £2,000.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Springbank 26 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt) Single Malt Whisky
Springbank 26 Year Old 1991 - Single Cask (Master of Malt) Single Malt Whisky ~ 43.4% ~ 70cl

Region: Campbeltown  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £482.95
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Darkness! Macallan 26 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky
Darkness! Macallan 26 Year Old Moscatel Cask Finish Single Malt Whisky ~ 47.3% ~ 50cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £763.95
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glenfarclas 1975 (cask 1185) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release Single Malt Whisky
Glenfarclas 1975 (cask 1185) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release Single Malt Whisky ~ 44.5% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £6,686.59
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Planet Whiskies on Twitter