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Officially founded in 1815.
Location Islay South shore region.
Water Source Loch Uigeadail
Ardbeg Distillery Equipment
Stainless steel semi-lauter Mash Tun,
6 Washbacks 3 Being the original Larch the other 3 Oregon Pine.
2 large pot stills. Low wines and Spirit stills both the same large “Waisted” size, with outside condensers, The spirit still is fitted with a purifier that channels the heavier spirit from the lyne arm back into the still for further distilation.
The spirit safe comes from Archibald McMillian of Edinburgh
Matured in American oak ex bourbon casks with some ex sherry butts
reserved for special bottlings.
Ardbeg Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose : Thick with Tar, smoke and seaweed.
Palate : Full bodied. Sweet, oily and smoky with a hint of citrus and spice.
Finish : Long and smoky.
Ardbeg Malt Whisky Distillery History
One of the original Kildalton distilleries, situated on the southern shore of the island.
The present distillery was built on the site of an illicit distillery, of which there were many in the area, in 1815. Ardbeg, unlike its neighbours Laphroaig and Lagavulin, has not enjoyed the same uninterrupted period of production since its opening.
In fact between 1981 and 1989 it was famously closed, whilst the then owners Allied distillers decided what to do with the distillery. It was re-opened in 1990 but only operated up to 6 weeks of the year from 1991 until 1996 when the distillery closed again...for good.
In 1997 the Glenmorangie company bought the distillery and all its stock, re-starting distillation in earnest in 1998, bringing much needed stability and expertise in maturation particularly. In effect they had resurrected a slumbering beast.
One of, if not the most, heavily peated malts from anywhere in Scotland, Ardbeg's pure spring water comes from Loch Uigeadail (the dark, mysterious place in Gaelic) via another loch called Airigh Nam Beist (shelter of the beast).
Ardbeg's 'house style' when young is all about warming peat smoke, smoked fish, seaweed with a balancing citrus sweetness, whilst the older bottlings take on more rich spices such as cinnamon and aniseed which integrate very well with the peat. For a 'younger' experience try Ardbeg 'Almost There' and for an older, more mature expression try Airigh Nam Beist 1990 or Lord of The Isles.
One of the most sought after malts by both collectors and drinkers, Ardbeg is commonly awarded the highest critical acclaim.'
Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
10 year Old
Supernova (The third Best Whisky in the World Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2010)
Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings
10 Year Old (Glenmorangie ownership)
1990 Airgh Nam Beist
10 Year Old (Previous owners distillation)
17 Year Old
21 Year Old
Guaranteed 30 Year Old
Lord of the Isles
Vintage 1965, 1975,1977, 1978
Provenance (1974 Vintage)
Single cask vintages 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976,1977, 1978, 1992, 1995, 1998,
Single cask 2000 Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),
Creative Whisky Co
Duncan Taylor Collection
Platinum Old & Rare (Douglas Laing)
Provenance (Douglas Laing)
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
Old & Rare
Whisky Fair (Germany)
#-Older Discontinued Style Bottlings
*- Limited Editions
^- Independent Bottlings