Celebrating 200 Years of Ardbeg

2015 saw the 200th anniversary of the Ardbeg distillery on Islay.

Founded (or more likely found-out by the excise men) in 1815, Ardbeg is one of the 3 remaining ‘Kildalton’ distilleries on Islay’s southern coastline, reknowned for producing some of the peatiest scotch whiskies in existence. Following the call out to Ardbeg Committee members to help celebrate this 200th anniversary I promptly purchased tickets for myself and friends to celebrate at Royal Mile Whiskies in Edinburgh.


Committee duties call – willing participants needed for our 200th anniversary ‘Taste and Tell’ events

Dear Committee Member

Committee members have always taken their duties very seriously. Now we’re putting the call out for dedicated, conscientious individuals to partake in important research i.e. drink Ardbeg.

In this, our 200th anniversary year, we are holding some very special tastings in February in London and Edinburgh, and you’re invited to take part! Hosted by myself or the infamous Dr Bill Lumsden, our whisky creator, these exclusive events are a chance for you to meet fellow Committee members and sample some favourite, and some rare, Ardbegs.

During the tastings, we’ll take a trip down memory lane, or in this case along the famous road to Ardbeg. We’ll explore glorious whiskies of yesteryear including highlights from recent times such as sought-after limited editions, and highlights from the distant past in the form of the coveted Ardbeg 1974. In other words, Ardbeggian heaven.

Choose a date and reserve your place now
The tasting events will take place on:

Monday February 9th: Whiski Rooms
Tuesday February 10th: Royal Mile Whiskies
Monday February 16th: The Whisky Exchange
Tuesday February 17th: Soho Vintage House

The Committee is the backbone of Ardbeg and your input and feedback has always been invaluable, so I hope you will be able to join us as we raise some rare glasses of Ardbeg.

And so began our evening drinking Ardbeg with Dr Bill Lumsden at Royal Mile Whiskies

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During which we sampled:


Ardbeg 10 Years Old ~ 46% (Moet-Hennessy)


Ardbeg Uigeadail ~ 54.2% (Moet-Hennessy)


Ardbeg Corryvreckan ~ 57.1% (Moet-Hennessy)


Ardbeg Alligator 51.2% (Moet-Hennessy)


Ardbeg Auriverdes ~49.9% (Moet-Hennessy)

Ardbeg 1974

Ardbeg 31 Years Old 1974 Cask 4989 ~ 50.7% (Moet-Hennessy)


Ardbeg 33 Years Old 1975 Cask 1376 ~ 52.3% (Moet-Hennessy)

Many thanks to our gracious hosts: Royal Mile Whiskies, Ardbeg, Moet-Hennessy (LVMH) and Dr Bill Lumsden

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