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Ardbeg

Ardbeg Distillery

Region: Islay, Scotland. PA42 7EA

Founded: 1815

Status: Active

Owner: Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH)

Water source: Loch Uigeadail

Mash tun: Stainless steel semilauter

Washbacks: 6x Oregon Pine

Stills: 1 Wash, 1 Spirit

Capacity: 1.3 million litres per annum

 

History:

The Ardbeg distillery has been producing whisky since 1798, and began commercial production in 1815.[3] Like most Scottish distilleries, for most of its history, its whisky was produced for use in blended whisky, rather than as a single malt. By 1886 the distillery produced 300,000 gallons of whisky per year, and employed 60 workers.[3] Production was halted in 1981, but resumed on a limited basis in 1989 and continued at a low level through late 1996, during the period when Ardbeg was owned by Hiram Walker.[citation needed] The distillery was bought and reopened by Glenmorangie plc (owned by the French company LVMH) with production resuming on June 25, 1997 and full production resuming in 1998. The distillery was reopened by Ed Dodson in 1997 and handed over to Stuart Thomson, who managed it from 1997 to 2006. Michael “Mickey” Heads, an Islay native and former manager at Jura who had worked at Ardbeg years earlier, took over on 12 March 2007.

The name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic: Àrd Beag, meaning Small Headland.

Links:

Official

Wikipedia

Our visit: 25th April 2014

Photos:

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Ardbeg Whisky Reviews:

  • Ardbeg 10 Years Old ~ 46% (LVMH) - Ardbeg 10 Years Old Islay single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £40.63 for 70cl available from Master of Malt Score: 87/100 What they say: Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way […]
  • ardbeg-21-year-old-1992-whiskybroker-2 Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1992 Cask HH430 ~ 42.5% (WhiskyBroker) - Whisky Review: Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1992 Hogshead cask 430 Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Ardbeg Distillery Bottling: WhiskyBroker ABV: 42.5% Cost: sold out ~ £130-140 at auction What they say: Distilled 19th March 1992 and bottled 30th October 2013 at 42.5% cask strength after 21 years maturation in Hogshead #430, producing 286 […]
  • Ardbeg-21-Years-Old-1993-2015-Authentic-Collection-Cadenhead Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 Authentic Collection ~ 53.2% (Cadenhead’s) - Review: Ardbeg 21 Years Old 1993 Authentic Collection Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Ardbeg Distillery Bottling: Wm Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection ABV: 53.2% Cost: £150 from Cadenhead’s What they say: Ardbeg Distillery 1993 21yo 53.2%. 210 Bottles. Bourbon Hogshead. Bottled July 2015. Nose: Prawn toast and natural yoghurt. Soft iodine, birch and dry seashells. Taste: […]
  • ardbeg-twenty-one Ardbeg 21 Years Old ~ 46% (LVMH) - Review: Ardbeg 21 Years Old Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Ardbeg Distillery Bottling: Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy ABV: 46% Cost: £310.00 What they say: ARDBEG TWENTY ONE LAUNCHES TO CELEBRATE DISTILLERY’S MOST PERILOUS DAYS Ardbeg has announced that its latest Limited Edition whisky is a 21 year old single malt, distilled at one […]
  • Ardbeg 31 yo 1974 Cask 4989 Ardbeg 31 Years Old 1974 Cask 4989 ~ 50.7% (LVMH) - Ardbeg 31 Years Old 1974 Cask 4989 Islay single malt scotch whisky 50.7% ABV, £450 for 70cl Score: 94/100 What they say: Royal Mile Whiskies: Just 133 bottles came from cask number 4989, sold exclusively in the UK. We only got a few bottles of this, boldy priced at £450 inc VAT (50 quid less […]
  • Ardbeg 1975 Ardbeg 33 Years Old 1975 Cask 1376 ~ 52.3% (LVMH) - Ardbeg 33 Years Old 1975 Cask 1376 Islay single malt scotch whisky 52.3% ABV, HKD 12800 (~ £1030) for 70cl Score: 93/100 What they say: Distilled at Ardbeg on 28th March 1975 and filled into a single sherry butt. This expression was matured for over 33 years before bottling on 10th June 2008. On outturn […]
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society Ardbeg 8 Years Old 2004 33.121 Barbecued pork on rosemary skewers ~ 59.0% (SMWS) - Ardbeg 8 Years Old 2004 – 33.121 ‘Barbecued pork on rosemary skewers’ ~ 59.0% (SMWS) 59% ABV, £55.70 per 70cl or £6.50 per dram Score: 86/100 What they say: Cask No. 33.121 Aromas gradually emerged – thyme, marjoram, tarragon, sage; puff candy sweetness, light smoke, sugared almonds, grilled pork and tinned peaches. On the palate, […]
  • rdbeg-2007-8-year-old-smws-33.132-beauty-and-the-beast Ardbeg 8 Years Old 2007 33.132 Beauty and the Beast ~ 60.9% (SMWS) - Review: Ardbeg 8 Years Old 2007 33.132 Beauty and the Beast Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Ardbeg Distillery Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask#33.132 ABV: 60.9% Cost:£120 from SMWS What they say: A variety, as well as degrees in intensity, of smoke; smoky bacon, honey glazed chicken breasts barbequed over hickory wood chips, stone […]
  • Ardbeg Alligator Ardbeg Alligator ~ 51.2% (LVMH) - Review: Ardbeg Alligator single malt scotch whisky Ardbeg Distillery – Moet-Hennessy 51.2% ABV £99.95 for 70cl from Master of Malt Score: 93/100 What they say: The general release of 2011’s much anticipated Ardbeg Committee Release – Alligator. It’s named for the high level of char on the inside of some of the casks used for […]
  • Ardbeg Auriverdes Ardbeg Auriverdes ~ 49.9% (LVMH) - Review: Ardbeg Auriverdes single malt scotch whisky Ardbeg Distillery – Moet-Hennessy 49.9% ABV £124.95 available from Master of Malt Score: 84/100 What they say: Distilled with equal measures of skill and passion, Ardbeg Auriverdes – golden whisky (auri), unmistakeable green bottle (verde) – is destined to be the star of Ardbeg Day this year. The […]
  • Ardbeg Blasda Ardbeg Blasda ~ 40% (LVMH) - Ardbeg Blasda (Official Bottling) 40% ABV, £170 for 70cl Score: 75/100 What they say: We all know Ardbeg packs a peaty punch, but if you remove some of that peat, can Ardbeg still retain its perfect balance? The mind bog-gling answer is “yes”! By taming our usual mighty peating levels we created Blasda, peated to […]
  • Ardbeg Distillery and Me Ardbeg Bourbon Cask ~ Cask strength (single cask sample) - Ardbeg Bourbon Cask (single cask sample) ~ 52-54% ABV / ~10-12 Years Old Score: 84/100 What they say: Ardbeg single cask sample, bourbon cask matured provided by Ardbeg Distillery What I say: Should have paid more attention at school! Too busy being distracted by the beautiful distillery and its surroundings during our whistle-stop tour. To […]
  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan Ardbeg Corryvreckan 2013 ~ 57.1% (LVMH) - Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1% ABV, £58.49 for 70cl Score 88/100 What they say: A deliciously deep, powerfully peaty and wonderfully wild whisky – Ardbeg Corryvreckan is the epitome of ‘the untamed spirit of Islay’.  Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas […]
  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan Ardbeg Corryvreckan 2014 ~ 57.1% (LVMH) - Review: Ardbeg Corryvreckan single malt scotch whisky Ardbeg Distillery – Moet-Hennessy 57.1% ABV £62.99 from Master of Malt Score: 91/100 What they say: Official Tasting Notes The new ongoing expression from Ardbeg, joining 10 Years Old and Uigeadail as an unlimited product. Replacing Araigh Nam Beist. A deep and mysterious Ardbeg, combining French oak cask […]
  • Ardbeg_Dark Cove_Committee Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition ~ 55% (LVMH) - Review: Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Edition Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Ardbeg Distillery Bottling: Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy ABV: 55% Cost: £85.99 What they say: Did you know that Ardbeg was once a notorious hideout for (whisper it) smugglers, who plied their trade within its hidden caves and secret beaches? Dark tales abound […]
  • Ardbeg_Dark_Cove Ardbeg Dark Cove ~ 46.5% (LVMH) - Review: Ardbeg Dark Cove Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Ardbeg Distillery Bottling: Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy ABV: 46.5% Cost: £95.99 What they say: Ardbeg’s island home has a dark past. Centuries ago, at the dead of night, the early distillers would smuggle their whisky from the rocky shores of Ardbeg cove, to black-painted […]
  • Ardbeg French Oak Cask ~ Cask strength (single cask sample) - Ardbeg French Oak Cask (single cask sample) ~ 52-54% ABV / ~10-12 Years Old Score: 93/100 What they say: The second of our single cask samples from Ardbeg was finished in French Oak. Much debate has raged over the ‘French Oak’ casks used for the part-maturation of Ardbeg Corryvreckan. Are these virgin French Oak casks, […]
  • Ardbeg Galileo Ardbeg Galileo 12 Years Old 1999 ~ 49% (LVMH) - Ardbeg Galileo 12 Years Old 1999 (Official Bottling) 49% ABV, ~£150-£200 for 70cl Score: 79/100 What they say: Distilled in 1999 and matured for 12 years, some of the spirit was wholly matured in ex-marsala wine casks, the remainder in Bourbon casks. What I say: Galileo was launched to celebrate Ardbeg’s collaboration with Texas-based company […]
  • rdbeg-perpetuum-bicentenary-committee-release-whisky Ardbeg Perpetuum 2015 Distillery Release ~ 49.2% (LVMH) - Review: Ardbeg Perpetuum 2015 Distillery Release Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Ardbeg Distillery Bottling: Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy ABV: 49.2% Cost:£70 from Ardbeg What they say: Colour: Deep Amber Nose: Tar, soot and pine resin leads to dark chocolate, treacle toffee, and a distant, nutty/oaky note. Water initiates fresh, briny sea-spray, linseed oil, and a pine […]
  • Ardbeg Sherry Cask ~ Cask Strength (single cask sample) - Ardbeg Sherry Cask ~ Cask Strength (single cask sample) ~ 52-54% ABV / ~10-12 Years Old Score: 89/100 What they say: The 3rd of our single cask samples from the Ardbeg Distillery was matured in a sherry cask. What I say: Oogy oogy oogy – oy oy oy One word – Uigeadail Colour: Pure ruby […]
  • Ardbeg-Supernova-2015-Committee-Release Ardbeg Supernova 2015 Committee Release ~ 54.3% (LVMH) - Review: Ardbeg Supernova 2015 Committee Release Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Ardbeg Distillery Bottling: Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy ABV: 54.3% Cost: £124.99 from Ardbeg What they say: Ardbeg, in case you didn’t know, sent some maturing spirit into space. Or, more accurately, tubes of “Ardbeg-crafted molecules” that also contained sticks of charred oak. The idea […]
  • Ardbeg-Uigeadail-single-malt-scotch-whisky Ardbeg Uigeadail 2012~ 54.2% (LVMH) - Ardbeg Uigeadail  2012 (Moet-Hennessy) Islay single malt scotch whisky NAS, 54.2% ABV, £49.38 for 70cl from Master of Malt Score 90/100 What they say: The Ardbeg Distillery lies on the most southerly part of Islay and on the rugged shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Arbeg is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most […]
  • Ardbeg-Uigeadail-single-malt-scotch-whisky Ardbeg Uigeadail 2014 ~ 54.2% (LVMH) - Review: Ardbeg Uigeadail single malt scotch whisky Ardbeg Distillery – Moet-Hennessy 54.2% ABV £49.38 from Master of Malt Score: 90/100 What they say: Official Tasting Notes Nose: Rich and weighty with heady and smoky aromatics, this expression of Ardbeg is both intensely flavoured and perfectly integrated. At full strength, the initial aroma is a beguiling […]
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