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Ardbeg

Ardbeg lies solitary, in a small cove off the south coast of Islay. It was once a stage for illegal distillation, when smugglers took advantage of the remote location and exceptional conditions for whisky production. Eventually, excise men seized the original, illegitimate buildings from the smugglers and destroyed them. It was not until 1815 that a legal distillery was established and founded by John McDougall. Sitting nearby leviathan distilleries; Laphroaig and Lagavulin, Ardbeg has always produced a very sought-after single malt, despite its production scale being less than half that of its neighbours.

After running into some financial difficulties the distillery closed in 1981 and it was not until 1989 that distillation resumed, although on a very small scale. After closing again in 1996, then owners, Allied Domecq, put the distillery up for sale. It was bought in 1997 by Glenmorangie Co and was, at last, restored to its former grandeur. Its chief watersource, Loch Uigeadail, or ‘dark and mysterious place’ in Gaelic, became the inspiration for a bottling launched in 2003 under the same name. Ardbeg Uigeadail was later Jim Murray’s 2009 World Whisky of the Year, a title held previously by Ardbeg’s ten year-old. Ardbeg has become known for its rich, peated whiskies, very easily identifiable by their fullness of body and perfect harmony of flavour.

2005 saw Ardbeg acquired by luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. Shortly after in 2006, Stuart Thompson, who had served as the distillery manager at Ardbeg since the take-over by Glenmorangie PLC in 1997, left the distillery after working at there for almost a decade. Following this, Michael "Mickey" Heads, an Islay native and former manager at Jura who had worked at Ardbeg years earlier, took over in March 2007. 2009 saw Ardbeg release its peatiest expression ever, in the form of Supernova.

In 2018, construction of a new still house began which will house four new stills, while the original still house is being refurbished in order to house six new washbacks. This will increase production from 1.4 million litres to 2.4 million litres.

Ardbeg Uigeadail

70cl, 54.2%

This stunning expression from Islay's Ardbeg distillery on the Kildalton Coast is named after a nearby loch (pronounced "Oog-a-dal"). It's the perfect example of how sweet and savoury notes can work…  More info

Ardbeg Uigeadail
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$53.94
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Ardbeg An Oa

70cl, 46.6%

An Oa is named after the Mull of Oa in the south west of Islay, which offers the Kildaton coast (where Ardbeg distillery is situated) some protection from the worst the Atlantic has to offer! As…  More info

Ardbeg An Oa
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$50.87
$43.55

Ardbeg 10 Year Old

70cl, 46%

A phenomenal whisky packing powerful peaty deliciousness, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is a favourite of many whisky lovers around the world. Produced on the Kildalton Coast of Islay, this single malt matures…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old
322
$41.52

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

70cl, 57.1%

Powerfully peaty and immensely satisfying, Ardbeg's Corryvreckan is what happens when the distillery of Islay's Kildalton Coast aims to make a whisky with a particularly medicinal style than its…  More info

Ardbeg Corryvreckan
105
$65.38

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Warehouse Pack

70cl, 46%

A bottle of the legendary Ardbeg 10 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky, presented alongside a tin designed akin to their distinctive warehouse on the Isle of Islay. A must for Ardbeg enthusiasts. You…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old - Warehouse Pack
$42.39

Ardbeg 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 50.6%

Say hello to the 19th batch of Ardbeg single malt bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's a 27 year old expression from the extraordinary Islay distillery - which is where Geert Bero, Ardbeg…  More info

Ardbeg 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$779.45
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Ardbeg Grooves - Committee Release

70cl, 51.6%

The 2018 Ardbeg Day release was Ardbeg Grooves, and as ever, the Islay-based distillers also created something a little special as an Ardbeg Committee Release to go with it. A portion of the whisky…  More info

Ardbeg Grooves - Committee Release
$306.60

Ardbeg 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.1%

Very yummy Ardbeg single malt, matured for 24 years before being bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! Indie Ardbeg bottlings are always an exciting thing to see, especially when they're…  More info

Ardbeg 24 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$753.47
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Ardbeg Exploration Pack

70cl, 47.2%

Explore the range of fantastic whiskies from the renowned Ardbeg distillery on the Isle of Islay with the Ardbeg Exploration Pack. This set features a 70cl bottle of Ardbeg 10 Year Old (a timeless…  More info

Ardbeg Exploration Pack
$54.83

Ardbeg Alligator

70cl, 51.2%

Aged in a similar style to the standard 10 year old, except for the fact that a portion of the whisky was aged in heavily charred barrels. The barrels are charred to such an extent that they start to…  More info

Ardbeg Alligator
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$514.47

Ardbeg 26 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 47.2%

Another fabulous release from Hunter Laing's The 2019 Kinship collection, released to celebrate the official start of distilling at its very own Ardnahoe distillery on Islay. This Ardbeg 26 Year Old…  More info

Ardbeg 26 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing)
$1,091.30

Ardbeg 10 Year Old 2000 (cask 368) - Single Cask

70cl, 55.9%

A rather delicious Ardbeg single malt, which was distilled on Islay on 25 February 2000 and left to age in a single first fill bourbon cask for a decade. On 3 March 2010, 240 bottles were drawn from…  More info

Ardbeg 10 Year Old 2000 (cask 368) - Single Cask
$1,559

Ardbeg Drum - Committee Release

70cl, 52%

Drum is the first whisky released by Ardbeg to have enjoyed a finishing period in rum casks! It was initially matured in ex-bourbon casks before being transferred over to casks that had previously…  More info

Ardbeg Drum - Committee Release
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$259.83

Ardbeg 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 1922) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 40.4%

Indie Ardbeg Alert: Here is a 26 year old bottling of Ardbeg single malt, independently bottled for the Mackillop's Choice range. This one was distilled in October 1991 (a few years after the…  More info

Ardbeg 26 Year Old 1991 (cask 1922) - Mackillop's Choice
$725.02

Ardbeg 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 1321) - Fèis Ìle 2018

70cl, 56.4%

A very collectible bottling from Ardbeg, released in celebration of Fèis Ìle 2018. It was distilled in April 2005 and filled into an Oloroso sherry butt, where it aged until April 2018. Just 543…  More info

Ardbeg 13 Year Old 2005 (cask 1321) - Fèis Ìle 2018
$1,818.83

Ardbeg Kelpie - Committee Release 2017

70cl, 51.7%

It's the Committee Release of Ardbeg Kelpie, a single malt released in 2017 having been matured in casks made from virgin Black Sea oak and more traditional bourbon casks. The Committee Release is…  More info

Ardbeg Kelpie - Committee Release 2017
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Ardbeg Supernova 2015 (SN2015) - Committee Release

70cl, 54.3%

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 was to compare…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2015 (SN2015) - Committee Release
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Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

70cl, 49.2%

The Ardbeg Committee edition of the distillery's bicentennial release - Perpetuum. Originally only available from the distillery itself! An accomplished blend of both young and old stock. This…  More info

Ardbeg Perpetuum - Bicentenary Committee Release

Ardbeg 23 Year Old - Twenty Something

70cl, 46.3%

Released in late 2017, Ardbeg Twenty Something is 23 year old single malt from the revered Islay distillery, matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. The name might suggest that this…  More info

Ardbeg 23 Year Old - Twenty Something
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Ardbeg Drum

70cl, 46%

Drum roll, please! It's this year's limited edition Ardbeg release for Ardbeg Day, Ardbeg Drum! Released at Fèis Ìle and around the world, the single malt brings together the best of both Islay and…  More info

Ardbeg Drum
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Ardbeg Supernova (2009 Stellar Release)

70cl, 58.9%

The most heavily peated Ardbeg ever released. In our humble opinion, this is the best of the heavily peated whiskies available today. Top tip - this whisky makes a lot more sense if you 'build up' to…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova (2009 Stellar Release)
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Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Reserve

70cl, 57.3%

On the 15th February 2010, the release of Ardbeg Rollercoaster was met with palpable excitement. The 50,000 Committee Members were keen to get their hands on the 15,000 bottles and apparently the…  More info

Ardbeg Rollercoaster - Committee Reserve
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Ardbeg Day - Committee Release

70cl, 56.7%

Ardbeg day was released for Feis Ile 2012 but is basically a Committee release. It's a fantastic whisky, and a departure for the distillery which normally releases very limited, exceptional single…  More info

Ardbeg Day - Committee Release

Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release

70cl, 51.2%

The Committee Release of Ardbeg Alligator, so named for the barrels it was aged in; the American oak casks were given such an intense char, the resulting charcoal surface resembled alligator skin!…  More info

Ardbeg Alligator - Committee Release
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Ardbeg Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 2nd Release

70cl, 60.1%

Quite possibly the most exciting new whisky release for 2010! This is the brand new Supernova, stronger, more pungent in flavour, and more earthy than last year's Supernova - which Jim Murray rated…  More info

Ardbeg Supernova 2010 (SN2010) 2nd Release
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