Ardbeg

Ardbeg was founded in 1815 by the McDougall family and rapidly grew into a smalcommunity along the SE coast of the Isle of Islay as the demand for whisky for blends increased in the 18th Century. The distillery has been mothballed several times in its history, and only just saved from demolition once.  The distillery was completely closed between 1981 and 1989, and only open for 2 months each year from 1989 through to 1996. Despite its global cult status as a 'talisman brand' Ardbeg is fairly small on the production side of things. 


Posted 11 May 2018

The limited release Ardbeg Alligator was launched towards the end of 2011, taking its name from the inside of heavily scorched barrels which begin to crack and peel into a rough, but shiny pattern that looks rather similar to alligator scales. Originally released for the Ardbeg Committee and in a general release ‘Untamed’ form (though both at 51.2% ABV), both versions are now long consigned to auction.


Posted 30 November 2017

Fan-favourite Ardbeg comes around again for its 135th SMWS bottling. This youthful expression is 9 years old, having been matured in a 2nd fill oloroso sherry butt. Sherry butts are big, so this is one of 606 bottles. Peated Profile.


Posted 04 January 2018

Buying a whole cask of whisky is an aspiration for many enthusiasts. Alas, the huge growth in the industry has meant that many of the larger (and more popular) distilleries have all but halted private cask sales – nowadays, your best bet for purchasing a cask is probably via one of the new up and coming distilleries (or indeed perhaps via Arran) who require the initial investment that early cask sales can provide to keep their operations running until their malt spirit has fully matured into a commercially viable product.


Posted 09 May 2017

The history of Ardbeg is not a story of plain sailing. Closures and periods of low production were a feature of the distillery which has become rather the talisman for peat-heads worldwide. When you arrive at Ardbeg you'll see a huge gleaming copper pot still, and a giant fake dinosaur head. Ardbeg try not to do things normally. 


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