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. 

33.135 Peat-reek and barbeque char

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.

Ardbeg 21 year old

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.