The Distillery

The Ardberg distillery (meaning “Small Headland” in Gaelic) has a long history, having been producing quality whisky since 1798. By the late 1800s it had over 60 people working there and had an output of over 1.1 million liters of spirit per year, although its modern day production is somewhat more small scale.

The distillery is located in Islay in the Inner Hebrides islands. It is famous for producing heavily peated whisky so typical of the Islay style. In factm its whiskies are considered to be among the peatiest in the world, so if peat is your thing, chances are you will like the whisky from Ardberg.

The distillery was in continuous production until 1981 when production was halted, only to be resumed on a smaller scale in 1989. Glenmorangie purchased it a few years later and full production was resumed in 1998. Since then, it has won numerous awards for its products, including World Whisky of the Year in 4 out of the last 7 years. If you like peated single malt, you will like Ardberg.

Ardbeg was our Distillery of the Month for February 2018

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This Ardbeg 22 Year Old is the final release in the popular Twenty Something series. The whisky in this bottle was created at a time when the distillery’s future was uncertain, with still producing tiny amounts of spirit thanks to a huge drop in demand. A few young whisky enthusiasts were determined to keep Ardbeg […]

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This Ardbeg 23 Year Old was released in late 2017 as part of the popular Twenty Something series. This amazing expression was matured in ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks and it brings an array of complex and fresh notes to your nose and palate, all backed up by a good helping of that famous Islay […]

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This brand new Ardbeg Committee release was created to celebrate the work of Mickey Heads, who recently retired after 13 years as Distillery Manager and Committee Chair. It was matured in ex-rye casks that have imparted notes of banana, rye bread and pear onto the lightly smoky and earthy spirit. It’s a fantastic whisky that […]

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The Ardbeg Corryvreckan is a real favourite among fans of Islay whisky thanks to its complex range of notes that combine in harmonious fashion on the nose, palate and finish. Expect notes of freshly buttered toast, malt, citrus fruits and gentle spices, all backed up by thick peat smoke. It’s an incredibly well crafted whisky […]

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The Ardbeg Dark Cove is an excellent limited edition single malt whisky from Islay’s famous Ardbeg distillery. This exceptional dram was released on 28th May 2016 for Ardbeg Day, the annual celebration that takes place during the hugely popular Feis Ile music and whisky festival.  Matured in dark sherry and ex-bourbon casks, it brings notes […]

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The Ardbeg Kelpie was the world famous distillery’s Committee release for the 2017 Ardbeg Day, since then it has become something of a collectible. It was the first whisky from Ardbeg to be matured in Black Sea oak, which is said to impart deep flavours of charred oak and sea salt onto the smoky, fruity […]

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This Ardbeg Renaissance 1998 bottling was the final release in a quartet of expressions bottled to celebrate the return of the Ardbeg distillery after it was reopened in 1997 following 6 silent years. It was the first 10 Year Old released since the reopening and brings an exquisite range of fruity, grassy and, of course, […]

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Released to celebrate Ardbeg Day 2021, the Scorch is a fiery single malt matured in heavily charred ex-bourbon casks that have imparted notes of wood smoke, citrus fruits, a gentle oakiness and vanilla onto the peated spirit. As with most Ardbeg whiskies, the peat comes in big waves and builds the more you drink. It’s […]

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Ardbeg Twenty One

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This Ardbeg Twenty One is a rare, unique, limited edition 21 Year Old whisky from the famous Islay distillery that was a special committee release in 2016. It’s a celebratory bottling that holds some of the most complex and incredibly liquid to ever come out of the distillery inside. A real delight and one that […]

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