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Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky


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Islay Near Port Ellen
1815
Loch Uigeadail
Glenmorangie PLC
Operational
Yes
+44 (0)1496 302244
(Call for visiting hours)
Ardbeg Distillery is on the southern edge of the island of Islay, surrounded by treacherous seas and battered by strong winds, all of which add to the character of this malt.

The distillery in its current form was founded by the MacDougall family back in 1815(with John MacDougall being the most prominent). The distillery was mothballed for most of the 1980's and suffered from an uncertain future until it was purchased and reopened by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 which saved the Distillery from extinction. The Glenmorangie Company have since invested heavily both in the distillery and the marketing of the Ardbeg malt and the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following. The legacy of the whisky was safeguarded by the formation of ‘The Committee’ in 2000 from thousands of Ardbeg followers across the globe keen to ensure, the doors of Ardbeg never close again.

Ardbeg Whisky is one of the heaviest and peatiest single malts that you are ever likely to encounter. A ferociously phenolic dram which retains an impressive finesse. Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’. Excellent and exciting when young, endlessly complex and stimulating when bottled old. Ardbeg is a mighty malt and increasingly popular with collectors and auctioneers.

Since reopening Ardbeg has been voted ‘Scotch Whisky of the Year’ three years in a row by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
 

Ardbeg Tasting Notes


Ardbeg Single Islay Malt stands alone as the most delicate and complex of all the Islay malts. Its strength is that it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the malt, the natural sweetness of which subtly intrudes and produces the perfect balance. And balance is the key. All Islay malts are special, but only Ardbeg has achieved such effortless harmony which sets it apart from the rest.

Ardbeg 10 Year Old
Light gold in colour. At full strength, the aroma is a beguiling mix of toffee and chocolate sweetness, cinnamon spice and medicinal phenols. Fresh citrus and floral notes of white wine are evident, as are melon, pear drops and a gentle creaminess. There is also a fresh phenolic aroma of seaspray (iodine) and smoked fish. Hickory and coffee emerge later as the most volatile top notes fade.

The taste is initially a moderate and clean sweetness is rapidly followed by a mouthful of deep peat notes, with tobacco smoke and strong espresso coffee, which then gives way to treacle sweetness and liquorice. The mouthfeel is firstly lightly spiced, then chewing, mouth watering and full, finally drying.

The finish is long and smoky. A smoky sweetness is left on the palate, with a crushed peat and sweet malted cereal character.

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Ardbeg Bottlings


Ardbeg offer you the following choice of single malts:
  • 10 Year Old Single Malt.
  • 6 Year Old Single Malt Very Young.
  • Ardbeg Uigeadail Traditional Strength.
  • 15 Year Old Black Label.
  • 30 Year Old Black Label.
    Ardbeg Committee 21 Year Old Limited Edition.
  • 1976 25 Year Old Sherry Cask
  • 1975 24 Year Old Sherry Hogshead
  • 1974 28 Year Old Oak Barrel
  • 1973 31 Year Old Bourbon Hogshead Cask
  • There are many more Ardbeg Single Malt bottlings available including many independent bottings.

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