Ardbeg Islay Whisky Distillery
Ardbeg is hidden away in the south coast of Islay close by its neighbours Laphroaig and Lagavulin. Ardbeg has a chequered and interesting history; it was founded in 1815 however illicit distilling had been taking place for some years before. The remote location was ideal for smugglers and excise men eventually seized the buildings. This was not the end of its criminal some years later in the in the late 1970’s financial criminality led the closure of Ardbeg in 1981. Ardbeg opened again in 1989, but closed again in 1996. The whisky giant Glenmorangie plc now owns Ardbeg and with the global popularity of the heavily peated whiskies improving the once smugglers paradise now comes complete with excellent restaurant, tours and worldwide following.
The water source comes from Loch Uigeadail, which is ‘dark and mysterious place’ in Gaelic. A bottling by the renowned Jim Murray took the coveted Whisky of the Year award in 2009.
The global success of Islay whiskies in recent years has seen a surge in sales with the 17 year old a particular success. The core product is the 10 year old which is a full bodied, peaty and fruity whisky. Due to the colourful history of Ardbeg vintage bottling’s highly sought after by collectors and command a high price.
Taste: Very heavily peated, rich and full bodied what you would expect from an Islay Whisky.
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