Ardbeg was officially established by the MacDougall family in 1815, the same year as Laphroaig came into official existence a few miles along the road, although it seems that illicit distilling had already been taking place on the site for over twenty years, with Alexander Stewart having founded a distillery there in 1794. Like its fellow south ... Read More »
For peat-lovers, Ardbeg 10yo is probably the highest-quality 'entry-level' single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favourite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavours.
A fine drop of Ardbeg bottled at cask strength. A marriage of Ardbeg from bourbon barrel and sherry butt which gives a sweet and smokey finish to this malt. Uigeadail is the loch from which all Ardbeg water flows. An absolutely stunning whisky, and following the demise of the Airigh nam Beist this probably represents the best value in the core range.
Following on from Very Young and Still Young, Ardbeg Almost There showed the final stage in the evolution of young cask-strength Ardbeg 1998 before it blossomed into the Renaissance 10 yr-old. As you would expect, this is a mellower, more rounded, better balanced dram than the younger incarnations.
The second release in Ardbeg's journey to the new 10yo, Still Young was released in 2006 and continued the successful 'path to peaty maturity' as the marketing types called it. A refreshing dram with great intensity.
Airigh Nam Beist 1990 is a delicious vintage bottling from the ongoing success story that is Ardbeg. Sadly now discontinued due to exhausted stocks, 'the Beist' was an extremely popular Ardbeg, with assertive and powerful peatiness and a lovely honeyed edge. Oh, and it's pronounced 'Arry nam Baysht'.
Ardbeg Renaissance is the end of the series that began with the 'Very Young' 6yo which now changes hands for silly money on eBay. This is the first 10-year old Ardbeg that is entirely comprised of spirit produced after Glenmorangie's takeover of the distillery in 1997. A fitting end to the series.
An old bottling of 1991 vintage Ardbeg from independent bottler Wilson & Morgan. Distilled a couple of years after the distillery reopened following a temporary mothballing, this was bottled in 2000 at around nine years of age.
This is the 2010 version of Ardbeg Supernova, and no doubt will be hoping to follow on from the success of last year's edition, which scooped Scotch Whisky of the Year from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2010.
Ardbeg Supernova has been a phenomenon since the Advance Committee Release sold out in a matter of hours back in January 2009. This is the peatiest Ardbeg ever at over 100ppm. Get 'em while they're hot.
Please note this is limited to 1 bottle per customer.
Whisky Bible 2010: Scotch Whisky of the Year; Second Finest Whisky in the World; 97 points
A tad less peaty than early bottlings, the classic Ardbeg 17yo is still a great whisky, but is sadly becoming very thin on the ground as demand increases and supply runs low - it's now a good few years since owners Glenmorangie discontinued it. The first bottling of this sparked the revival of Ardbeg's fortunes after the takeover by Glenmorangie.
Please note, there is some minor damage to the boxes.
A second edition of Ardbeg 'MOR', but unlike 2007's cask-strength version, this has been bottled at 46%, as per the normal 10yo. The bottle will look pretty impressive in your living room and, when empty, will hold an awful lot of 2ps and a very big candle.
A massive 4.5 litre bottle of Ardbeg Uigeadail. Named after the loch from which all Ardbeg water flows, this is a marriage of bourbon barrel and sherry butt aged whiskies which leads to a stunning sweet and smoky whisky.