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 »
A 1975 vintage single cask Ardbeg from Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series.
This was the first year of Ardbeg using large amounts of barley produced away from their maltings. Add in 27 years in a sherry cask and this is an intriguing and unusual expression of Ardbeg.
At 25 years old this whisky embodies the richness, depth and sweetness of all Ardbegs. Light gold in colour and powerful in character. A phenomenal, much-sought-after bottling of a really outstanding malt.
Samaroli is an Italian independent bottler, famed for the exceptional quality of their releases and for their arty, innovative labels and packaging. This is a rare bottling of cask strength Ardbeg 1975 from the late 1980s and should be outstanding.
An incredible 1978 Ardbeg with a fearsome reputation, bottled in 1990 by Sestante. Serge Valentin of Whiskyfun was underwhelmed and 'only' gave it 91 points - an impressive and very hard to find whisky.
A 1975 vintage single cask Ardbeg from Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series. The first year of Ardbeg using a higher proportion of barley from outside their own maltings, whiskies from this year are lighter in peat than 1974 editions.
A single cask bottling of Ardbeg whisky, distilled in 1972 and aged for 29 years. This whisky has undergone a finishing process of a minimum of 6 months in a sheryy cask, before being bottled at Douglas Laing's preferred strength of 50%.
An old Ardbeg from the days when they still ran their own on-site maltings. Bottled in 2003 by Douglas Laing for their Platinum Selection range. "Top notch again as expected" according to Serge Valentin on Whisky Fun.
A single cask release of Ardbeg 1974 for the UK market, this time a mere 132 bottles from a bourbon cask. We are told there are very few old casks left at Ardbeg for this kind of bottling, so this may be one of the last released on these shores.
A cask-strength release of Ardbeg 1974 for the UK market, bottled in 2006 from a single bourbon cask. We are told there are very few old casks left at Ardbeg for this kind of bottling, so this may be one of the last released on these shores.