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 »
One of a clutch of legendary mid-1990s Connoisseur's Choice bottlings of Ardbegs from the mid-1970s. The integrity of the trademark Ardbeg honeyed fruity, peaty style and the intensity of flavour, even at 40%, are stunning.
A very rare 1976 vintage Ardbeg bottled for Gordon & Macphail's Connoisseurs Choice range - this is one of only two Connoisseurs Choice 1976 Ardbegs we know of and was bottled some time around the end of the 1980s.
An Italian independent bottling of Ardbeg from their legendary vintage of 1974, widely considered to be the last vintage of old true peaty Ardbeg. The maltings at the distillery closed in this year and the malt brought in was not as peaty.
An exclusive release for the Ardbeg Committee, the distillery's fan club, bottled in 2002 with no age statement. It's made up of whiskies from the 70s, 80s and 90s and was bottled at full-proof of 55.3%.
A 1974 vintage Ardbeg from Gordon & Macphail, bottled in the 1980s under their Connoisseurs Choice label in its old brown livery - we think that this might be the first Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Ardbeg from this famous vintage.
A very special old Ardbeg 10yo, unusually bottled in clear glass in the 1980s by former owners Hiram Walker. A whopping 95 points from Whiskyfun's Serge Valentin only enhanced this release's legendary status.
Please note this is limited to two bottles per customer.
The 2001 bottling for The Ardbeg Committee, Ardbeg's fan club. This one is part of a limited release matured for at least 21 years at the distillery, the youngest spirit being distilled just before its early 80s closure.
An epic Ardbeg, this is one of Douglas Laing's earlier Platinum series releases from 2004. Some old Ardbegs are sweet and fruity, but here the emphasis is very much on the smoke with the fruit and sweetness in the background. A belter.
A 1975 vintage Ardbeg from independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Platinum Selection series. Produced in the first year of Ardbeg importing large amounts of malted barley from the mainland, this is a slightly less peatier Ardbeg than one is used to.
A legendary Ardbeg, Kildalton was a one-off bottling (1300 bottles released in 2004) of some experimental unpeated and lightly peated whiskies made at the distillery in 1980. It is known that these experiments ran from 1979-81, but while a 1981 Kildalton mini appeared in the Ardbeg Peat Pack a few years ago the 1979 vintage has yet to see the light of day. Fingers crossed they haven't lost it or used it in any of their other bottlings.