This evening, I am posting information on Ardbeg, one of eight whisky distilleries on the island of Islay, off the West Coast of Scotland.
- Current distillery founded in 1815 by a family of MacDougalls although distilling on the Port Ellen site can be traced back to 1794.
- The name translates as ‘little height’ or promontory.
- Subsequent to its founding, the distillery underwent many changes of ownership and intermittent closures until acquired by present owner, Glenmorangie (Moet Hennessy) in 1997.
- From 2000 onwards, a range of single malts was introduced with the 10-year-old as flagship.
- Malts are predominantly heavily peated with the 10 year-old falling in the ‘smoky and light’ category
- Current capacity is 1.30m litres p.a.
- Cor product range comprises 10 year-old, Uiegedail (influenced by sherry casks) and Corryvreckan (matured in mix of ex-bourbon American oak and French new oak).
- Distillery tours are available. There is also an on-site restaurant for visitors.