Single malts at Ardbeg Distillery, Islay, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on Ardbeg, one of eight whisky distilleries on the island of Islay, off the West Coast of Scotland.

Ardbeg Distillery, Islay, Scotland.

Summary information:

  • 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.

Ardbeg Distillery with corporate logo.

Whisky casks at Ardbeg Distillery, Islay.

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