Ardbeg malts.

Single malts at Ardbeg Distillery, Islay, Scotland.

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

In response to the growing global demand for Scotch whisky there are plans to double the number of stills at Ardbeg to four, an expansion which will lift production capacity to 2.4m litres p.a. A planning application has been submitted with intention that work will commence in 2019.

(To put this increase in perspective, the capacity at Glenfiddich is about 14.0m litres p.a.)

Ardbeg Distillery

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 in 1997. Both Glenmorangie and Ardbeg have been owned by luxury brand owner, LVMH since 2004.
  • 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.
  • Core 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.
  • Location is 3.5 miles east of Port Ellen.

Ardbeg Distillery with corporate logo

Whisky Casks at Ardbeg Distillery, Islay.

Ardbeg Single Malts