Ardbeg Distillery (Scottish Gaelic: Àirde Beaga (Little Height)) is a whisky distillery on the south shore of the Island of Islay ( Scotland) near Port Ellen , currently owned by Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton .
Located a few kilometers from the beautiful Celtic Cross Kildalton, Ardbeg is the last of the “Kildalton distilleries.” Like Laphroaig and Lagavulin, it is exposed to fierce winter storms on the south coast of the island. Belonging to the heavyweight division with a high level of phenols in the malt (Ardbeg was long the most peaty Islay malts), its barrel aging in the cellars adjacent to the sea, absorbing very iodized air.Since 1997 , the distillery belongs to “Glenmorangie plc” (a company controlled by group LVMH and Diageo ) and employs fifteen people. Since this acquisition , the distillery is the most flourishing of the island. Until 2003 , the buyer had made investments of more than £3.5 million to renovate the distillery .
In 2007 , the taster Jim Murray refers to the production “Ardbeg 10 Years Old” as “2008 World Whisky of the Year” (Whisky 2008). Which helps draw attention to the distillery. According to Murray, “Arbeg is – and always has-been – The Most complex malt on earth” .
In 2008 , the same taster gives the same title – “2009 World Whisky of the Year” (Whisky 2009) – the “Uigeadail” version of Ardbeg .
In 2009 , the new edition of “World Whisky Awards 2010” Jim Murray awarded the titles of “2010 Second Finest Whisky in the World”, “2010 Scotch Whisky of the Year” version Ardbeg Supernova (which displays a rate of peat record of more than 100 ppm) and “2010 Single Malt of the Year” version Ardbeg Corryvreckan.
In 2013 , the new edition of “World Whisky Awards 2012” was awarded the title of “2012 Single Malt of the Year” version Ardbeg Galileo.
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