Ardbeg Distillery


Ardbeg Distillery

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.


Ardbeg Tasting Notes

  • Color: bright gold.
  • Nose: balanced, deep. Phenolic, peaty and smoky, the first nose is also chocolate. It develops on the candied fruit (lemon, grapefruit) and iodized notes and camphor. Marked by the spray and smoked fish, it says more islander his temperament. Aromas of roasting (roasted coffee, tobacco) are the highlight.
  • Taste: strong, fierce. Its first attack is spicy (black pepper, clove) before the smoke and ash impose their flavors. Finely liquorice, the mid-palate becomes more earthy and saline. Mineral (chalk), it returns to fresh fruit (pear, apple) and citrus (lemon). The finish is lactic (agave) and floral (lily, iris).
  • Finish: long, ashy. Of freshly cut grass and spearmint demonstrate its herbaceous character. Then the roots of the gentian and ginger fall deep into the soil of Islay. The retro olfaction is shared between peat, smoke and white fruits. Empty glass is Empyreumatic (bitumen, eucalyptus).

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