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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Ardbeg Distillery Profile



So, I've chosen Ardbeg distillery for my first distillery profile, for two reasons. One, because it starts with 'A', which seems logical, and two, because it is one of my favourites. 

Distillery Location: South Coast, Islay, Scotland

Owner: LVMH

Producing since: 1815 (commercially)

General Whisky Style: Heavily peated, un-chill-filtered, 46% abv.



As you can see from the map, Islay is well-endowed with whisky distilleries, yet they all manage to be distinctly different, even those right next to each other are easily distinguished by the whisky enthusiast. Ardbeg is a very popular one, with the 'Ardbeg Committee' membership program, and an annual 'Ardbeg Day' in May each year, supported by events worldwide, and the release of a special bottling, usually with a different distilling or ageing technique to the 'standard' offerings. While Ardbeg generally produces a heavily peated whisky, there is usually a vanilla sweetness complimenting the peat and smoke, which is delightful.

See here for some of Ardbeg's bottlings

-Thanks to wikipedia for the images-