Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as among the peatiest and smokiest, yet most complex, of all the Islay malts. Despite its smokiness, it is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’. Ardbeg’s home is the small, remote Scottish Isle of Islay (pronounced eye-lah). Known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, Islay has an abundance of soft water, fertile soil and acres of precious peat – making it a prolific producer of distinctive, world-famous single malts.
There have been many ups and downs on Ardbeg’s two hundred year journey. It has been called “as close to perfection as makes no difference” by whisky connoisseurs. Ardbeg is revered around the world as peaty, smoky, complex single malt the Islay single malt whiskies. It is a whisky that is worshipped around the world. In the past ten years, six different Ardbeg expressions have won prestigious titles including World Whisky of the Year, Scotch Whisky of the Year and World’s Best Single Malt.