The small island of Islay, off the southwest coast of Scotland, has historically been famous as a very dangerous area for navigation and as the place where the largest number of distilleries per capita was located. This was facilitated by the fact that the island has everything necessary for the production of whiskey. Once whiskey was driven here by everyone who was not lazy. They drove and traded in smuggling, fortunately, the town of Port Ellen is nearby. There is a legend that in the 18th century every family on the island had its own moonshine. A couple of thousand people lived then on the island.
At the distillery, where in the future they will begin to produce Ardbeg, the case was staged on a professional scale (there were 21 such establishments on the island in total). However, at the beginning of the 19th century, the authorities seriously engaged in the fight against smugglers. The shop was covered. But not for long - already in 1815, a certain John MacDougall (John MacDougall) received a license and again revived the production of whiskey. Now it was no longer just a "noname" - the production received an official name - Ardbeg, by the name of the village.
|Ardbeg Blasda peat box|
Throughout its history to this day whiskey Ardbeg Made by hand and in limited quantities. No wonder it is now classified as luxury. Although there have always been connoisseurs of this specific whiskey, the distillery rarely worked even at half its capacity, or even stood idle. She periodically changed owners until in 1997 she was acquired by the company Glenmorangie plc. From that moment began the revival Ardbeg. The equipment was completely updated, but the production process was kept unchanged. Whiskey Ardbeg began to be advertised, they learned about him, he had admirers around the world. Finally, the distillery has earned at full capacity.
Whiskey in recent years Ardbeg repeatedly received praise from magazines, books and was even awarded a gold medal at the ISWC competition. But it still remains a drink for connoisseurs. The ones in the club The Ardbeg Committeewhich was founded in 1999. You can join it directly on the official website of the drink.
To date Glenmorangie plc. part of the holding LVMH.