Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning! 96 Points The Malt Advocate.
The McDougall brothers built a distillery at Ardbeg Farm in 1798 with the help a few local farmers. They chose a site on the south-eastern shore of Islay, a few kilometres from the village Port Ellen. Ardbeg did not run a commercial business until 1815, the year Ardbeg officially was founded.
I the middle 1880s, the distillery was run successfully by two McDougall sisters. At that time, the distillery actually had 60 employees, as opposed to today's 10. In the end of the 19th century Ardbegs annual production exceeded 1 million litres of whisky.
The distillery was owned by the McDougall family until 1959, when Ardbeg Distillery Ltd was formed. In 1973, the distillery passed on to the newly formed Ardbeg Distillery Trust for £300 000. The distillery was later included in Allied Distillers together with many other distilleries. In 1981 the distillery was closed down since they believed they had enough whisky stored to be able to meet future demand. Additionally, Allied Distilleries also owned Laphroaig, which produces a similar whisky. Eighteen jobs disappeared due to the closedown. Allied Distillers decided to re-open the distillery in 1989, but it was only run at half capacity.
In 1996, Allied Distilleries decided to sell Ardbeg. There was no lack of interested parties, and the purchase finally went to Glenmorangie PLC for £7 million. Of the sum obtained from the sale, the Ardbeg brand name counted for £300 000. Glenmorangie quickly spent quite a bit of money (£1.4 million) in order to get the distillery up-and-running. The new owners realized the importance of continuing the Ardbeg craftsmanship which is so important to the whisky's flavour.
Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Brand: Ardbeg Distillery
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- SKU #: 220056