Ardbeg prides itself on being the ‘Ultimate Islay Malt Whisky’ and was voted Scotch Whisky of the Year three years in a row by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Ardbeg was also awarded 'World Whisky of the Year' by Whisky Magazine at the 2013 'Icons of Whisky' awards.
Established in 1815, Ardbeg is revered by connoisseurs around the world as the peatiest, smokiest and most complex of all the Islay malts. Despite its smokiness, Ardbeg is renowned for its delicious sweetness, a phenomenon that has affectionately become known as ‘the peaty paradox’.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Ardbeg suffered from an uncertain future and it was not until the brand was purchased by The Glenmorangie Company in 1997 that the Distillery was saved from extinction. Since then, the Distillery has risen like a phoenix and today Ardbeg is well established as a niche, cult malt, with a passionate following. The future of the Distillery was safeguarded by the formation of ‘The Ardbeg Committee’ in 2000 with thousands of Ardbeg followers across the globe keen to ensure that "the doors of Ardbeg never close again." Today there are 85,000 members in over 130 countries.