Ardbeg is one of my favourite whiskies and distilleries. The current distillery dates back to 1815 but there have been records of legal distilleries on the same site since 1794. Ardbeg was closed in the 1980’s when it belonged to Allied Domecq, who also owned Laphroaig. In 1990 they started to run the distillery for a few months each year to get filling for the blend Ballantines. The distillery was run on a wing and a prayer by the then assistant Manager of Laphroaig Micky Heads. Today Micky is Ardbeg’s Distillery Manager and one of the World’s best distillers. In 1997 the distillery was sold to the Glenmorangie Company for £7.1m, including stock. They had to spend at least the same amount again to update the distillery. The distillery is today really doing well with a lot more attention to detail and much better wood policy
This Uigeadail has some older sherry cask matured whisky in the bottling as well as some younger ex-bourbon cask whisky. The dark European oak gives it a richer colour and flavour - chocolate and peat - Awarded 2009 Best Whisky from Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible. Also its one of my personnel favourites ( May be my favourite but the research is still ongoing).