One of the world’s most famous peated single malts, Ardbeg distillery hails from the Island of Islay. Founded in 1815 this distillery would grow to become the centrepiece of the surrounding community. During this period the demand for blended whiskies had increased dramatically, and Ardbeg was a popular choice due to its peaty taste.
However, between the 1920s up until the 1960s the distillery changed ownership and closed multiple times. After a brief decade of producing whisky the distillery once again was mothballed.
However, the Ardbeg distillery became a legend, its single malt casks and bottles becoming highly sought after by collectors. Thus when Glenmorangie bought the site and announced that the distillery would reopen in 1997, whisky enthusiasts the world over celebrated. Further down the line Glenmorangie would come to be folded into Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy’s brand portfolio. Along with this acquisition came increased investment in the distillery further building out its capacity and with various award winning releases.
As a side note, Ardbeg was the first whisky to be matured in space, with 20 vials of Ardbeg spirit and wood particles being brought aboard the International Space Station in 2011.