Ardbeg Whisky

Although its long-held claim to the crown as Islay’s smokiest whisky may be over, Ardbeg Distillery still undoubtedly produces one of the peatiest and also sweetest whiskies to hail from the Queen of the Hebrides.

Heavily plated malt from Port Ellen, combined with long fermentation times, and use of a purifier pipe combine to produce a whisky that is at once citrus sweet and clean, oily in texture, and bursting with tarry smoke flavour. Located on Islay’s southern coast, the distillery was founded in 1815; it was intermittently mothballed from 1981 to 1989, then again in 1996, before being rescued by Glenmorangie and going on to gain cult status.