For peat lovers only. Pale straw, briny nose. On the palate, this is like a time-release smoke capsule-after a flash of sweetness, the smoke just keeps rolling on in waves. Water adds some softness and mitigates the smoke a bit. Well-constructed and classic. Good value. - K.N.
A tasty, mild single malt with lots of smokey flavor, and a reasonable price per bottle.
Amazingly delicious. Full of smoke, peat, and seaweed.
Still one of my favorites.
My favorite: lots of peat and smoke.
There are very few peated smokey single malts that I enjoy and this is one of them. Perfect with a nice hearty cigar. It has hints of almonds, tobacco and pepper seeds. Very enjoyable malt, plus the price is very fair.
The Ardbeg distillery was founded in 1815. For most of its history, Ardbeg's whisky was produced for use in blends, rather than as a single malt. Production was halted in 1981, but resumed on a limited basis in 1989 and continued at a low level through late 1996, during the period when Ardbeg was owned by Hiram Walker. The distillery was bought and reopened in 1997 by Glenmorangie plc (owned by the French company LVMH) with production resuming on June 25, 1997 and full production resuming in 1998. The distillery was reopened by Ed Dodson in 1997 and handed over to Stuart Thomson, who managed it from 1997 to 2006. Michael "Mickey" Heads, an Islay native and former manager at Jura who had worked at Ardbeg years earlier, took over on March 12, 2007.