Ardbeg was founded in 1815, and trademarked nearly 100 years later in 1911. While it achieved early success and popularity, Ardbeg hit a roadblock in 1991 and had to close its doors. Fortunately, Glenmorangie bought the distillery in 1997 and within a year Ardbeg was voted distillery of the year.
In 2000 they launched a committee to ensure the distillery never again closes its doors. Good thing, too, because Ardbeg 10 was voted World Whisky of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010!
- Ardbeg 10 Nose: Thick mossy peat and rich thick moss smoke too. Something a bit spicy and green. A hint of smoked meat.
- Ardbeg Nose with Water: The strong peat is somewhat diminished, but the overall complexity is increased. Stronger green moss and wet wood. Bacon or smoked venison. A bit of sea salt, but the iodine is gone.