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.