Ardbeg Distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery on the south coast of the isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, in the Inner Hebrides group of islands. The distillery claims to produce the peatiest Islay whisky and uses malted barley sourced from the maltings in Port Ellen. It is one of the fastest growing Islay distilleries.
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 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.
The Ardbeg Committee was established in 1999 to "promote the advancement of general knowledge and enjoyment of Ardbeg". Ardbeg-aficionados can join the Committee on Ardbeg's website. Special bottlings can sometimes be obtained by members of the committee. It is not possible to have these special bottlings shipped to the US or Canada.