Ardbeg Distillery

- Ardbeg, Scotland

About Ardbeg Distillery

Ardbeg Distillery, located on the northwest coast of the Isle of Islay, produces heavily peated Scotch whisky. The distillery, whose name means “The Small Promontory” in Gaelic, was established in 1798 and began commercial production in 1815. It is currently owned by LVMH.

For most of its history, Ardbeg produced whisky primarily for blends. By 1886, it was producing 300,000 gallons annually and employed 60 workers. Production was halted in 1981, partially resumed in 1989, and fully recommenced in 1997 after Glenmorangie purchased the distillery. Glenmorangie was later acquired by LVMH in 2004. 

Ardbeg made headlines in July 2022 by selling a 1975 cask to a private collector for £16 million, setting a new record for the highest price ever paid for a cask of whisky. The distillery produces approximately 1.4 million litres of spirit annually with just two pot stills. A new still house, under construction since 2018, aims to double this capacity. 

Ardbeg Whisky Cask Ownership - The Facts

Founded: 1815
Region: Islay
Distillery Status: Working
Water Source: Loch Uigeadail

Ardbeg is a renowned distillery located in Scotland with a rich heritage in producing fine whiskies. The rarity and quality of their products makes them desirable to collectors and enthusiasts, only increasing their value over time.

Whisky typically gains value as it ages and matures in the cask. The longer it remains in the cask, the more it has the potential to develop complexity and depth of flavors. We offer cask purchase programs that allow you to select the type of cask and aging duration, providing you with control over the maturation process.

Buying a cask allows you to own a unique piece of Bladnoch’s Kirkcowan Spirit production and a part of Bladnoch’s history. As the availability of aged and limited-edition whiskies decreases over time, the scarcity of these bottles can drive up their value.

Whisky has experienced growing popularity worldwide, particularly with the rise of collectors and investors seeking alternative assets. If the demand for premium Scotch whisky remains strong or continues to increase, it could positively impact the investment potential of your Kirkcowan Spirit (Bladnoch) cask. Recently we have seen the price of a standard bottle of Bladnoch rise from £40 to £80.

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