On the Isle of Islay, there's no rush, so sit back, wherever you are in the world, and enjoy the Ultimate Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky. This ripening Ardbeg, distilled in 1998 and first bottled in 2004, is now released, ready to make its way in the world as we follow the peaty path to Ardbeg 10 Years Old. Bottled in 2007, Almost There is the third and final limited release with an intriguing nose of peat bogs, pine cones and birch tar, interlaced with the sweetness of fudge and caramel toffees and just a tang of salt. Another happy event from Ardbeg.
Follow your nose along the famous road from Port Ellen and you will eventually come to the most welcoming distillery on the island. Ardbeg's white-washed walls can be found nestling in a rocky cove on Islay's southern tip. Who would believe that back in 1981, the distillery fell silent and was mothballed, with only very small scale distilling resuming in 1989. Between 1990 and 1996, it opened and closed with monotonous regularity, before finally closing, seemingly for good, in 1996.
Fortunately in 1997, to the delight of fans all over the world Glenmorangie plc rescued Ardbeg, and a team of dedicated souls set about repairing and reviving the distillery (not to mention repainting it!).