`Latest update: May 20th 2015
ARDBEG DISTILLERY PICTURES
Back after a long time, sadly enough there was no time for a tour of the distillery, but it was good to see the distillery still in great shape.
ARDBEG DISTILLERY 2011
The pictures in the slide show at the left, were taken by Frans Brouwer – The Whisky Friend, and his travelling companion Hennie van Staden. The pictures are used with kind permission from him.
ARDBEG DISTILLERY VISIT 2005
Following the road from Port Ellen, you will pass Laphroaig and Lagavulin, to finally end up at Ardbeg. The distillery was part of Seagram’s and later Allied Distillers and hardly in use, since the preferred to run Laphroaig distillery. In 1997 the distillery was sold to Glenmorangie, who put a lot of work into the distillery and started production again.
When you arrive at the distillery you notice the old still that was replaced in 2001. Although the typical kiln roof is still in place, Ardbeg does not malt their own barley. Instead the old kiln houses a shop and restaurant, carrying the appropriate name “The Old Kiln”. The Old Kiln serves great homemade food, and is very popular by visitors.
When touring the distillery, one of the first things you will see are the malt bins. The old wooden bins are not used anymore, but look impressive. In the steel bins Ardbeg can keep up to 70 tonnes of malt. From the malt bins, the malt is brought to the mill, a Boby mill from 1881. Next the malt goes to the mashtun, 4.5 tonnes semi-Lauter mashtun, made out of stainless steel. Ardbeg has six Oregon pine washbacks of each 23,500 litres. To clean the washbacks steam is used. The still house houses 2 stills. One wash still, built in 1974 with a capacity of 18,279 litres. The spirit still, was built in 2001 and has a capacity of 16,957 litres. Nice feature on the spirit still in the purifier, which returns heavier alcohols back into the spirit still. As in most distilleries, state of the art machinery (measuring stick) is used to measure how much spirit there is in the tanks. Ardbeg uses mainly bourbon casks, which they receive from Jack Daniels. Ardbeg has 3 dunnage and 2 racked warehouses to house their whiskies.
ARDBEG DISTILLERY VISIT 2004