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Where is Ardbeg Matured?

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@RianC
RianC started a discussion

Been thinking about this for a few days now for the simple reason that when thinking about my favourite Scots whiskys they all seem to house barrels in dunnage warehouses. However, I can't seem to get any on line info. about Ardbeg.

My guess is they may have a small old style warehouse on site but send most to the mainland to warehouse/rack type places.

I'd bet there are a few on here more clued up than me on this subject . . .

Thanks

5 years ago

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@Hewie
Hewie replied

That's quite interesting. I tried to find out via the net and everything seems to suggest it's all matured on site. However, they are part of the Glenmorangie Company, who in turn are owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy - who have the resources on the mainland for storage of the types of quantities they must be producing. The only things of interest I found were whiskyforeveryone.com/whisky_distilleries… "The distillery continues to grow and will shortly have a new warehouse facility on the island allowing all whisky produced to be stored on the island for the first time in its history. Up to this time some whisky has been matured on mainland Scotland due to lack of space." I'm not sure how long ago that page was produced. The only other interesting tit bit I found was on a Master of Malt page talking about the construction of An Oa by Brendan McCarron, who it states is head of maturing whisky stocks at the Glenmorangie Company. It says that "he’s responsible for every cask of whisky maturing in Ardbeg and Glenmorangie’s warehouses – but admits he spends most of his time sampling new-make spirit and working on spirit-led innovations". masterofmalt.com/blog/post/… Does that imply that he splits his time between the two locations or that samples are brought to him or that some stock from both distilleries are matured in the same location? If it's the latter then it seems to be a closely guarded secret ha ha.

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Wierdo replied

I'm sure I've heard Ralfy mention before that Ardbeg is not matured on Islay and is shipped to the mainland shortly after production. But I could be mistaken by that.

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RikS replied

"Ardbeg is one of the only Scottish distilleries who use a purifier, which leads to a smoother spirit"

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@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@RikS what do they mean by a purifier.

I would call Ardbeg many things, but smooth is not the first thing that comes to mind.

5 years ago 0

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@Nozinan the info on the back of my Ardbeg 10 box states (among other things) "The unusual spirit still with its purifier, the only one of its kind on Islay, is what many believe contributes to this balance and complexity, making Ardbeg the malt to which all others aspire.......truly the Ultimate Islay Malt."

5 years ago 0

RikS replied

@Nozinan @Hewie i have no idea what it is. Though you guys might know....

5 years ago 0

@Hewie
Hewie replied

@RikS it is essentially an add on to the lyne arm of the still so as to increase the amount of reflex that occurs. However, my scientific background suggests that more reflux = lighter, cleaner spirit rather than more complex. Oh well. Here's a photo (off Google images) which matches the drawing on the back of the Ardbeg 10 box.

5 years ago 0

@Hewie
Hewie replied

Sorry, @RianC we've gone off topic here. This is from the following page "Two features of the spirit still are worthy of note. The first is a band of imitation rivets encircling its neck. The still it replaced had the neck and body joined together by rivets, and when the replacement was ordered, the imitation band of rivets was specified to ensure the new still matched the old as closely as possible to ensure continuity of character of the spirit it produced. The second is a tube, complete with U-bend, which descends from the lyne arm back into the still. This "purifier" recirculates some of what emerges from the still and effectively means that Ardbeg is two-and-a-half times distilled." undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/islay/… Now, where have we heard about spirit being two and a half times distilled before? ha ha Now here is a useful article about the use of purifiers - good reading! daveswhiskyreviews.com/2017/03/…

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@RianC
RianC replied

@Hewie - Don't apologise, it's all good stuff! I'd say I find Ardbeg quite a clean and light spirit - light in 'form' as Ralfy would say, not in flavour, mind! It's also unusual for me in that it has a distinct lime profile as apposed to lemon, if that makes sense?

I may have to open a 10 tonight to double check . . .

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