||Owning Company: Glenmorangie
Production Status: Operational
Water Source: Lochs Arinambeast and Uigedale
Location: South Coast of Islay
Expressions: 10, 17
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Situated on the south coast of Islay, Ardbeg was famous as a hideout for smugglers who had to make themselves scarce after their cache was discovered by the Excise men in the late 18th century.
The origins of Ardbeg Distillery date as far back as 1794. John MacDougall established the present distillery in 1815, which was fully operational by 1817. The famous whisky historian Alfred Barnard reported in "The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom" that yearly production was about 500 gallons by 1835, although by the time of his visit to Ardbeg in 1886 this had risen to a substantial 250,000 gallons.
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