Gone but not forgotten
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It's pronounced 'eye-lah'

This rare old malt whisky is the supreme expression of Ardbeg. It has been slowly matured in oak barrels for twenty-five years and is non-chill filtered to retain maximum flavour. The Lords of the Isles ruled the western isles of Scotland from their 'council isle' on Islay from the 12th to the 15th century. The celtic, norse warlord - Somerled, founder of the lordship dynasty through his three sons Dugall, Ranald and Angus was thus the progenitor of the two great clans of Macdonald and Macdougall. The Ardbeg Distillery was founded on Islay in 1815 by John Macdougall.

The Ardbeg Distillery lies on the most southerly part of Islay on the rugged, wind blown shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Of all the Islay whiskies, it is Ardbeg which stands alone as the most delicate and complex. At 25 years old this supreme 'Lord of the Isles' expression perfectly reflects Ardbeg's hallmark aromas; a peaty complexity of wood smoke, tarry rope and leather; all balanced by a delicate sweetness - a dram worthy of Somerled himself!