Third stop (and 2nd tour) on Islay – Ardbeg distillery. I enjoy their Ardbeg 10 and Uigeadail whiskies a lot, have a couple of their bottles at home and was very happy to finally arrive there and tour the distillery.
But first stop at Old Kiln Cafe – the famous Distillery cafe residing in the old Ardbeg Kiln house for some recovery and stomach lining and then to very crowded tour (good thing I pre-booked it!).
The tour was great and our guide was fantastic – full of knowledge, tidbits, anecdotes and jokes, making it a very entertaining an funny tour.
I’ll spare you the regular tour stuff about distillation steps and instead, take a few pictures (captions included):
After the great tour, we went back to the Visitors Center/Coffee to have a closing dram. We got snuck into a ‘secret room’ (also known as the back room) for tasting. The room itself is small and the display wall is magnificent:
We then could choose between a couple of drams (All of the OB standard bottlings) and I went for Ardbeg Blasda (first time!), their less peated whisky.
And so ended our first day on Islay – we went to look for our B&B and crash down after a day that started with 5am wake up call and prepare for the next day on Islay.
Distillery In a nutshell
Owners: LVMH group
Location: Port Ellen, Islay
Water source: Loch Arinambeast & Loch Uigedale
Stills: 1 Wash still, 1 Spirit still
Capacity (yearly): 1,100,000 liter
Tour in a nutshell
Tours availability: Winter: at 15:30, Otherwise: 12:00 & 15:30
Cost of tour: £5
Length of tour: 1 hour
Distillery Exclusive bottles: None
Food: Old Kiln Cafe