Ardbeg Distillery located on the south coast of Islay and founded by McDougall family in 1815 has gone through two silent periods since 1981 to1989 and 1996-1997. Fortunately, they were bought by Glenmorangie PLC in 1997. However, in 2004, both Ardbeg and Glenmorangie were acquired by French fashion label and drinks group - Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH). In February 2018, Ardbeg doubled its capacity. While most of its core expressions are non-aged, it does occasionally release aged bottlings.