Ardbeg Distillery (Scottish Gaelic: Taigh-staile na h-Àirde Bige) is a Scotch whisky distillery in Ardbeg on the south coast of the isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The distillery uses malted barley sourced from the maltings in Port Ellen. Began in 1815, founded by John Macdougall where he obtained license establishing Ardberg Distillery as legitimate commercial concern. By 1887, Ardberg was producing 250,000 gallons (1.1 million liters) of whisky a year, making them most productive distillery on Islay.
Ardbeg are known to be one of the Islay's sweetest. It is this combination of rich sooty/tarry smoke with a citric sweet core which gives it its balance.
The distillery is now owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, winning many whisky awards in the course history.
2008 - World Whisky of the Year.
2009- World Whisky of the Year.