For over 200 years, Ardbeg has been made on the small, remote Scottish Isle of Islay. Some people travel to Ardbeg along the winding road from Port Ellen. Others follow their nose, their destiny or the advice of a good friend.
1815 - Ardbeg Distillery is founded. John Macdougall takes out a licence, establishing Ardbeg Distillery as a legitimate commercial concern.
1838 A new owner. Thomas Buchanan, a Glasgow spirit merchant, buys the Distillery for £1,800. John Macdougalls son Alexander continues to manage operations.
1853 Alexander Macdougall Dies. After his death, Ardbeg is co-run by Colin Hay and Macdougalls sisters, Margaret and Flora, who may rightfully be Scotlands first female distillers.
1887 Output tops 1.1 million litres a year. In his book The Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom, Alfred Barnard records that Ardbeg is producing 250,000 gallons (1.1 million litres) of whisky a year, making it the most productive distillery on Islay.
1911 The name 'Ardbeg' is registered as a trademark. The distinctive letter A is also registered to protect Ardbegs brand and reputation.
1922 Alexander Macdougall & Co Ltd buys Ardbeg for £19,000. 1977 Hiram Walker acquires Ardbeg.
1981 Production dwindles to nothing. The distillery closes with the loss of 18 jobs and a devastating effect on the local community.
1987 Allied Lyons acquires Hirna Walker and therefore Ardbeg. Two years later, small-scale distilling resumes to satisfy demand for Ardbeg from blenders.
1997 The Glenmorangie company purchases the distillery. After the second closure in 1991, the Distillery reopens in 1997. Full-time production commences, with the first bottlings comprising 17 Years Old, 1978 Vintage and Ardbeg Provenance.
1998 Ardbeg are voted distillery of the year. The Visitor Centre and Old Kiln Cafe open, attracting 3,500 visitors. Its a remarkable turnaround in only 12 short months. PLUS Ardbeg 1975 launches.
Skipping forward to 2015 and Instead of looking backwards for Ardbegs bicentenary, they looked 200 years into the future. Ardbeg Perpetuum launched, as did Dr Bills White Paper on the results of our space experiment