Ardmore, Ardmore, Ardbeg? Caution, risk of confusion!
The distillery in question was founded in 1898 in the Highlands on the outskirts of Speyside. But: Between 1817 and 1835 there was also a distillery called Ardmore on the island of Islay. It became Lagavulin through a merger with another distillery in 1837 and is unrelated to today's Ardmore Distillery.
What does Ardmore mean? The name Ardmore comes from the Gaelic and means something like "great hill". Not to be confused with the small rise, Gaelic: Ardbeg...
Where is Ardmore? The Ardmore Distillery is located near Huntly in the eastern Highlands of Scotland and is therefore part of the Highland Whisky.
3 reasons to love Ardmore
1) Because the malt has strength and character.
2) Because Ardmore isn't Ardbeg, but it can peat too.
3) Because without Ardmore, "Teacher's" would just be a regular blend.
How does Ardmore whisky taste?
The Ardmore has a very unique character, which is rather unusual for its region: powerful, spicy and with clear smoky peat notes. A single malt as one would expect on the islands.
Our Ardmore recommendation
All friends of smoky island whiskys will enjoy the Ardmore 12 Year Old Port Wood Finish, bottled at 46%. The wonderful combination of port wine cask and peat smoke is simply amazing. A whisky with which you can defy wind and weather.
A bit of history on Ardmore
The distillery on the eastern edge of Speyside was founded in 1898 by Adam Teacher. He was the son of William Teacher, a renowned whisky dealer, who was best known for his blend "Teacher's Highland Cream", which is still successful today. Adam Teacher did not live to see the completion of the distillery, he died before the first whisky ran out of the pot stills.
In 1955 the capacity was expanded from two to four, and in 1974 to eight stills.
In 1976, Allied Distillers took over William Teacher & Sons and with it the Ardmore Distillery. In the course of this, the company's own malthouse was shut down.
In 2005 Allied and the Ardmore Distillery went to Pernod Ricard. In order to meet the requirements of the cartel office, they had to part with Ardmore. The distillery then went to Beam Global Spirits & Wine, a subsidiary of the American Fortune Brands.
Since Beam Global was taken over by the Japanese Suntory Group in January 2014, Ardmore has also belonged to Suntory.
Ardmore's single malt continues to be a key part of the successful Blends Teacher's.
Ardmore Facts & Figures
Address: Kennethmont by Huntly, Aberdeenshire, AB54 4NH
Founded: 1898 by Adam Teacher
Owner: Beam Global Spirits & Wine (Suntory)
Capacity: approx. 5,200,000 liters
4 wash stills (15,000)
4 spirit stills (15,000 l)
Water: Knockandy Hill Springs
Visitor Centre: Yes
Telephone: +44 (0)1464 - 831213