Ah, that satisfying first sip of whisky after a long day. Imagine that (even all day long) on the remote Scottish island of Islay. Yes, you’re cordially invited for a stay at the ‘Distillery of the Year’ — so says its International Whisky Competition (IWC) second-time award. The competitions head judge declared the Ardbeg Distillery “a must for visitors” while the whisky picked up five awards at the IWC.
“We’re delighted to win Distillery of the Year’ at the IWC. We hope this prestigious award will give visitors yet another reason to come to Ardbeg– and even stay a night or two at Seaview Cottage. Whether they’re already fans, or just learning about Ardbeg, we’re sure they’ll love our untamed whisky as much as the experts do, said distillery manager Mickey Heads.
Awards aside, the whisky is a hit among connoisseurs with the smoky, sweet and rounded Ardberg An Oa. Ardberg has been rooted on Islay in Scotland for over two centuries. For an unforgettable escape from city life, guests can spend a few nights at Seaview Cottage which was once home to the distillery’s manager. A stay here is the perfect location to discover and experience Ardbeg as its best. There are a number of day-trip tours ranging from warehouse tasting of rare samples, intimate dinners, even hiking Islay’s hills with an outdoor tasting and picnic lunch. But if you’re looking for the quintessential Islay experience, grab a bit to eat at the Old Kiln Cafe and stroll along Ardbeg’s pier.