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Ardbeg is the best distillery for heavily peat smoked scotches. Ardbeg first started commercial production in 1815. It ran until it was shut down in 1982 because of decreased demand for Scotch. It was purchased by Hiram Walker and reopened for small scale production in 1989. Hiram Walker also owned Laphroaig and ended up deciding to sell off Ardbeg to focus on its other Islay distillery. It was shut down for about a year until Glenmorangie purchased it and resumed production in 1997. It has seen gone on to see substantial success and receives much praise from fans of heavily peated scotches.
I would recommend against trying Ardbeg as a first peat smoked Scotch. You need to work up to this level of peat.
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