The Ardbeg Project, as a website, is the work of Tim Puett (Ardbeg Committee Member 39321), a Northern California native who discovered the complexities of a great Single Malt Scotch Whisky in 2005.
The Ardbeg Project, as a concept, is and will be the work of many dedicated whisky fans, which is why this section is called, About Us. Several people and organizations have contributed immeasurably to The Ardbeg Project, and without those contributions, The Ardbeg Project would simply not exist.
The following is a list of contributors to The Ardbeg Project.
Thanks to all the folks at Ardbeg, both the distillery and head office, for making the greatest whisky in the world. In addition, the work of the folks at the Ardbeg Distillery and the foresight of those at Glenmorangie plc are the reason this site is here for all of you. Here are just a few people that I have met and shared their time and knowledge with me. In no particular order, these folks have either been employeed, or are still employed, with Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, MHUSA and/or marketing partners, and have unselfishly shared their time with me.
- Jackie Thomson | Mickey Heads | Hamish Torrie | Iain Russell | Dr. Bill Lumsden
- Geraud Leclerq | Brendan McCarron | David Blackmore | Travis Tidwell | Gregor Mina
- Paul Skipworth | Rachel Barrie | Mark Harvey | Sheila Hackbarth | Dorothy Bakker Lee
- Mark Dennis | Ben Foster | Damien McGhan
As of September 2019, Iain Russell works with The Glenmorangie Company as the Brands Heritage Manager. He has been a fantastic friend and confidant not only with Ardbeg, but more importantly about whisky history in general. He is a supremely knowledge historian, and I am lucky to have met him in my travels.
The incredible amount of information that I was able to find on Thomas Kruger's "Whisky Auction" website is what got me started in the first place.
The foundation of my BETA project was created by searching through all of the archived auctions and pictures. They have also graciously approved the use of their pictures for reference on this site, and I am very thankful to Mr. Kruger for his permission.
Geert has contributed to this project in the following ways.
- The Single Cask information would not be complete without his help.
- He confirmed many of the label and box varieties from the European and Asian releases.
- He "proofread" the BETA project, helping considerably with this organization since the inception.
Many thanks to Geert for his help and support, and don't forget to check out his collection at www.ardbeg.eu.
Gordon Homer, who previously maintained the "Spirit of Islay" website, provided a great deal of information in the beginning of my "research". Such as:
- Almost all of the Committee Bottle details prior to the Corryvreckan.
- All of the bottle codes from his inventory of Ardbeg's.
- Loads of information on virtually all of the General Releases, Special Releases, Path to Peaty Maturity and Vintages.
I may have missed many of his other contributions, but suffice it to say that his help was invaluable for the creation of this site.
THE PLOWED SOCIETY
The fellas from PLOWED have taken this "whisky thing" to a whole new level. Thanks to those who I've met or chatted with online.
- Mikey - Mac 30 it is...
- Steffen - i've only had 20 whiskies.
- Marty - no s'tampling.
- Ganga - rose Ardbeg for a 'fiddich 30?
- Alan - oh those dumpy's!
- Tom - lip the local barley!
- Dr. Entropy - long live the HDI!
- Mercer - Cape Cod or bust!
- Todd - the Malt killa!
- Davin - the Canadian master!!!
- Blackeno - Long (live the) row!
- Mark - long live the doorman!
- Mike - Borat's got nothin' on you.
- D-Rock - let the music play.
- FX - the 1977 at Ganga's was epic.
- Uhde - shhhh, no one can ever know.
- Richard - my, that's a nice watch you have!
- Hoover - always finds great Sig's.
- Geo Jet - Oh myyyyyyyy!
- Jerry - where are those Duty Free 17's?
Without the whiskymag.com forums, I never would have made it to this point. I met many people on the forums, and the amount of knowledge the forum members share with beginners is invaluable. I'd especially like to thank, in random order, these whiskymag forum members:
- mikeymad - I couldn't have met a better "mentor" to guide me along this Malt craziness.
- ganga - One of the best guys to chat and dram with online.
- macdeffe - He knows how to organize a Scotland trip.
- diblasi - who would known a guy living in Norway was from my hood?
- les taylor - I owe this man "big-time" for his help with my Ardbeg quest. Truly one-of-a-kind, and his insight is tremendous!
- Ryguy - Same league as ganga. He has great malt enthusiasm!
- Collector57 - A true gentleman! He is responsible for letting me sample LOTI and one of my favorite malts to date, SMWS 119.1, a shockingly great Yamazaki.
- laphroaigaficionado - His Laphroaig website got me thinking of doing one here, and he has helped a ton with my Ardbeg "problem".
- peatjunkie - See Geert Bero above.
- Spirit of Islay - See Gordon Homer above.
- bcrossan - Great guy, and he helped a bunch with my TEN search.
- Yellowjacket - He got me kickstarted on bottle codes.
- Knolly - "Canadian Uigeadail" master!
- Sherried Malt - He definitely helped a friend in need.
- r900p - His collecting enthusiasm was contagious.
I probably left many out, but I'll add them as I remember. Thanks to all!
Here is a short breakdown of my picture sources.
- The majority of bottle pictures/images are from Thomas Krüger's Whisky Auction website, and I wouldn't have been able to provide much of the information or reference on this site without his permission.
- Some of the small pictures on the main bottles page came from the Ardbeg Shop, and I had to photoshop all of the older bottles to keep the same background. The original pics put on the common background are mostly from Thomas Krüger's site as well.
- The Whisky Exchange has been gracious enough to give consent for using images from their website.
- La Maison du Whisky is also referenced here for some images, and they have confirmed some of my information on LMDW exclusive releases.
- Whisky-Online.com has given permission to use images, and Wayne's Ardbeg insight will be highly appreciated.
- Some pictures of the harder to find old Ardbeg's come from Giuseppe Begnoni's Whisky Paradise website, and he was kind enough to grant permission for use of those images.
- Lothar Langer has granted permission to use pictures of more tough to find Ardbeg's from his Whisky-Raritaeten website.
- I have some pictures from Royal Mile Whiskies as well, but I have not received a response yet from them.
- Mike Sharples at Abbey Whisky has given permission to use selected pictures, and those are referenced as well.
- I have tried to make sure that all pictures belonging to other people, websites or companies have proper reference in the lower left hand portion of the image. Any copyright placed within the bottle design or label has been placed there either by the owner or by request of the owner of said picture.
- Some of the various other pictures came from Internet searches, and due to the large number of sites with common pictures, it is too hard for me to give proper origin.
- If you see a picture here you want to use on your site, you'll have to get permission from the owner, who reserves all rights for use of those pictures. If you want to use any that have "ArdbegProject.com" as the owner, just ask. I have no problems if you just let me know.
- Any images that reference this site were taken by me or a contributor who wanted to remain anonymous.