Ardmore distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky producer, located in the village of Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire. The distillery is owned and operated by Beam Suntory, an American subsidiary of Suntory Holdings of Japan. The distillery was built in 1898 by William Teacher's son, Adam, to secure malt for their blend, Teacher's Highland Cream (of which it remains the principal component). Two stills were added in 1955, and four more in 1974, for a total of eight. The distillery had its own maltings until the mid-1970s, and its own cooperage until the late 1980s. Until early 2001 it used coal to fire the stills.
Ardmore Traditional Cask was the distillery's only official release for many years, but was replaced by Ardmore Legacy in 2014 - both of which were never available in SA. The official range has expanded slightly over the last decade but are still not widely available. Due to it's predominant use as a malt component in blends, Ardmore is generally easier to find as independent bottler releases.
For more information, visit the Ardmore Distillery website.