Ardbeg 10 Year Old70cl / 46%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
For peat lovers, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is probably the highest-quality 'entry-level' single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay connoisseurs would choose as their favourite. A whirlwind of peat and complex malty flavours.
Whisky Bible Awards 2012: Best Single Malt Scotch of the Year, 10 Years and Under
- Liquorice root
Ardbeg 10 Year Old Reviews
Tasting Notes by Tim F
Nose: Sweet peat, coal, Caramac bars, a faint floral soapy note, pepper and chilli.
Palate: Very soft, mellow entry, then the spices and peat come through in a big way. Powerful, but with a balancing sweetness. Great length.
Finish: Long and warming, with the smoke and pepper lasting longest.
Comment: It's easy to see why this is so popular – spicy, sweet, and above all, smoky. A great dram, well balanced, and with a lot going on.
Producer's Tasting Notes
Nose: Exceptional balance and depth. At full strength, the aroma is a seductive mix of toffee and chocolate sweetness, cinnamon spice and medicinal phenols. Fresh citrus and floral notes of white wine are evident as are melon, pear drops, general creaminess, fresh phenolic aroma of seaspray (iodine) and smoked fish. Hickory and coffee emerge later as the most volatile top notes fade.
Taste: An initial moderate and clean sweetness is rapidly followed by a mouthful of deep peat notes, with tobacco smoke and strong espresso coffee, which then gives way to treacle sweetness and liquorice. The mouthfeel is firstly lightly spiced (astringent), then chewing, mouthwatering, full and finally dry.
Finish: Long and smoky. A smoky sweetness is left on the palate, with a crushed peat and sweet malted cereal character.
104 Customer Reviews
Just simply one of the best peated malts in existence! Nice light sweet flavour followed up with a bit of menthol, liquorice and brine. Then an explosion of delicious peat with a finish that never ends. Excellent!
very rich and complex, someky but not overly so, however it can sometimes taste a little too medicinal when you first open the bottle
Amazing. Its pale colour belies the wonderful flavours lurking beneath. A bit more pricey than glenmorangie 10 and glenfiddich/Glenlivet 12, but worth the extra expense.
An exeptional malt, smokey and very drinkable. It never dissappoints. It also has an exeptionaly long, lingering and warming finish. I''ve allready tasted laphroaig 10 and the coal ila 10, but never was I as satisfied as when i finished and dram of Ardbeg 10 and exhaled through the nose savouring the warm smokiness that quiets everything down. An exellent choice for the price.
This is so consistent and is everything I look for in a single malt from Islay. Complexity, peat, smoke, zest and briny sea air. Still my favourite every day dram.
I''m a big fan of Islay whiskies, especially Laphroaig and Lagavulin, but I found this one a little harsh on the palate. Too much peat and smoke for my taste and with an antiseptic aftertaste.
Very smoky with a touch of sweetness and I found a strong tobacco finish which were all good points, however I wasn''t keen on what I got as an underlying taste similar to antiseptic.
I ordered a tot at a wedding bar, it was the only single malt available. It wasn''t to my taste, far too peaty and left a strong smokey after taste for some time afterwards. As they say....horses for course!
one of my favorite
Quite simply one of the best bottles I''ve ever had in the house. So very drinkable, with a gentle start and soft mouthfeel before the length of the drink comes though with sweet and spice until the very end.