Ardbeg 10 Year Old70cl / 46%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
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.
111 Customer Reviews
If you are a fan of peaty / smoky whisky and you haven''t tried this - you''ve not lived . Just delicious and in my opinion you will not find a better islay malt at this price . If I could only have one bottle in the house - this would be it . Sensational.
A very nice Islay scotch, one of the big three peat monsters. Whereas Laphroaig is brutal and Lagavulin is deep and brooding, Ardbeg was more complex and sweet. Of course, the peat and smoke are there in spades - huge waves of smoke in fact - but there is also a curious pronounced sweetness that swirls itself around the massive peaty smoke vapours. Taste-wise, there''s a hint of liquorice sweetness on the finish, preceded by big peat, campfire, cured meat and honey flavours. A big dram, though not as imposing as I thought it would be. I found Talisker 10 to be a much wilder and more rugged scotch, but this one has a certain charm to it. I prefer Lagavulin and Talisker when it comes to smoky scotch, but this is a really good dram.
I must confess i was afraid of trying it after reading lots of reviews and being a beginner (just tried the glenlivet 18, glenmorangies, balveni 12, glenlivet 12, glenfiddich 12 and jonnhy walkers). Man this is just fantastic as it is told. I found it less smoked and lighter than it is said and extremely complex. I was eager to have a second try in the day after. So many flavours! Try it late at night, choose your favorite sound and study it. I read about it being misfit in hot countries. Forget it. This is a top one and worth wherever you may live. And what a finish it has! It is endless! Do not die before you try.
First Ardbeg whisky I tried and I have to say it blew my mind. Immense smoky taste. Could not recommend more.
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Very impressive! hard to imagine how big smoke/peat could be so balanced and refined and yet have some complexity. Palate fully fulfils nose expectations. Smoke/peat elegantly enveloped with sweetness. Sweetness is considerably more then half of circle one above. The value for price is fantastic!
This is my Favourite Whiskey for the price! This was my wedding day whiskey having shortlisted a fair few. I''m not going to get into too much detail but if you haven''t tried this yet.. well .. you just have to. Near perfect dram from islay.
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.