Ardbeg 10 Year Old70cl / 46%
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
For peat-lovers, Ardbeg 10yo 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, this is an exuberant, in-your-face whisky to be cherished.
Whisky Bible Awards 2012: Best Single Malt Scotch of the Year, 10 Years and Under
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.
95 Customer Reviews
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.
One of my favourite go to drinks. Lovely peaty smoky taste but not at all harsh or difficult to drink.
Excellent and very flavoury
Happy Happy! As a loyal Laphroaig enthusiast, a friend had suggested a new adventure.... Felt compelled to sample this, with Sunday brunch. It worked. Still grinning.
Travelling abroad he return journeys were lifted by our in flight whisky. We tried many. It took some time and a little wisdom from others to have a first taste of Ardbeg. Not sweet, and thats great, No taste of wine or other barrel effects. A real beauty of a dram.I always have a bottle now, and prefer it to others that I have tasted.
It's smooth and quite consistently peated, even if not very complex but with quite long taste persistence. It's a great deal for it's price. For this price is quite similar quality as Caol Ila. Just for peat lovers.
This is an exceptionally smokey whisky. A bit too smokey I think, you can almost taste the wood. I like my whisky cold and add ice rather than stones or anything of the sort and if you allow the ice to almost completely melt and the whisky is given 10 mins or so to breathe it turns in to a rather nice dram with a nice gentle smokey after taste particularly if you breathe out of your nose (as strange as that may sound).
Simply the best 10 year old islay whisky.
Just finished my first bottle of this, by far the best dram I've tried to date! The combination of peat and late sweetness is just brilliant. Try it with a little piece of dark chocolate - a marriage made in heaven. Loved it so much I've straight away ordered a bottle of Uigeadail and Corryvreckan (Ardbeg convert already)!
Tried this one for the first time last night and almost cried. Lately I have been enjoying Glenmorangie, but this was so completely overwhelming I almost wanted to be sick. The smokey peatiness so intense it flooded my sinuses and bought tears to my eyes, I continued to persevere with it neat. Part of me is very determined to try again, more so after reading these reviews, how best may I do this without putting myself off completely?