Ardbeg 10 Year Old

70cl / 46%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Ardbeg 10 Year Old
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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
Distillery Bottling
10 Year Old
Chill Filtered


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Liquorice root Liquorice root
  • Peardrops Peardrops
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Tobacco Tobacco
  • Coffee Coffee

Ardbeg 10 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • 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.

164 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    25 April

    excellent whisky is an excellent natural presentation, peat, inscence smoke, vegetal, slightly medicinal, great long finish.... btw a message to the whisky exchange: get your facts straight this whisky is not coloured, it is natural colour

  • 4
    2 April

    This is a great product,i was very surprised by the pale color but in overall i have nothing bad to said if i dont look at the price ! Could take Laphroaig for less or a little bit more Lagavulin 16 .

  • 5
    31 March

    Very, very nice. I've just learned that my great-great-grandfather, one Robert Thorne, got Auchtoshan up and running (1823,) and comparing his whiskey (specifically, their contemporary Three Wood), with the Ardberg 10, I rather wish Robert had moved from Devonshire to Islay instead of Paisley. I might then be even more proud of him. Not yet versed in the lingo of whisky , I can only say that the Ardberg has the advantage on my tongue at this moment in time: It's a lot more 'gutsy' and it better supports my fantasies of old Scottland.

  • 5
    27 March

    First class all the way. My all-time favourite, love the head-clearing blast of peat. To be enjoyed slowly. Regretfully I will never be able to progress beyond the 10yo without mortgaging the house.

  • 5
    24 March

    Absolute magician's birthday

  • 5
    25 February

    Whenever I try a new brand, I open the bottle and pour a shot. A sip, smooth. Another sip, flavorful, still smooth. The rest of the shot, still smooth, excellent aftertaste. This is the first shot of any scotch of any kind that a shot didnt make my throat constrict. I normally like scotch over ice, a splash of soda. I think this is the bottle I've been searching for. Drinking it the way I do, the flavor shines through. I immediatly go to my Happy Place. Great stuff.

  • 5
    18 February

    Great product, better than blue label.

  • 5
    13 February

    Unless I want something for summer, this is my drink of choice. This is my favorite. My friend intoroduced me to this some years ago; at that time I had a nice selection of single malts. After my first taste, I could not drink any other scotch for at least a month, they were all not tolerable by comparison.

  • 2
    12 February

    Very medicinal, very peaty and smoky, i did not find any complexity nor any good taste besides the smokiness. I recommend the uigeadail.

  • 5
    11 February

    I feel I have to leave a renewed review as I first tried this whisky nearly two years ago (early in my whisky education) and gave a fairly negative review. I now feel that my inexperience with whisky caused me to view this harshly, having recently retried all i can say is wow. So much that i missed on my first attempt that i can now appreciate the complexities of flavours, this now sits comfortably in my favorites along with Caol Ila and Lagavulin.

  • 4
    4 February

    Smokey, coal, pepper and chilli, long heating finish.

  • 3
    4 February

    as the previous writer described this as similar to cepacol I thought I would try it on my sore throat. not only is it honey flavored, it soothes your sore throat. To the nose it is pleasant and mellow with the taste lingering and coming through to provide a warming and spicy sensation to the palate. I will give it three stars and enjoy th rest of the bottle. Slainte..

  • 1
    29 January

    Without exception, Ardbeg is my least favourite whisky. The only way I can describe it is that it smells and tastes exactly like Cepacol, the sore throat medicine. Absolutely awful.

  • 2
    8 January

    Better than some Islay malts but very strong peatiness is too overwhelming. Just about drinkable if drowned in spring water but otherwise give me a Campbell Town any day.

  • 4
    2 January

    Excellent option for peatey taste. Bit more complex than laphroag

  • 5
    31 December 2016

    I almost never write more than one review of any product (scotch whisky is the only product I have ever written a review of), but in this case I feel it's warranted. I initially reviewed Ardbeg 10 yr in July (also anonymously) and this is my third or fourth bottle since then. I'm not a light drinker, I just like variety and always have multiple bottles open at a time. This stuff just seems better every time. Not only is Ardbeg, in my humble opinion the best Islay malt, it is one of the best entry level malts you will ever have period. Not only does it taste great, it may also be the single greatest value in scotch whisky. I always find it for less than $50, American in the NYC/Long Island area. For those of you who live here or have ever visited you know that's a great deal. I couldn't recommend this stuff more. Enjoy and a happy and healthy new year to all

  • 5
    20 December 2016

    I already wrote a review of this about six months ago. I usually don't write more than one review of any product but in this case I feel it's warranted. I love strong flavored whiskers whether it be from peat or sherry. I just cracked open my third or fourth bottle of Ardbeg 10 since my last review. It just seems better every time. I never thought I could make the following but I will: this is simply the best Islay malt that you can have. Not only is it (imho) the best Islay malt, it is one of the best entry level malts you can find period. In addition to being great it is also a great value. Could not recommend this product more. Good job at 46% abv, no chill-filtration and no color added

  • 5
    13 December 2016

    just great overall, the smoke is there but doesn't overshadows the rich palate of flavours.

  • 5
    5 December 2016

    Of the ardbeg range, my favorite , of islay my favorite. There's a lot going on in this dram. Nothing is to much or to little. Extremely complex. Peat, smoke, sea shells, sea brine, caramel, toffee and a wonderful olive saline brine. A decadent dram

  • 5
    3 December 2016

    Just cracked open a bottle of this and must say what a dram! The nose is delightful the coal smoke and delicate sweetness compliment each other beautifully,along with the hints of spice to come. On the palate a lovely thick mouthfeel with a mellow sweetness like a mcvitties gold bar, this is followed by a huge gut punch of peat that melds with the sweetness rather than overpowering it. Finally comes the tingly pepper and chilli that perfectly finishes it off. The finish is long, the gift that keeps giving if you would. Ordered a bottle of uigeadail and Laphroaig QC can't wait to compare a happy boy!

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