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
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
10 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Chill Filtered
No
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • 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.

140 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    7 days ago

    I might not know much about whisky, but do I know one thing, this was damn good

  • 5
    12 September

    Rich is so wright. Wonderful. I've enjoyed a lot. Very complex. Hard to drink moment than two. Congrats. Constantin

  • 5
    11 September

    Superb smoky and peaty complexity. The experience will stay with me for years to come.

  • 5
    10 September

    My attempt at some notes, bare in mind I'm reasonably inexperienced: Nose- peat. Less medicinal than others I've tried, fire side and seaweed. Palate - at first, drying spicy smoke, seaweed and salty things still. After a while more sweetness comes through, almost menthol/mint freshness and a contrasting malty sweetness , something a little crisp - faint pear? Finish - drying, the menthol freshness remains and The smoke fades to a faint whisper. As bad as my notes probably were, rest assured it was fantastic!

  • 5
    14 August

    If you have the patience I suggest leaving this whisky for more than an hour, covering and exposing alternately. What is revealed is a marked change in the spirit with pepper coming very much to the fore, possibly from first fill ex JD casks, also, the esters become more prominent as well, smoke of course is always there. I usually take about 2 hours or more to consume a malt, IMO it reveals aromas and flavours, which are hidden in the depths.

  • 5
    24 July

    Superb. On opening the bottle, toffee and peat but in the glass the iodine takes over. Swilling the glass brought out citrus and fresh flowers. In the mouth a burst of sweetness followed by rapidly changing flavours, from toffee to cream to vanilla to coffee to charcoal and liquorice. The finish starts as liquorice and on smacking my lips, treacle and pepper. Iodine a couple of minutes into the afterglow. Incredible for the price and availability.

  • 5
    18 July

    Another great Islay malt. On the nose I get peat mixed with malt. On the palate a sweet liquorice like sweetness at first. Then the peat takes over. The malty tones mix in nicely. On the long finish I get more malt, but it's the smoke that really lingers. I also get hints of tobacco.Very good body at 46% abv. I like this as much as I like Laphroig and Bowmore. I'm a person who likes variety in my malts so I always have a few different types open at a time. It's a must for me that they are unique like this one

  • 5
    27 June

    No colorant added, great alcohol content and a decent value. This is, by far, the best readily available single-malt if you enjoyed a peated malt. The taste starts with a nice sweetness and quickly moves to tastes of smoke, peat, beach-side, savory meat, licorice and mint. The finish is very long and smoked with a touch of sweet and bitterness. The finish is fairly similar to Laphroaig 10. The taste is much more interesting and more comparable to Lagavulin 16 and it's bottled nonchill-filtered and uncolored at a 46% giving it a nice boost over the other two malts.

  • 5
    19 June

    First time trying - first sip = perfection! So much great flavor!!!!! Love it!

  • 2
    9 June

    Disappointed. Didn't suit me even though I've properly enjoyed quite strongly-peated Islays. Repeat visits didn't warm me to it. Maybe its the pushy hickory/ tobacco/ stale bonfire smoke that kill its initial sophistication, by going overboard alongside the full peat and tartness. Dank is a hard to use word for whisky, but I regret it made my nose wrinkle at the taste. Thinking more dilution was the answer, I kept trying - yet there was no correct amount of water that could solve this imbalance. I hate giving two stars for an earnest single malt, but its just not me. Tamlin is not a sole maverick dissenter!

  • 5
    30 May

    Veryood

  • 5
    27 May

    The daddy of all whiskys. consistantly fabulous. An aquired taste, but when you have exhausted all other whiskeys this one keeps you coming back for more.

  • 5
    27 May

    Wonnerful schortch, I LOVE the peet. Mike from the Colonies (after a few drams)

  • 2
    26 May

    Sorry, but the medicinal phenols killed this for me. I want to enjoy my whiskey without getting the distinct aroma of a med lab in my nose. Call me a tasting heathen but I expected more than a constant reminder of doctors, lab work, and illness literally under my nose when all I wanted was a nice, pleasent drink.

  • 4
    16 May

    "Nose" (diluted) Phenol, mint, smoking damp wood bonfire, wet leaves. "Palate" (diluted) More subdued. Smoother, softer, silken but still with plenty of smoke, tar and black peppercorns in the centre. Smokey bacon too. "Finish" (diluted) This is where the excitement starts. The malt started as sweet peat upon the palate, transitions in great form to a sea spray dry evaporation of flavors like: white capped waves of salt, lingering green seaweed, tarred fishing boat ropes. White cheddar and more ashy, soot and smoke leave you reaching for more. This is better with a teaspoon of water to a double pour.

  • 5
    14 May

    Outstanding. My first Islay malt and I'm thrilled with it. So many flavors, so much complexity. Great value as well.

  • 5
    30 April

    Exceptional

  • 5
    29 April

    Maybe not my all time Ardbeg favorite, but definitely the best of the regular range. Overall quality here is still sky high. That's an astounding accomplishment, given the high demand. I'm glad Ardbeg has followed it's own vision and not followed Laphroaig.

  • 5
    11 April

    i have bought the uggie and corry among other nas versions ahem,dark cove. get this wonderful ten year while you can.it is delicious.

  • 5
    1 April

    Coatline remains for a long time, though thin, reflects oil present. Legs run slowly medium thickness. Nose is peat and smoke, vanilla and sweetness, Limey zest, then bonfire and burnt wood Palate peaty and smokey, some chocolate flavours. This is a multilayered whisky. Finish - very long and strong, peat and smoke, bonfire. Leaves a coat on the tongue Conclusion - IMO is the bench mark for a peated whisky, nothing comes close. The dumpy lamp glass spirit still, purifier on the Lyne arm and the wooden Washbacks for fermentation retain the peat, yet it is somewhat refined.

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