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
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Tobacco Tobacco
  • Coffee Coffee
  • Meat Meat

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: A burst of intense smoky fruit escapes into the atmosphere – peat infused with zesty lemon and lime, wrapped in waxy dark chocolate. Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. Savour the aroma of smoked fish and crispy bacon alongside green bell peppers, baked pineapple and pear juice. Add water and an oceanic minerality brings a breath of cool, briny sea spray. Waxed lemon and lime follows with coal tar soap, beeswax and herby pine woodlands. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon simmer with warm hazelnut and almond toffee.

    Palate: An explosion of crackling peat sets off millions of flavour explosions: peat effervesces with tangy lemon and lime juice, black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. Then comes a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currants. Smoke gradually wells up on the palate bringing a mouthful of warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows. As the taste lengthens and deepens, dry espresso, liquorice root and tarry smoke develop coating the palate with chewy peat oils.

    Finish: The finish goes on and on – long and smoky with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley and fresh pear.

203 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    5 July

    I've tried so many Single Malts and this one is my clear favourite. The Peat is awesome which you will savour for quite a long time. Its not for faint hearted. No doubt its one of the best and always on my shelf :)

  • 5
    23 June

    Simply put this whisky is delicious!

  • 5
    11 June

    Younger the whisky, higher the original flavours, and this is aptly proved by Ardbeg 10, exciting and enticing...

  • 5
    6 June

    Truly enjoyable whisky. One to sip and savour on a damp night. Let the dram breathe, take a sip and just enjoy the finish that goes on forever. It's a dram many will either love or leave. No doubt where my thoughts are.

  • 5
    16 May

    Super vegetal. Steamed spinach. Expensive hand-made leather shoes. New car smell/taste. Lemon pound cake. Peanut oil. Blood oranges. Figs. Dried nectarines. Cola gummies. Marzipan. Peppermint. Hint of blood sausage, heavy maltiness. Drying. A hint of medium-dark chocolate way in the background. Full, prominent vanilla. Icing sugar. Saline smoke some malt-smoke. Distinct aroma of East Caribbean rums, especially out of the bottle. Perfume-like. Aromatic. Minimal oak. Peppermint completely takes over with enough time and water. like menthol Kools. All in all, mellow, complex, very refined, very luxurious. This is a vegetal, *peaty* malt, not a smoky one. Sapid but soft. Friendly. Reviewed with 1 teaspoon of water.

  • 5
    15 May

    A whisky that can be described as brutal, in the best possible way. Honestly, I loved and enjoyed Lagavulin and Laphroaig in all their peaty glory, but this scotch seems to truly subjugate your senses more than any I've tried thus far. This is perhaps by virtue of its limited sweetness, although it is nonetheless delightfully creamy and delicate in the midst of the smoky storm that seems unending on the pallet. And this scotch truly never seems to quit--its salty peat will parch your mouth long after a dram is finished. It truly wrestles your mouth with all kinds of pungent, amazing flavors. I just wrote a bunch of flowery words about this whisky, but I'm not as good a wordsmith as the fellow who simply described Ardbeg 10 as "epic."

  • 5
    10 May

    Great mouth full of smoke and brine and kelpy salt that evolves into a warm softness. This is a pure expression of what the wine poofs refer to as “terroir” - a reflection of place, more than method. The 10-year is a tremendous example of what whisky should be.

  • 4
    24 April

    Better before 4 years but still intact and value for money!

  • 5
    7 April

    Great whisky

  • 5
    29 March

    Who ever Stephen is, he obviously isn’t familiar with peat

  • 5
    24 March


  • 5
    24 March

    Ardbeg is like a barbecue beside the ocean, compared to laphroaig's campfire out at sea.

  • 1
    16 March

    The smell is overpowering - all around the bottle there's a cloud that smells like mold and gasoline. Either we got a bad bottle, or we're missing something that some people love. Yuck.

  • 5
    12 March

    I live in Japan and just started to get into whisky seriously. Of course I have access to all the most popular midrange price-wise whisky. But once I tried Ardber I cannot get enough of it. Please make more!

  • 5
    21 February

    Proper smoked whisky, great one for anyone who enjoys peaty, smokey scotch, lovely finish & aftertaste, fantastic

  • 3
    8 February

    Islay malts are my favorite with bowmore at the top. I tried this and cannot get the smell and taste of coal tar soap out of my mind. Although I have never tasted coal tar soap...

  • 5
    8 February

    I'm quite the noob when it comes to whisky. My palate is nowhere near sophisticated, but I was blessed with a tongue that is highly tolerant of the burn of alcohol. I usually treat myself to a new bottle of whisky once per month. So far my favorite is Suntory Hibiki, but this one is excellent as well. My advice to other noobs is to keep this in your mouth until the burning stops. The instant the burning stopped, my eyes damn near popped out my head because of a sudden burst of chocolatey flavor hit me. I havent quite tasted any fruity flavors, but I'm not an experienced alcoholic yet. The pepper "notes" are quite obvious in the "finish". This smells really nice too. I think the peaty/smoky aroma is an acquired taste (smell?). Try to analyze the smell and taste and over time you'll appreciate it more.

  • 1
    6 February

    I opened the bottle and the smell of gasoline hit me. I poured 2oz glass with a bit of ice and let it sit for a few minutes. Still smelled and tasted like gasoline and yes I've tasted gas way back in my teen years. Mixed it with an Oz of water and still not good. It's now mixed 3oz water to 2 Oz whisky. It's barely drinkable. I may have to mix it with something else to get through the rest of the bottle. I'm really new to the scotch scene so my unsophisticated palette might be showing. I've got a three more bottles on the way of various brands and ages. I'll come back to this one after trying some others.

  • 5
    30 January

    Blindingly beautiful.

  • 5
    20 January

    Its the best whiskey I ever tried. Sounds rough, but I 've tride some blends like 21 years Johnnie, 21 year old Glenfarclas and I can say that Ardbeg 10 yeats old is whisky for the man which have some beast inside them really. Not for everybody for sure. Islay single malt are not for everybody for sure at all. For me the peat in the palate is not so much, but the whole flat smells like it. I love it so much. Its a real treat and medicine for me, the throat seek or the voice string got sore, I just get some elixir of Ardbeg 46% vol and solve it around. The taste is hillarious. My cousin which is 20 years old can not understand it, so my father 50 years old can not too. But I do. The tase and the soul of it whiky does make a sense for me. If you are a whisky (whiskey if you try some irish or japan or american) lover your should try the Ardbeg 10 y old. I would like to try some older whiskys of this distellery, but for the time being can not afford it. But if 10 y.o. is that superior quallity than toher marks would be evenbetter i thingh thougt.

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