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.

226 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    13 days ago

    An incredible whisky. The dry sweet apple and pear notes and incredible. It’s a very soft and smooth experience with a mellow smokey kick at the end.

  • 5
    14 August

    If Laphroaig 10-year-old is a liquid bonfire, Ardbeg 10-year-old is a fruity liquid bonfire with a liqorice ending.

  • 5
    10 August

    Excellent whisky, exactly what I expected.

  • 5
    23 April

    Heaven does exist!

  • 5
    26 December 2018

    Exquisite. All I have come to expect from an Islay single malt.

  • 5
    24 December 2018

    Just tried this for the first time, opening the bottle and taking a whiff the smokiness hits me hard. No sting at all, very mellow/soft. I think rounded is the right term to describe it. The taste goes on and on and on. Very first taste was of liquorice and then tabacco and smoke. Very dry and minimal sweetness - just the way I like it ! Then tried it with few drops of water and the rounded mellow was significantly reduced, so never again with water. My wife came into the room and could smell grapes. Overall absolutely beautiful

  • 5
    22 December 2018

    Exceptional Islay whiskey. Absolutely essential for lovers of peat and smoke. In my book it is the ultimate, affordable single malt. A drop of water really helps to release the aromas and flavours of this spirit. I can't sing it's praises enough.

  • 5
    19 December 2018

    Absolutely the best single malt scotch in my liquor cabinet

  • 5
    13 December 2018

    For fans of peat and smoke this is probably the best Islay whisky. The wonderful sweetness coupled with the peat and smoke makes this a great Winter fireside dram. For this price, nothing comes close. Great dram!

  • 5
    7 December 2018

    I found a smoky Zen once drinking Ardbeg... Iodine heaven.

  • 5
    18 November 2018

    One of the best malts for peat lovers. One bottle you should always have in the cupboard.

  • 4
    14 November 2018

    I tried This whisky for the first time last month. It is my new favourite. I love smokey whisky and this whisky has a unique taste and smell. You can tell itbis Ardberg in the glass from few feet away easly. It has character. I love it

  • 5
    13 November 2018

    Love it

  • 4
    6 November 2018

    Big brink for big boys! Smoky and medicinal on the pallet with a surprising straw colour. A bottle on hand is a must!

  • 5
    21 October 2018

    For a lover of smokey and peaty whiskies, this is perfect. I am amazed that Ardbeg have managed to make something this amazing. With only 10 years of aging, this is a must try.

  • 5
    9 October 2018

    Wow! This is the first Islay I've bought and the best whisky experience I've ever had. I've read many reviews saying how aggressive the Ardbeg can be but I found it's depth and complexity embracing and satisfying. Maybe it's not for everyone but I can't recommend this highly enough.

  • 4
    5 October 2018

    It's taken me a long time to start to enjoy peated whisky - I'm a big fan of Speyside malts - but now that I've finally "got in" to them this is delicious - such a delicate mix of overlapping tastes! I'm glad I've arrived!

  • 5
    3 October 2018

    This is the 2nd best whisky I’ve experienced. Simply awesome. It is the mainstay of my bar.

  • 5
    29 September 2018

    Took a sip and actually said "wow"

  • 4
    8 September 2018

    Out of the smoky whiskies this is one of my favorites.

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