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: 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.

179 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    7 days ago

    Smoke, smoke and more smoke. Like drinking a campfire, quite medicinal also. Not sure I'd like this being a lover of highland whisky like Glenmorangie but I did.

  • 4
    8 days ago

    With Ardbeg 10, the smokeyness is incredibly well balanced and not at all overpowering. There is some very faint brine/sea like taste, hiding somewhere in the background. The producer's tasting notes are definitly right about that one! On addition of water, the chocolate takes the stage. I fail to notice any of the pepper/ chili or lemon some reviewers talk about. If anything, there may be a hint of overripe strawberry. It is also very smooth.

  • 5
    22 November

    One of the best Islay Scotches ever! Such a complex and legendary whisky. Always my go to for Islay's.

  • 5
    5 November

    Being relatively new to the single malt Scotch scene and starting with Highland whisky this was so over the top smokey I wasn't sure I would finish the bottle. I'm now half way through the bottle and with a little more time this is a fantastic whisky. I can really pick up the sweet under tones, just fantastic. I will definitely pick up another bottle soon.

  • 5
    29 October

    I am not a big fan of Single malt. But I should say, this one left me wanting for more! Excellent.

  • 4
    10 October

    This is magnificent stuff. If you don’t like peat or smoke, you shouldn’t be buying this. But it’s not one dimensional. Beneath the obvious peat and smoke, there’s some light citrus at the beginning, sweet maltiness on the palate and some great dark coffee and chocolate notes on the finish. A bit brighter and less sweet than Laphroaig, not quite as rich as Lagavulin, but Ardbeg is its own thing. Great stuff, highly recommended.

  • 1
    3 October

    Horrible. Undrinkable.

  • 5
    17 September

    Absolutely marvalous!!!

  • 5
    9 August

    Ardbeg is my preferred scotch. The taste is so multi-layered, it is like a ride. If you don't like Ardbeg, turn in your man card and drink a Bacardi.

  • 5
    5 August

    Cracking!

  • 5
    28 July

    I don't think it's fair for people who don't enjoy peated whisky's to give this a low score. I only just tried this (and islay whisky in general) for the first time recently while I was in the UK and absolutely loved it. My palate isn't that well developed but even I could pick up a lot more than just smoke. I'll definitely get another bottle once the current one is empty.

  • 4
    23 July

    excelent!!

  • 1
    21 July

    This is the only scotch I've ever tasted that legitimately made me nauseous three hours after having one glass. The taste still lingered almost a full day afterward. You can put aside the fact that it tastes like nothing but muddy water that's had used gauze pads from a hospital's trash soaking in it. That alone is just sort of a turn-off. Irredeemably awful.

  • 1
    10 July

    I think this whisky is terrible. Read reviews of it being favorable to Laphroaig and bought it. Over priced fire water with hints of scorched peat and jalapeno. Makes you wonder.

  • 5
    29 June

    I can not understand these bad reviews! The only people who don't like this style of whisky are those who don't appreciate the peated whiskys.. Fantastic flavours going on here for those who love the peated malts.. a bit lighter than the likes of Laphroaig and Lagavulin but ever bit as good! Love it

  • 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

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