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.

189 Customer Reviews

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  • 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.

  • 4
    12 January

    A great intro to Islay single malt. Give it a chance. Although no Lavaglulin, it's a great start!

  • 5
    9 January

    This is a whisky that simply gets better and better the longer you leave it to oxidize. At first, treat it like a fine wine, and let it breathe for a while. You won't be disappointed. The peat is overpowering and tends to mask the fruity, meaty, tobacco notes. It's truly divine. A real gem of a whisky. Be gentle with it. Take your time. Let a whole new world open up to you. Trust me. It's that good. 10/10 One of the best examples how good Scotch whisky can really be.

  • 4
    5 January

    This was my favourite whisky for a long time. I bought a bottle at Christmas and while it's still a very very good Islay, I feel it's lost a bit of the sweetness it used to have. The peat and smoke is still there in spades but I feel the current bottle I have is lacking a little bit of sweetness and complexity that used to make it so perfectly balanced. I am seeing Ardbeg 10 a lot more in supermarkets these days, so I wonder if increased demand has anything to do with it? If you like very smoky peaty whisky this is still an excellent choice, however this most recent bottle reminds me a little more of a cask strength Laphroaig, it's dominated by peat and smoke. The bottles of this I picked up a few years ago had a Highland Park sweetness, slightly saltier and fresher and perhaps a hint less smoke. Very good but not as great as I remember it.

  • 5
    3 January

    An excellent Islay whisky. Very pleasant nose, just the right amount of peat, and a wonderful long finish that reminded me of high percentage dark chocolate after giving the whisky plenty of time in my mouth to reveal its more subtle notes. A dram that I would give to a close friend to introduce them to the wonders of Islay.

  • 5
    10 December 2017

    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
    9 December 2017

    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 2017

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

  • 5
    5 November 2017

    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 2017

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

  • 4
    10 October 2017

    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 2017

    Horrible. Undrinkable.

  • 5
    17 September 2017

    Absolutely marvalous!!!

  • 5
    9 August 2017

    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 2017


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