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
  • 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.

134 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    7 days ago

    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


  • 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


  • 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 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.

  • 5
    16 March

    This is a beautiful Islay malt. I'm big Laphroaig fan but this might , JUST might top it. I like the saltiness and especially the peppery spice you get from holding the malt in your mouth for 5-10 seconds. Lovely malt , I highly recommend it.

  • 5
    23 February

    In this scotch, perfection has been attained!!! Wow!!! If you are lucky enough to enjoy a dram or bottle, savor it!!!

  • 5
    17 February

    excellent value for such a great islay whisky ! smokey notes with a lingering liquorice after taste ! this whisky is my happy place !

  • 5
    14 February

    Full on Islay full of peat and smoke. Yum

  • 5
    9 February

    The 10yo Ardbeg is one of the best single malts that I've ever tried. I love the peaty malts from Islay & this is now becoming my favourite one out of Lagavullin, Laphroig & Ardbeg.

  • 5
    9 February

    Pure heaven! This is the most delicious whiskey I've ever had. Wonderful nose, exquisite, sumptuous taste with notes of smoke, peat and honey. And OMG the aftertaste is long, lingering, and beautiful. Truly a masterpiece!

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