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.

214 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    2 days ago

    Love it

  • 4
    10 days ago

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • 5
    29 September

    Took a sip and actually said "wow"

  • 4
    8 September

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

  • 5
    7 September

    My favorite Islay whisky . Complex flavours that change with every sip – peatiness that is not gimmicky in comparison to its competitors. A whiskey to take your time with and one that should be on every whiskey collector's shelf.

  • 4
    27 August

    I finally get it. On the tongue the fullness and texture reminds me of the Balvenie 12. Sipping will reveal how the peat and delicious flavours that follow are more than welcome. Fruit and meat meld to somehow create a fantastic flavour profile. A teaspoon or slightly more of water really will help if you find the nose too strong. Leaves you with the taste in your mouth for quite a while. Which is a good thing. A great whisky for sharing. Try it with a cleansed palate or after taking something mildly sweet. It is good either way. Take it slowly and it will take you well.

  • 5
    27 August

    Mind-bendingly beautiful ;)

  • 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

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