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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.Tasting Notes (2)
- Liquorice root
Tasting Notes by Tim F
Sweet peat, coal, Caramac bars, a faint floral soapy note, pepper and chilli.
Very soft, mellow entry, then the spices and peat come through in a big way. Powerful, but with a balancing sweetness. Great length.
Long and warming, with the smoke and pepper lasting longest.
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
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.
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.
The finish goes on and on – long and smoky with tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds and traces of soft barley and fresh pear.
- Whisky Bible Awards 2012: Best Single Malt Scotch of the Year, 10 Years and Under.
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First Islay and I love it. So much to taste here and a little different each pour and all in a good way. Smoke and wonderful.
Smoke first then mild lemon comes through, walnuts, seaweed, on the palate the sweetness appears , decent Isla whisky
Smooth, well-rounded, honey & smoke. Delightful Isley.
This is a strange one for me, this was the first real whisky I remember trying and being blown away. I had dabbled with whisky, mainly Bourbons. I asked for something smokey at the bar and was given a dash of this to drink. It was a great experience. Unfortunately I then tried it again a few months later and I was very disappointed. It was still a pleasant drink but something wasn't the same. This is one I will have to try again.
Worth saving up for this. Instead getting 3 bottles of cheap Blended grog, you can buy this multi-sensory experience in a bottle. First a oceanic saline quality, a taste of some kind of fruit, then a medicinal herbal note before the unique and well rounded smoke and peat and pipe tobacco finish. Laphroaig is much less rounded than this, in fact it is no exaggeration to say this is one of the finest single malts currently on the market. If you dislike smoke, stay away, otherwise all whisky enthusiasts should try this.
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