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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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Peaty, smoky, earthy and raw! Sea breeze, wet soil and grass (camping in nature next to a bone fire plus the smell of the first rain in autumn) Plus: slight meat and liquorice root on the nose.
I'm still in the early stages of my whisky journey, wanted to try a "smoky" Islay single malt and thought I'd try this as is has such good reviews. Yes it's certainly peaty and smoky but with none of the TCP prevalent in some young Islay malts, but mellowed by a richness which you wouldn't expect in just a 10y.o. I still prefer a generally sweeter Speysides but can understand why this is a highly regarded dram and will enjoy working my way through this bottle.
one of the best peated whiskeys out there especially when consumed in moderation
A colleague tipped me off to this one, And it was just a sheer delight. Cheers!
Not as salty, and particuarly not as peaty as some other Islay Whiskys. But always a good dram. I also like Uighideal, but for value this 10 year old is hard to beat. As with other single malts, avoid the 'special editions'. These are typically just a way to sell you cheaper and younger whiskey (with maybe a little older whisky blended in).
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