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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old Reviews

    Ardbeg 10 Years Old 70
    Based on 43 reviews.
    Rated on a scale of 50 to 99
    Distillery
    Ardbeg
    Style
    Single Malt
    Release
    Unspecified
    Age
    10 Years
    Alcohol
    46% abv.
    Region
    Scotland, Islay
    Bottled For
    Distillery

    Ardbeg Ten Years Old is a very special bottling for the Ardbeg distillery as it is the first non-chill filtered whisky in the Ardbeg range. Chill filtering isn`t a bad thing, in fact it created real consistency of product when the whisky industry was a little more `hap-hazard` than it is today. Ardbeg Ten Years Old is whisky with none of the goodness taken out and as good as straight from the cask.

    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by ChadDavis

    7550/99
    Color
    Amber -2, Pale
    Nose
    Salt, Peat bog, waterlogged boat shoes, earthy potatoes
    Body
    Smooth and thick feel, the presence of the peat makes it heavy.
    Palate
    Lots of peat phenol, bitter unsweetened chocolate, straw, fish scale, an easy prune raisin or fig
    Finish
    Long and warm. It gets up in your sinuses and eyes after a few sips. It lingers in the mouth a good while.

    The Phenolic intensity comes on gradually. Not a bad whisky, but not great either. Dad had it at his Iowa house. I chided him about buying bargain whisky, but its more that $50.00. It doesn’t hold up to the price tag or the reputation. It has some interesting flavors at the start, but after a while, the peat presence takes over and that’s all you can taste.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Mark Henderson

    8850/99
    Color
    Pale blonde.
    Nose
    Much peatier than the taste. Lemon zest. Something sweet, but I'm not sure what. It's tempting to say chocolate. Vanilla.
    Body
    Silky smooth for an Islay.
    Palate
    Citrus dominates. Vanilla makes a cameo. The peat from the nose isn't nearly as present, and whatever coterie of flavors that are present definitely drown out the peat. It makes for a nice balance.
    Finish
    I barely felt this malt in my mouth until the finish. The flavors came through on the palate, sure, but this pleasant, long finish really made it. Somewhere in the finish a slight hint of sherry comes through.

    The Uigeadail is the master, but something of an extravagance. This 10 year is an affordable little brother that comes close. Ardbeg continues to be the best Islay.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    7550/99
    Color
    OK
    Nose
    Coal tar
    Body
    Medium
    Palate
    Coal tar
    Finish
    Warm

    Is Rowey the only one? For those of you that are not coal miners and/or have not used Pears coal tar soap - this drop is like drinking that same soap. Not to be disparaging but the perfume can be smelt from metres away. Ever tasted the smell of something?

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8850/99
    Color
    Pale Gold
    Nose
    Smoke and peat obviously, some fruit (esp. lemon) lingering in the background, maybe a hint of rosemary too.
    Body
    I find this to be "just" medium bodied, but maybe it's because my other bottles at the moment include Quarter Cask, A'bunadh, and Lagavulin.
    Palate
    Smoky, briny, peppery, with some fruit (that lemon again), and lurking in the background some white wine too
    Finish
    Warming, starts strong, but fades more quickly and is a bit less assertive than some others, namely Laph Quarter Cask.

    A well rounded smoky beast

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9450/99

    It is distilled barley single malt whisky. It has the best balance of the notorious peaty Islay malts. It's designer/aged brother Uigeadail is a nice extravagance, but the Ardbeg 10 is what they do best. It's all there, in your head.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Pick

    8750/99
    Color
    Mexican Water (Water w/slight yellowish tint)
    Nose
    A little medicinal... not as smoky on the nose as some other Ardbegs. Earthy and happy with a little hint of candy. Maybe a hint of citrus... not orange maybe lemon?
    Body
    Thick and greasy... nice body. Full mouth feel.
    Palate
    Ok... there's the smoke. It wouldn't be Ardbeg without the smoke (Blasda's not Ardbeg in my opinion). It's smooth with a little bit of afterbite... maybe a hint of lemon here too. The pronounced quality is definitely the smoke. It's not Corryvreckan or Supernova, but it's smoky...
    Finish
    Long warm and smooth...
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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    light yellow (no e150)
    Nose
    peat, smoke, barrel char, vanilla, sweet wood, mint
    Body
    light mouth feel
    Palate
    peat, smoke, underneath that is some lemon and lime, vanilla, bit of caramel, spearmint
    Finish
    mild salt, peat, some barrel char (like in some bourbons) and peppermint

    if you like peaty whisky, this is a must try, much better than lagavulin and bowmore, bit better than caol ila (more vegetal) but i prefer the flavor profile of laphroaig a bit more than ardbeg

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Mr Darcy

    8950/99
    Color
    Pale gold
    Nose
    Smoke,Peat,Iodine earthy sod.
    Body
    Full body
    Palate
    Smoke, Peat, oily rich salty textured
    Finish
    Long slow warm salty, thick lingering coating.

    Wonderful reminder of fall leaf raking into smokey piles of burning leaves, wearing gloves and an old Plaid Penndleton overcoat.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8750/99
    Color
    Pale straw
    Nose
    Blast of peat, creamy vanilla, dark chocolate, earthy, sea spray, more peat.
    Body
    Taken neat very tight. With water flavors open up. Buttery, creamy balanced by earthy tannins.
    Palate
    Smoke, medicinal, creamy barley sugar, brine, slight citrus.
    Finish
    Smoke returns, damp earth, lingering, less sweetness than arrival.

    Highly recommend addition of water. Taken neat this is too tight and closed. With the right amount of water this is a peaty stunner.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Quite pale but it doesn't matter.
    Nose
    Smells like scotch.
    Palate
    See comment.
    Finish
    Just lingeringly pleasant.

    Beautiful, relaxing Islay flavor. Not overpowering and I prefer just a splash of water (pure, bottled reverse osmosis with some mineral added).

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Quisnic

    9150/99
    Color
    pale blonde/ gold
    Nose
    Awasome... Smoke, peat and iodine.
    Body
    Full bodied.
    Palate
    Peaty with trace hints of Almonds, salt and peper.
    Finish
    Long and warm... a good blast of camp fire!

    Nice example of a Islay Scotch. Fails only when compared to the mighty Laphroaig quarter Cask.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Weednwhisky

    9150/99
    Color
    light haylike or really pale gold
    Nose
    complex, smokey, again liquorice-like
    Body
    full, awesome, amazing, thick and again full..
    Palate
    Peat, Iodine, Smoke, Bacon, Beef, what more do you want?
    Finish
    long - very long (at least 5-7 minutes stable) warm and complex, it even get's more complex as the smoke fades a little

    Delicious whisky, real peaty and non chill filtered which I think is pretty great because it makes it more natural. I also like it that there's not so much caramel in this whisky. This is my second or third favorite Islay brand, I'm not sure whether I like it better than Coal Illa or not, this one has definitely more smoke to it but is slightly less complex because of it. I'd add a spoon of water to taste it better but it's not absolutely necessary

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Enrico Souve

    9150/99
    Color
    Late Afternoon Sunlight
    Nose
    Peat-smoke bomb, underpinned by cherry candy, Key lime, viburnum, and ambient fresh salmon, cream, coal, iodine, salted pretzel
    Body
    Velvet oil, rich, thick and creamy; chewy like melted taffy
    Palate
    A roaring bonfire and crashing waves; hot straw on wet asphalt, coal ambers carried by sea spray, give way to iodine and fresh seafood, settling down to a hint of caramel covered popcorn.
    Finish
    Peat, coal, hot iodine, long, maybe forever...

    Surf and turf in a glass. Not for the faint of heart, this smokin\' fireball explodes with a bitter-sweet, riotous punch that smacks you in the mouth with the heat of blazing fire, aspiring to the ethereal light of diminution, on the wings of flying fish.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9950/99
    Color
    pale straw..
    Nose
    smoke and green olive
    Body
    good and thick
    Palate
    peat, peat peat.
    Finish
    pure smoke going on...

    being young had a hard a hard time some whisky mix...been a long time i didnt drink any...and this is one i can easily drink and feel...the smoke! so im not a really big whisky fan..and now i've found a..taste i like in beers and i can handle!

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Harmus85

    8950/99
    Color
    Copper light
    Nose
    Not my favorite but much much smoke.
    Body
    My first Islay and its very very good and full.
    Palate
    Peat, smoke, and a bit fruity. But very good!
    Finish
    Long and a very nice taste. It stays about 12 hours. You think you've tasted all 8 - 12 yo, wiskey trie this one!!

    Well, this one was my first Islay whisky and the best i've ever tasted. If you're a beginner whisky drinker try this one. You don't like Jack Danliels in the beginning of whisky drinking like I do. I'm now for the first time on Gentleman Jack, it's very disappointing. In the future i'm drinking Scottish wisky. Just learn drinking and not one glass. Just a full bottle.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    light amber
    Nose
    Heavy Smoke and heavy smoke... like being trapped in a 10 year old meat smoker.
    Body
    full bodied and thick
    Palate
    enveloped in smoke..
    Finish
    I was really excited about drinking the Ardbeg .. while many folks on here will love the smokey flavors and scent of this swill .. it did not suit my pallet, I much prefer the Peat, Cherry, and Charcoal taste of other blends. Wish I'd read the reviews on here first, but hey, now I know.

    Unlike other Scotch, the Ardbeg 10 year contained a very narrow band of smokey flavors and a powerful smokey scent. Probably better as a blend than straight. I didn't like it much, prefer the peat or carbon taste. It was like drinking that liquid smoke at the Supermarket.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9150/99
    Color
    Amber - 3 (very light, lighter than Kilchoman Winter 2010.
    Nose
    Peat, iodine, brine, ozone, seawater, and smoke. Hint of sweetness as well.
    Body
    Thick and bold. Utterly amazing. Nice legs (Angel's tears).
    Palate
    Very different from Laphroaig IMHO. This is very refined for such a young whisky. The 10 y.o. Lap will immediately blast you with peat, but with the Ardbeg 10, it is a much more sophisticated peat blast. The intensity comes in increments and then suddenly you are rushed with intense peat and smoke. A hint of sherry and vanilla can be felt in the background. Marvelous whisky indeed.
    Finish
    The finish stays with you, long after you've realized... What an excellent bottle.

    This is a fantastic whisky. If it was slightly cheaper, it would have become my every day drammer. Absolutely marvelous. At 46% abv & non chill-filtered, it's remarkable how this whisky holds up. Don't let the light color fool you, this whisky is playing for keeps.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Beerzebub

    9050/99
    Color
    Light - only a little darker than a typical white wine.
    Nose
    Hard candy, dark chocolate, lemon zest, peat smoke... sea air, fresh fish, some almondlike sherry, a hint of freshly cut grass... Extremely refreshing and appetizing. Mouthwatering, even. The elements work very well together, particularly the dark chocolate, freshly cut lemon rind, and peat smoke, which are the dominant three.
    Body
    Medium-full, silky smooth, very nice.
    Palate
    Sweet dark chocolate and lemon oil, with some other kinds of fruitiness going on (pear? white peach?), followed quickly by smoky peat which takes a few seconds to build to a satiating crescendo. Cohesive, balanced (the peat never quite crushes its partners), and very tasty indeed.
    Finish
    Lingering peat smoke and Del Monte Tropical Fruit Salad, with just a hint of nutty, oxidized sherry.

    More than just a peat fix - fresh, vibrant, appetizing, this stuff uses its youth to advantage. So well crafted, and so enjoyable. Bottle code L10 344 11:23 6ML, so thanks to the handy guide to reading these codes on the Ardbeg Project website, this must have been bottled on December 10 (i.e. day 344 of the year), 2010.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Papa Whisky

    9150/99
    Color
    Spool of copper wire
    Nose
    Flowers, Peat, Smoke, and Band Aides
    Body
    Thick and extremely viscous in the glass. Feels like liquid velvet in your mouth
    Palate
    Caramelized sugar and sherry sweetness but far from being cloy, Floral, Peat, Smoke, Wood, Smoked salmon and oysters, and Dark Chocolate. The high ABV is hidden within the flavor complexity of the whisky, nicely done.
    Finish
    Long lasting floral and sherry sweetness with a touch of peaty smoke. Beautiful finish. Warning, be careful with this one, it causes severe lip smacking in between sips.

    After wrestling with this review, a super hero commercial gave me the answer. Right now in my little world of whisky, the Ardbeg 10 is my Superman. Therefor, the Uigeadail is my bizarro superman. It is the opposite of everything I love in the Ardbeg 10. Where the 10 has intense peat and smoke, the Uigeadail is mild. And where the 10 is light in sweetnees and floral, the Uigeadail is intense. although opposites, they are both equally amazing and delicious.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Sideburns

    9050/99
    Color
    Light amber. Cloudy especially with a few drops of water.
    Nose
    Leather peat smoke. My favorite smell. Phenolic like a hospital smell. And finally fish scales. Do this: After finishing a glass don't rinse it. Just leave it for 30 minutes or so. Now smell the glass...... Fish scales!!
    Body
    Oily medium thick.
    Palate
    So it's like grilling a parrot fish (scales on) using mesquite wood in a hospital with open doors located on a bluff by the ocean. Ahhh, yes it just takes me there.
    Finish
    Long finish. The kind where you just can't help smacking your tongue against the roof of your mouth after each sip. Briny malty sweet.

    So I've been nursing this bottle for the past 2 weeks. Just trying to make it last. Drinking others in between (Red Breast, Lagavulin 16, Caol Ila 12, Taliker 10, Abunadh, Glenlivet 12). Tonight 1/4 bottle left and I finished it! So sad. I miss it already. If I had not given some to Papa Whisky I would still have a little more. Damn it.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Rmolledo

    7550/99
    Color
    light straw in color
    Nose
    Heavy campfire smoke and peat aroma. strong iodine. Enough to clear a room of non-islay fans. malt and spice. phenolics.
    Body
    light with a slight oily mouthfeel. rather dry.
    Palate
    lighter flavor than aroma suggests. dark chocolates, spicy peppery notes. vanilla, sea salt, and phenolics. Very well balanced. Slightly sweet towards the end.
    Finish
    long lasting spicy yet enjoyable finish.

    My favorite Islay scotch so far. very well balanced and very interesting.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Eye-lah Guy

    9350/99
    Color
    Extremely light in the glass, which may put off the unsuspecting…that’s a P.C. term for them! Of course, anyone who pours from this green bottle must sense how acute this experience is going to be…if you don’t, go back to your overpriced P. Diddy Vodka
    Nose
    Clean as sea spray, with hints of vanilla/iodine, but absolutely no clue as to the arresting storm that approaches...
    Body
    Lighter than many of it's Islay neighbors
    Palate
    On first pull the hospital is all over your palate to the point that you almost feel the stiff sheets; and while the coastal salt renders springier than many Islays, this makes the balance of grain malt and cask wood all the more incredible.
    Finish
    Oh, and The Smoke, The Mouthful of Peat, The Beast? Oh, He’s Here, and He emerges, rampaging with a vengeance, stomping, in your face, shaking your ass to it’s very core in the finish. Wanna go here again? You can’t help yourself. Naturally, you’ll deal with The Beast each time out, until you love Him. And, of course, you will and you do…

    Numbingly complex--a multitude of moods live in the dram at different times, and of course, depending on your dinner; your mood; your DNA. I’m knocked on my ass so scarcely, and the handful of whisky’s that do it are a few Islay’s, some Kentucky’s, and the rare Skye or heavenly Highlander. This makes The Short List.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Winemaker

    8550/99
    Color
    golden straw
    Nose
    Loads of iodine, earthy and slightly musty, but also smells of banana bread and cinnamon.
    Body
    Full bodied, lots of viscosity, very smooth.
    Palate
    Lots of cinnamon (Big Red Gum anyone?), oatmeal, very salty. The flavor profile is distinctive, much more than the peat and oak of some of the other Islays in the price range.
    Finish
    A long finish, very pleasant and consistent, but after a minute it goes bitter

    Yes it is peaty, but there is quite a bit more to it than just that. IMHO far better than the other Islays in the same price range.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Smallfrenchman

    8750/99
    Color
    Golden, light honey
    Nose
    Heavy peat, iodine, salt air, seaside.
    Body
    Almost a bit numbing on the tongue with the quantity of iodine, but in such a pleasing way. If you don't like iodine, stay away from it.
    Palate
    Like playing rugby in a peat bog and getting flattened in the turf...In a good way. Salt and smoke balance out nicely.
    Finish
    Long long long finish. Warm. Sit back and relax. I may have shed a tear or two.

    I tried this a long time ago and couldn't get past the first sip. That was then, and I recently noticed this on sale for a price I couldn't resist, and bought the bottle. "For the guests" I reasoned with myself. Even if I can't enjoy it, surely I'll look like a great host. What a surprise to discover that my tastes have greatly changed and that this has become one of my favorite drams. Worth the second chance.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8950/99
    Color
    Pale Yellow
    Nose
    Smokey Goodness, my favorite is to leave the glass out over night. The smell in the morning is beautiful
    Body
    Light oil
    Palate
    Nice Smoke , Salty
    Finish
    Long finish , leaves me wanting the next sip

    My favorite entry level dram, I dream about the nose on a regular basis

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8750/99
    Color
    Pale yellow.
    Nose
    Burnt orange shrub.
    Body
    Yellow viscous fuel.
    Palate
    Orange, peat, salt.
    Finish
    A bit of afterburn.

    A fine fine whisky.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by C2

    9050/99
    Color
    White wine, pale green tea
    Nose
    Peat, sweet citrus. Pan fry pineapple with pork. BBQ fish smoke. Iodine, pine tar, salt. Water adds more brine and citrus.
    Body
    Full and oily.
    Palate
    Peat attack. Licking wooden bench in the park during a rain. Fresh cut grass, earthy. Pepper, and something sweet.
    Finish
    Peat smoke, mild 2nd hand tobacco smoke, nuts (can't tell which one, just nutty), burnt wood/paper boxes, lemon peel? Long and dry after smoke vanishes

    Felt like roasting marshmellow with peat, twigs, and coconut shell, with sea breeze blowing in your face. Chokingly smoky even for a smoker if you don't sip it slowly. Tasted older than ten year if you ask me.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Orrin

    5950/99
    Color
    Vibrant amber.
    Nose
    Phenol with the edge of antitussive medicine, followed by a hint of smoke. Everything layered within the thick smell of humid marshlands just after a summer rain, earthy and heavy.
    Body
    Heavy. Thick body that remains omnipresent as the different flavours unfold.
    Palate
    Massive peat but tangy with medicine and smoked fish. Behind follow nuances of vanilla, metallic shades and a slight alcoholic burn.
    Finish
    The massive peat ceases, giving way to earthy flavours that quickly coalesce with phenol (medicine), iodine, resinous sweetness, and slight saltiness into a somewhat foul mix of stale water, rotten "things" and subtle sweetness that is topped off with the peat's bitter nots.

    This malt has character, definitely, complex and rank. On the nose it might be enjoyable still for some but the way it finishes, in this foul taste, you really have to screw up your nose. I, too, cannot savour any smokiness here, just phenolic, stale, boggy flavours contrasted by a subtle but even rankier sweetness against the earthy background. And because its after taste is extremely resistant, the Lagavulin 16 Year Old is, like an emetic, urging you towards nausea if you don't stop! Thus the character is there but the balance is really bad (not to say odious). In jest: if you like bad things, you'll love this one!

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Eyelah

    8950/99
    Color
    pale honey
    Nose
    peaty, grassy, smoky, alcohol, iodines
    Body
    oily, medium bodied
    Palate
    iodine, sea breeze, brine, peat smoke
    Finish
    long and smooth. tingly. a real pleasure.

    First full size bottle I ever bought, and a damn fine purchase. Peat, iodine, smoke...and a long smooth finish. Not to mention the affordable price tag.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    9550/99
    Color
    Pale Straw
    Nose
    Peat, mid salt
    Body
    Full, oily
    Palate
    The moderate peat blast gives way for the sweet grain/citrus to come through.
    Finish
    Peat subsides to a little bit of salt and carries into a long, pleasant taste of fresh seaweed.

    Probably one of the best Islay values--and the best Ardbeg value--in my opinion. Very good scotch and it doesn't make a huge dent in your wallet.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by ColoradoDram

    8450/99
    Color
    Light gold, chardonay.
    Nose
    Gentle citrus, mesquite grill. Water releases nice floral with stronger citrus.
    Body
    Pretty thick and oily.
    Palate
    Tingly, prickly peat and smoke. Some bitter salty.
    Finish
    Deep, warm burn. Finish is better neat - H2O introduces a more bitter unwarranted attack. Then comes the dry...

    On par with the Laphroaig 10 on many fronts - bitter, warm, oily, smokey. This has a bit more attack with or without water. I suggest neat with a lot of aeration.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8550/99
    Color
    Clear light straw
    Nose
    Light smoke almost matched by alcohol.
    Body
    Thicker end of medium. Sliky.
    Palate
    Sipped this gives a wondrous mellow wave of smokey peat. This makes me think of proper oak smoked salmon. A larger slip opens the taste to the smoke of burning embers of wood. A cooling leaves a slight medicinal tint to the peaty taste. The larger the sip the more brutal the impact of the alcohol. Overall a balanced taste with a slight sweetness initially quickly before balancing out nicely.
    Finish
    Warming and the flavours of smokey peat linger. The mouth dries over time giving a drier taste. Transitions to an oily taste/texture towards the very end. The aroma lingers longer than the actual taste.

    If I was to compare this as a red wine - between Cheval Blanc and supermarket plonk this would come in at about 25/bottle. A single dimensional taste rather than presenting a layered palette of taste however a good clarity of that taste delivered in silk if tasted by sipping.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8050/99
    Color
    Pale straw
    Nose
    Very smoky, leather, ink, salt
    Body
    Full, oily
    Palate
    Overwhelming: a small splash of water releases full flavour: heavy peat, brany, even salt, dry smoke, some herbs
    Finish
    Lingering, salt and dry, complex

    A real killer, this one. In my opinion water is a necessity. Remarkably dry and salt and therefore even more powerful than the Laphroaig 10jr or the Talisker 10jr.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Rowey

    9050/99
    Color
    Very pale straw
    Nose
    Smoke, medicinal iodine, charred wood and coal tar.
    Body
    Full bodied.
    Palate
    Powerful smoke and peat, suggestions of sweetness and wet charred wood.
    Finish
    Long and warm with peat smoke and wood.

    Very quickly becoming my favourite 'entry level' Islay malt: it's less medicinal than Lagavulin, more smokey than Laphroaig and wilder than Bowmore.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Anonymous

    8950/99
    Color
    Pale straw
    Nose
    Nose is sweet and earthy. Smells like a peat bog on a cool but very humid summer night, with some trees on fire.
    Body
    Medium, a little oily. Not as thick as other ten year olds.
    Palate
    This whisky has a strong alcohol flavor that is truly numbing on the tongue and lips. Despite this, strong smoky peat flavor comes through. It also tastes like fire. This whisky burns with the fire of a thousand suns. The flavor is brutish and surprising - kind of a slap in the face. Tastes like medicine, too, as a result of these characteristics.
    Finish
    Intense and long. Breathe out through your nose and there is a distinct burn and tingle that raises the hair on the back of your neck. Kinda feels like your head is full of fire, but it's not burning you. After this, a sweetness that is exactly like the smell of old musty wood furniture can be enjoyed for several minutes.

    If you want to get into Islay, don't start with this. I've had Laphroaig's 10, 15, and Quarter Cask (Laphroaig 10 is my favorite whisky so far). The character of Ardbeg 10 is not elegant, complex, and rich like Laphroaig 10, but is rather belligerent, reckless, and hyperactive. Comparing these two whiskies is kind of like comparing Athens and Sparta. This whisky, while very enjoyable, is not quite my cup of tea. However, if you want a whisky that spits in your face and insults your character while screaming obscenities in your ear, Ardbeg 10 is for you.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Frombeyond

    9050/99
    Color
    light
    Nose
    tarry, some smoke and medicinal smells. kinda tight
    Body
    big boy
    Palate
    A punch in the face. Intially sweet, but then dry and smokey
    Finish
    dry and smokey

    A powerful whiskey that's kinda white wine like and elegant, but with the kick of a nice bourbon.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Prosper

    9550/99
    Color
    Light straw
    Nose
    smoke, oak, pepper, spice. Surprisingly little phenol
    Body
    full bodied, wet
    Palate
    mellow smoke, wood, cereal, black pepper, dried fruit
    Finish
    warm, zingy finish. dried fruit, notes of cloves and spice. Nice balance of smoke, tannins and sweetness.

    an instant classic. Buy this.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by K2San

    9050/99
    Color
    Straw Gold
    Nose
    Peat and a hinty of fruit
    Body
    Full bodied; oily
    Palate
    Peat surrounds your thongue. Smoke, a bit of salt, burned wood
    Finish
    Ram bam thank you mam. A long intense warm peat that puts a smile on your face.

    If you like peat : this is the one to try. One of my favouriotes. Always present on my cabinet

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Ben L.

    8550/99
    Color
    Pale golden
    Nose
    A small fire at a naked wood furniture factory. Just a touch of varnish.
    Body
    As a tiny tingle grows to pinpricks midtongue, the sinuses fill with mellow smoke. Goes down smooth and sure like a Southern belle.
    Palate
    Peat to spare and a nice tart subplot.
    Finish
    The warm taste, slight at first, grows to its potential.

    A nip of the bog dew in your bivouac just as the fire goes out and the morning fog rolls in. Either that or brilliant merchandising from the Liquid Smoke people.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Jim Ruddy

    9050/99
    Color
    Straw
    Nose
    Bonfire, Peat, slightly fruity
    Body
    Full bodied nicely oily
    Palate
    Peat, Smoke, Salt, Wet Grass
    Finish
    Long and peaty. Second hand smoke.

    A truly great and approachable Islay. Smoke and peat is not overpowering, but allows more subtle flavours to sneak through.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Colin

    8550/99
    Color
    Pale Gold
    Nose
    Peat, Caramel, Fresh fruit, Vanilla
    Body
    First light, then quickly develops to a full body. Wet.
    Palate
    First nothing. Then Peat, Oak, Bitter notes, and smoke.
    Finish
    Lovely peat essence, Warming, Enveloping

    A beautifully balanced Islay with lovely structure and complexity. Water it for more smoke, but you'll sacrifice the intensity of the finish in doing so. I can't decide which way i like it better. Definitely a whisky worth keeping on hand.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Dramiel McHinson

    8550/99
    Color
    Pale Gold
    Nose
    Tobacco smoke and the medicinal phenols of peat, some leather, faint hint of honey roasted almonds.
    Body
    Medium to full body, mouth warming.
    Palate
    Smokey-sweet taste of peat smoked malt slips under a peppery spice and charred oak taste. I get a taste of campfire towards the end.
    Finish
    Long lingering spicy notes, a light dry bitter charred oak taste mingles with the smoke.

    Right in there with Talisker, Laphroaig and Lagavulin. If you like smokey-peaty you'll love this Ardbeg.

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    Ardbeg 10 Years Old
    Review by Mdavis

    8750/99
    Color
    Light straw
    Nose
    Smoke, peat, some citrus peeks through with a hint of sweetness behind the smoke, but dry overall.
    Body
    Peat and smoke, slightly oily.
    Palate
    Some sweetness shows through the smoke. Citrus?
    Finish
    The sweetness fades to a drier finish and full body. Long, dry finish as the smoke leaves.

    This is a big Islay, non-chill filtered. Very fine value and one of Ardbeg's best.

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