The Ardbeg distillery is arguably one of the greatest distilleries on Earth. It produces one of the most peated Scotch Whiskies. The distillery was started in the early 18th century on the south coast of the isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, and is now owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. During the years it was closed and reopened several times, as the majority of other distilleries in Scotland, and changed owners many times; however it has never lost the genuine devotion of producing The Ultimate Islay Malt.
Ardbeg 10 Years Old is real Islay classic. It’s one of the World’s peatiest and smokiest single malts, and is revered by both peat and malt-heads around the globe. It seems like that Ardbeg has an innate quality which makes it highly collectible. Usually they’re tough to get and increase in price over time, so you could consider them a good investment. It was pronounced World Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray in 2008 - one year before the Ardbeg Uigeadail enjoyed the same award.
Color is light yellow, clear. Strong peat on the nose, with hints of saltly breeze and oak. Pallet is rich with smoke. Overwhelming peat at first, but after a couple of sips spice starts to develop, with complex oak and hints of vanilla and fresh fruit. Aftertaste is long and complex, dominated by phenols and smoke, with somewhat bitter aftertaste. A few drops of water open more fruity and vanilla flavors and suppress the smoke. Taste develops more spice and becomes more balanced. Overall very enjoyable for peat lovers, yet quite complex on the pallet.
I purchased 3 bottles. All gone and here are my thoughts. It is an inquired taste and I have to limit my daily intake to 2 shots per day. I love it. The Smokey taste is remarkable, robust and long lasting. Well done. And I am a true blue scotch drinker.
I love Ardbeg. As said before, its like sitting in a campfire. The peat smoke is unmistakable and the abv is perfect.
If you like being in a camp fire, you will love this! VERY smokey
Sweet to start and a massive Smokey finish. Not sure how I feel about it , but in a good way
Very peety. Good flavor.
An old staple. Not much else to say. Although for me personally right now AN OA is at the top.
If you like peat then this is for you.
My wife complained of the Smoke and Peat from the other side of the sofa. Perfection.
Best whiskey review I have seen so far. Cheers
Love the peatiness of it!
Smooth and smokey. Too much peat for me.
Excellent smokey scotch for you peat lovers
Unique and gives a profile that is hard to find in any other scotch.
Loving this bottle! My first peat, definitely a great value. My wife however finds the smoke flavor a bit too intense, so I suppose it’s not for everyone.
Smokey, peaty, and a little acidic. A good addition to the bar of anyone sharing those preferences.
Delicious smokey-BBQ flavors
Smoke, Peat, a slight hint of vanilla. My go to cigar Scotch.
This is my favorite Islay! Well, second after Ardbeg’s An Oa. While the peat is prominent, it is not over whelming. The final product is beautifully balanced.
Not a huge fan of peat
smooth, peaty, awesome!
This is one of my top 10 favorite whiskeys. The smell makes me immediately want smoked meat and I rarely eat ANY meat! It is true to its Islay heritage, heavily plated and delicious with with food as well as on ice, sipping a dram when I’m sitting on the patio.
Light in color, not too smokey with a buttery finish.
It’s a good whiskey, especially when you want to get spanked.
Strong smoky flavor.
Wasn't too sure about it at first, but it opens up nicely with some whiskey stones. Will definitely kick you in the mouth!
Delicious, noticeably less peaty than Laphroaig, excellent while reading or coding
To much smoke.
The nose has ample peat and it finishes very smoothly
Strongest smoke there is, like drinking a bonfire, but in a good way
I love this scotch. One of my favorites. The cool thing about this scotch is the consistency between batches and how easy it is to pick out all of the different notes. The reliability makes this the perfect scotch for any beginner.
Pale gold on the glass.
Inhalation: Oak, apple, well-rounded peat, sea salt, seaweed, moderate astringency.
On the tongue: Sharp! Mild sourness, savory brine, charcoal, pepper, caraway, toffee. Finishes with soft vanilla and subtle sweetness. Lingers.
I'm not a terribly big fan of peat but this does the job nicely due to the fact that it's got a hint of citrus/salt making it more interesting.
Really great dram, especially for the price. The citrus and peat are brilliant counterpoints to one-another.
Nice peaty tast with a pleasant fruity finish
Wasn't overly smoky.....was just right. Very smooth and dangerously enjoyable.
Loved it. Smoky, peaty, briney, sweet
Another one that you have to grow up to and it’s worth it. I must say I like it. Especially finish. Finish rules.
mmm... peat! Not overly smoky... light and sweet.
Fantastic. Great gentle smoky aftertaste. A drop of water and letting it sit for a bit opens up a alot of fruit and sweetness.
Excellent balance of light, sweet malts and dark, deep smoke on both the nose and the palate. Assertive but not harsh. Wonderful long finish with peppers, tobacco and smoky charred wood. Slightly less complex than Lagavulin 16, but also about half the price. Awesome bang for the buck and a great intro to Islay Scotch fpr newbies- and worth keeping in the rotation for vets.
Well balanced, campfire peat
A bit lighter and fruitier than Lagavulin 16 (my go-to). The long finish is quite nice.
I love heavy peat. Reminds me of roasting marshmallows over a bonfire at the beach. This bottle and the Uigeadail were my intro bottles to smokey Scotch. I definitely prefer the latter but the 10 is not to be overlooked. It opens up and gets sweeter as it sits.
Love the smokey smoothness.
My only wish is that it was the same price as Laphroaig 10.
The Woody, little sweet lingers on your tongue for a good long while.
I agree with others. A lighter version of a smokey, peaty scotch, Laphroaig. Very nice. Not over powering. Great finish.
Strong flavor and not for the faint hearted
A lighter version of my favorite smokey, peaty scotch, Laphroaig. Overall very enjoyable. The peat aftertaste feels a bit sharper than the other, but not in a bad way.
Must tell I'm not an Islay fan, but this is another world whisky. It''s flavor has the scent of the past years culture and tough wilderness of that special place..
The best of the entry level heavily peated single malt scotches. Surprisingly nuanced, and fantastic value. A dash of water controls the intensity and brings out some new flavors.
By smell and taste, I am reminded of ambesol I was given as a kid. I've never thrown out a bottle, but the thought has crossed my mind with this one. Just can't finish it.
Loved the smoke, each taste slightly diffrent.
Smokey with a bite. Nice
After the pleasant surprise of the Laphroaigh 10, it was obvious that it wouldn't take long for my wanting to try and taste the Ardbeg. Glad I did! I feel they're at the same time so different, yet similar. As with the Laphroaigh, I love the strong, bold character, including the peat and smoke, wich quickly gives way to a myriad of other notes. Definitely more earthy than the Laphroaigh, but I need some more tasting to explore them further. Hard to decide between them both though!
My absolute favorite, one of the most dynamic taste experiences I've ever had.
Too much for me, maybe I'm just a wuss.
Love the smoky profile from start to finish
Smoky and peaty! If that's not your thing - stay away. The nose is sweet with hints of vanilla and almond, and taste is Peat all the way. Thumbs up.
I had high expectations given the rave reviews, but was disappointed. Too much smoke for me, and the finish was too bitter. Nose was quite pleasant - even though I disliked some sulphur notes - but as soon as I put the whisky in my mouth the smoke seemed to overpower every other flavor. Maybe my palate isn't developed enough!
Smoky and savory
Very strong but great taste. Definitely a 2 finger sipping scotch.
I was introduced Ardbeg 10 years ago, every time I try something new, I always come back.
Nice and fairly intense
Great scotch for cigar time.
I think my whiskey tasting palate is too young for Ardbeg, I'll give it another try in a few years time.
God, røget uden det er for meget
One of the best intro Islay whiskies on the market.
The Holy Grail of Peatiness for me. Rich smokey leather with the subtle hints of citrus fruit. It's marvelous.
One of my favourite Whiskies, the peatier the better!