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.
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!