Ardbeg Ten, 10 years, original bottling, 46% alc.
A few years ago, the TEN was still much darker, the new batches will contain fewer sherry barrels. But okay, you also need some good barrels for the whole no-age-statement-porrer with a lot of story for a lot of Euros. Yes, I do not think much of Galileo, Alligator and Ardbog, on the other hand I associate ... with the Ardbeg 10 years my first attempt to enjoy smoky single malt, the next day the glass smelt including the whole living room afterwards. He is a constant part of my "open".
Nose: smoke, phenol, ribs with fruit / honey marinade over freshly lit campfire. The sweetness combines pleasantly with the smoke, becomes rustic and spicy after a few minutes in the glass. Smoked fish and musty seaweed.
Palate: For the 46% but very strong. The smoke remains in the background, sweet fruit notes dominate. Spicy and powerful, a touch of metallic youth, lots of peat smoke towards the end.
Finish: Very long and warming without burning. The smoke remains on the tongue, a little bit of colored pepper.
Conclusion: I remembered it even better, but the market economy is tough. He is and remains a top painter and a great standard.
88/100 points (tasted 2014, approx. 37,00 €) posted on FB: https://www.facebook.com/notesofwhisky