- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 10 years old
- Bourbon Barrel
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 17 Dec 2009 8:37 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ten
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.85 points
- Motor oil, petroleum products, rubber, ash, coal, bandage, solvent, pomelo, lemon, lollipops, green plant, eucalyptus, mint, sweet apple, roasted peanuts, conifer, hint of flowers and strawberries?
- Good 10, in the top 8 for me of whiskys 12 and under. More of a daily drinker for me, not super impressive/ surprising taste, but more of a "flavors you want" whisky.
- A truly classic dram presenting the unique mineral smokiness of Ardbeg. Great quality, and not very medicinal, but sufficiently sweet.
- 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
- This was my very first peated whisky nearly two years ago. Saying I wasn’t convinced was an understatement at the time. Right now it’ll be more something like “Bring it on !”. These kind of flavour bombs are the reason a (wo)man starts drinking whisky.
Ardbeg Ten can be found everywhere. Every supermarket with a decent range or nameworthy liquor store, has it in store. The price has, influenced by demand and duties, risen towards the € 50 mark.
Typical Ardbeg peat smoke (makes sense right?) pairs nicely with rubber and used bicycle tires. A sea breeze over the pier combined with sweet vanilla flavours and citrus zest. Further up are associations of tar, blown matches and chlorine.
Water releases sweet aromas. Vanilla, black pudding with raisins and smoked bacon with a thin coat of maple syrup. Everything is garnished with some lemon marmalade.
The tongue undergoes a pleasant symbiosis of sweet and salt. Juicy pears with coarse sea salt, freshly picked mint, rosemary and vanilla. Towards the end the smoky and citric flavours return.
Adding water to this Ardbeg means adding a little more richness: black pepper, roasted milk bread and grounded coffee.
The black pepper continues through the finish with some star anise. A relatively long finish.
- Simply a great Dram!
- drink for real men
peat smoke, smoke, smoke, citrus, iodine, coal, clay
peat smoke, smoke, smoke, oil
peat, peat, peat, iodine, bitter citrus rind, maybe peat ;-)
- I had an Ardbeg Ten at Edinburgh airport, I could still taste it when i got home about 4 hours later. If you dont like peaty whisky you wont like this.