Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Label
Bottle code
Added on
01 Jun 2011 6:14 pm

Average value

€ 69.95

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127 × member ratings

315 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ten

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.46 points

  1. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    this was where it all started for me, in 2013. This bottle is circa 2017.

    reassessment 09/20: actually just very good indeed, yes maybe lacks texture but it's so well matured? 7/10

    old comment: it's a bit thin, this really survives on being unchillfiltered I think, but dependable stuff, good value.
    • Nose
      at first quite a bright and youthful shape, carrying understated complexity. wee drop of water: underripe pear, 'earthy, mulchy, composting leaves' peat, porridge with vanilla pods, salted lemon butter, and lapsang souchong
    • Taste
      damp leaves on a bonfire, salted lemon and lime (in fact it's almost a bit tequila), marshmallows on twigs, roasted peanuts. the form is more like a 15 yo frankly, great maturity, and going on pretty long on dank woody smoke and some salt and vinegar in the end.

  2. schengel10 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The Ardbeg TEN - the classic of this Islay Distillery; timeless good! An intense, complex, good Islay malt;
    [Color] bright white wine;
    • Nose
      like phenolic cold smoke, vanilla, sweetness, light spiciness;
    • Taste
      strong onset, first sweet, then spicy (oak, ginger), mouth-filling; above all lies cold smoke, impetuous, complex;
    • Finish
      long, smoky, maritime finish; getting dry;

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2010]  I had this during a community tasting near Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I took no further notes (I knew this stuff...)

  4. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great standard Ardbeg. Heavy, strong, peaty, smokey, but fresh.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Toschi did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      first slightly sweet notes, then strong smoke (phenolic) with citrus notes, Salmiakpastillen, sea spray
    • Taste
      short sweetness, which is quickly replaced by the strong, spicy onset, very salty, cereal notes, hay, the Salmiakpastillen from the Nosing also show up here discreetly
    • Finish
      long finish, warming. a slightly salty tingling on the palate remains, slight bitterness, the smoke sounds

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A whisky of reference.
    • Nose
      Lemon, smoke, peat, iodine, sea salt
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy, medicinal, peat smoke, some citrus.
    • Finish
      Very long and peppery, maritime, ham, smoked, charcoal.

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/ardbeg-10y-old-ein-islay-single-malt-im-wandel-der-zeit-21275/ Color: gold
    Nose: A sweet peat-tar-iodine combination with juicy citrus fruit, other medicinal phenols, spicy and salty, in the background still chocolate nuances.
    Taste: Salty, strong tar and peat notes, cold tobacco smoke, then lemon and vanilla
    Finish: very long, smoky and dry, strong peat, sweet malt, maritime flavors (salt water, seaweed)
    Review: A very successful and well-balanced single malt from Ardbeg. However, only conditionally recommended for the entry into the big, wide world of whiskys. 87 points

  9. Furtia scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. granella2003 scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Intense smoky, fruity aromas with a clear presence of barley, lemon, lime and dark chocolate which overflow into scents of smoked fish, crispy bacon with baked pineapple and pear juice. Complex but beautifully balanced!
    • Taste
      A taste explosion of barley and malt with lime and lemon in the lead role that complemented by including cinnamon, banana and blueberries. Subtle transition to a more warm and smoky taste of roasted marshmallows, licorice and tar. Truly a delight for the senses.
    • Finish
      Very long and smoky aftertaste of tar, anise, toasted almonds and hints of soft barley and toffee


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