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Overall rating
86.02/100
votes
5037
Whiskybase ID
WB306
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010494195286
Added on
16 Aug 2007 1:19 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48.74

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ten

352 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.02 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    Ardbeg seems to be 'the new Macallan' - being highly collectible, heavily marketed and more and more expensive due to its popularity. Nevertheless, it's a cracking good Islay peat bomb and of consistently high quality. On the nose, Ardbeg 10 is uniquely intense with phenolic peat smoke, briny seaweed and an underlying sweetness. The arrival is big, bolt and in your face! Intense peatiness masks sweet and spicy notes in the background, leading to a long, substantial and slightly dry finish. A truly outstanding malt with way too much fancy marketing.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  Another Ardbeg re-taste:  When the new TEN was released I found it a very good, easy-to-drink dram (that by no means is comparable to the 10-years old guaranteed from the seventies or eighties, but nevertheless very nice in its new profile).  And I scored it with 88 points (significantly better than an average dram).

    Today I tried a recent bottling of the TEN and - what a disappointment:  It is rather weakish and with a drying-bitter finish.  I guess Ardbeg uses partly virgin oak casks in this recipe and these heavy tannins harm not just the balance but the mouthfeel too.

    This is most probably due to the problem that LVHM has difficulties in sourcing enough bourbon casks from the US.  The Scotch whisky boom came at a time when the US whisky industry was in deep recession - so the Scotch demand for used bourbon casks was and still is much higher than the US distilleries can supply. As a consequence the Scottish distilleries cut down the maturation times to use the same cask more often (and masked this by introducing NAS whiskies) AND (as this was not sufficient enough) they had to use virgin oak casks in addition.  For sure they market this as an intentional strategy, but it is pure despair in the end.  What can do you if you do not have enough good quality casks at your hands?

    The outcome is devastating (at least to my taste buds), but hopefully they create a new followership among all the new whisky aficionados that do not know how excellent Ardbeg and all the other great drams once tasted (before the boom)...
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The 3% difference to the Laga 16 is noticeable in more intensity, the range of flavors is not comparable, also, the TEN is somehow "wilder" and behind bitter and ashy.
    • Nose
      Lemon, ginger, pepper, carbon copy paper, smoke (ashy), malt, iodine, light vanilla, slightly orange, slightly apple
    • Taste
      Lemon, pepper, strong ashen smoke, dark chocolate, going into espresso, a hint of vanilla, slightly bitter and pungent, some thyme and rosemary, gentian, juniper, kumquats, clams and sea spray, seaweed and iodine, apple cider, lemon oil
    • Finish
      very long, peppery, ashen, lemony, smoke, vanilla, kumquats, lemon zest, iodine and juniper berries - lemon oil and ash remain in the entire palate / throat area for a very long time

  4. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    RATING: 87pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose has strong and intense notes of phenolic smoked banana pie with tobacco leaves.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is beatifuly simple but balanced with notes of fruits, burnt flowers, seaweeds and fish oil.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is impressively long and silky with notes of smoke, grilled fish and spicy oak.

  6. erwinnlim scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    A great entry level Islay malt. Value (£37) : 8/10
    • Nose
      Astray-like smoke upfront. Lemon peels and salty seabreeze. Caramel sweetness as well
    • Taste
      More drying peat and dirty earth. Still sour with limes and lemon peels but some candied ginger now. Slightly drying.
    • Finish
      Very peat forward in the finish

  7. Gloin scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose does not show many impressions, but these are very intense and harmoniously connected. I do not want to stop smelling. But also in the mouth like the Ardbeg, even if the intensity in the nose from something subsides. The finish completes the overall impression. An impressive standard whisky.
    • Nose
      Soft and sweet, intense notes of vanilla, lemon and smoke stand side by side on equal footing, followed by slightly weaker orange, a little bit of oak
    • Taste
      Soft onset, but then immediately strong smoke, some white pepper, some lemon, then classic notes supplied by ex-bourbon barrels, vanilla and caramel
    • Finish
      Soft, smoke, sweet, then some bitter notes, smoked lemon, rosemary, long

  8. Francishomola scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    This young Teenager give you middle finger when he feels like it and if you don't shut up he burns your house as well. If you cannot play mate for you sake only just go back to your gentleman Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Citric, Lively and Fresh, Smoke, Vegetal
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fishy first, Strong Peanuts flavour follow , Bitty and Nippy. Peanuts comes
    • Finish
      86 86
      Peanuts come on finish first, Fish and Smoke afterwards.

  9. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The smoke is really very harmoniously interwoven with the other aromas in the smell. It's not super filigree but I could sniff the glass all the time.
    Compared to the 5y, the taste of the Ten is more settled, clearly with a dwell time in the barrel that is twice as long. The aromas are milder and more in harmony with one another. The Wee Beastie is sometimes crisper and wilder here.
    The Ardbeg TEN is popular, for a 10-year standard this is already a house number.
    • Nose
      87 87
      In the glass, the color of the whisky, with its light straw yellow, could easily be mistaken for a white wine. Cold charcoal smoke with slight medical phenolic tendencies towards the end. The smoke is present, but by no means overwhelming - it pushes forward less forcefully than with the half-age Wee Beastie. The other flavors can be broken down well. Green crunchy apple with nice citrus notes. A gentle sweetness wafts in the background all the time, along with a hint of vanilla. From time to time, when you smell it, a trace of iodine comes into your nose, something of the sea, beach and coast.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pleasant, not too creamy, tasty mouthfeel. The smoke takes on more phenolic traits in the mouth. The lemon and vanilla from the nose are also present in the taste, the sweetness is less concise as assumed. Instead, there are now more Italian herbs such as rosemary and oregano. At the end, the oak has a pleasant tartness and a slight tingling sensation.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish has a medium-long taste. The smoke, now more cold-ashy and charcoal-like, remains in the mouth for longer. The wood of the oak barrels has a certain sharpness of ginger and a slight bitterness, too little for an espresso, rather medium-dark chocolate. In addition, impressions of vanilla and lemon zest.

  10. WhiskyRanked scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Peat, alcohol, and some underlying sweetness. Thick, and oily. After it sits, some sulphur, oil, mint notes and a good deal of pepper.

    Taste: Smoke, oil, burn, its like getting a mouth full of a campfire. Adding water cools the alcohol to a nice pepper and allows the sweetness to come through.

    Finish: short, with a burn and lingering smoke while exhaling,

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