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Ardbeg Ten

Overall rating
86.25/100
votes
3260
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 1:00 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 43,71

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ten

267 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.25 points

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  4. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points 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

  5. 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

  6. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/01/10/bottle-polishing-random-pairs-part-2/

    Traditional games proved popular on Ardbeg Day 2018. I won this [the last it turned out], bottle of Ardbeg 10yo by sliding a bung into one of the appropriate circles - left handed! Happy days.

    N: We start with admiration for the pungent yet tempered, vanilled sweet vegetal peated material aspect. Particulars include stewed courgettes, vanilla sponge & a curious combination of dry gherkins, sweetened swede, carrots > carrot cake >> ginger cake, pickled raisins?, hints of pickled onions, lightly sugared thick yet light smears of miso paste, nori sheets, paper, pineapple husks, dry cucumber and mild rocket,…. all deliciously moorish.
    T: Salad-like barley juice with a particular dry-peated vegetal development and savoury-vegetal travel all the way through.
    F: A long long finish directly focused around smokey bitter-vegetal peated barley > sweetcorn cobs and a touch of vanilla [that never encroaches].
    C: Excellent, and still remarkably affordable.

    LAST DRAM
    N: A fabulously simple yet sublime combination of lime relish, [34’s] grilled limes , vegetal-sweet pickle, iodine-heavy welches > muscles and pickled peas & onions - vailed with thart subtly sweet nutty peatiness.
    T: Delivers drier than expected, pleasingly ashy-dry in fact, yet when diluted, with more salivating vegetal/seaweed and a curious miso < citrus < sooty seasoning. Serge perfectly describes it as “lapsang souchong with lime, smoked almonds, kippers, plasticine, almond oil, whelks, brine, hessian” [WF]. Is it slightly thin? A touch, but it’s not a big issue.
    F: Charcoaled lime juice, Polytar shampoo, boot polish and something erm,… subtle, sweet & rootsy. Concludes peated barley-faithful.
    C: Whilst the interstellar hype for vintage Ardbeg continues, the standard 10yo remains the bastion of standards, availability & reason. No doubt many of the [thousands of] stored bottles will improve further in their glass over the coming years/decades.

    Scores a B+

  7. Issie did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, ashes, citrus fruits, honey
    • Taste
      slight tingling on the tongue, smoke, ash, citrus, green apple and this Ardbeg sweetness, of which I do not know how to describe it, some pepper
    • Finish
      medium

  8. KingKutte_4.0 scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    nice to drink it straight out of the bottle with your bro's on a bonfire on your longarm overhead - after a long day where u discovered the unknown Deanston destillery for the community

    - today just a tragic shadow of its former self

  9. SweetPeat scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Strong smoker, sweet and spicy. Not overly complex, but delicious.
    • Nose
      84 84
      smoky clothes after an evening around the campfire, cold ashes, bright fruits (apple, pear), dry, fresh popcorn
    • Taste
      83 83
      Heavy smoke (slightly less than in the nose), sweet and buttery, bacon, strong coffee, spicy wood
    • Finish
      84 84
      Very long (9/10), with creamy sweetness, the smoke remains eternal

  10. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    This is really a BFYB (Bang For Your Buck) ...
    Had never tasted an Ardbeg, but now I regret that it took so long. Topper of a whisky!
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose first gives a huge boost of peat, but not in an overwhelming way so that you are blown off your socks. After some time it gives a nice balance between the peat and sweeter keys. Citrus and vanilla are accompanied by peat. We also smell freshly cut wood and the moss in the forest.
    • Taste
      87 87
      smoky, peat, vanilla, not really medicinal
      citrus, lime
    • Finish
      88 88
      dry and reasonably long, peat in balance with sweet notes,
      salted caramel
      Actually also a good, soft campfire in terms of finish ...

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