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Overall rating
85.98/100
votes
4789
Whiskybase ID
306
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

€ 48.54

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ten

343 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.98 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. erwinnlim scored this whisky 83 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

  6. 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

  7. dimitrios scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A true staple of Islay. Bang for the buck still though I found earlier versions more intense, presumably b/c of better cask management. Still a classic, never wrong to have one on the cupboard.

  9. Burch scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Fond memories of having this out in the ice house while ice fishing. Sometimes I wonder if Ardbeg goes too far with the peat though. It's hard to learn the distillery character. You have to love your smoke. That's for sure.

    Nose: Smoldering campfire with camphor.
    Palate: Warmer and saltier but still with massive smoke. Oily.
    Finish: Smoke explosion on the swallow. Yet seems well-balanced and very long.
    Water dullens the character some.

  10. riegerjonas scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    2020-04-04
    • Nose
      very peaty, smoky, evaporates relatively quickly
    • Taste
      smoky, short oak finish, long weak peaty finish

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