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Ardbeg Ten

Overall rating 2709 votes 86.37
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

105 × in wishlist

Member rates

227 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 21
Balance 21

Tastingtags

242 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
23 Mar 2017 11:46 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 84 points

[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 old TEN from the seventies or eighties, but nevertheless very nice in its new profile).  And I scored it with 88 points (that is 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 matured spirit 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 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 tastebuds), but hopefully they create a new followership among all the new whisky afficionados that do not know how good Ardbeg and all the other great drams once tasted...

Weighted Rate
83.7
Nose
84
Initial taste
83
Body
85
Finish
82
Price
85
Presentation
84
There is no accounting for taste...
Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
06 May 2017 11:53 am
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 88 points

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 88 pts   ·FIRST-CLASS·

Weighted Rate
88.1
Nose
89
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
90
Price
84
Presentation
91
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
EinSpatzUnterVielen
Expert Senior EinSpatzUnterVielen Tasting note
08 Oct 2017 6:12 pm
EinSpatzUnterVielen gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

Zitrone, Ingwer, Pfeffer, Durchschlagpapier, Rauch (aschig), Malz, Jod, leichte Vanille, leicht Orange, leicht Apfel

Taste

Zitrone, Pfeffer, starker aschiger Rauch, dunkle Schokolade, in Espresso übergehend, ein Touch Vanille, leicht bitter und scharf werdend, etwas Thymian und Rosmarin, Enzian, Wacholder, Kumquats, Muscheln und Gischt, Tang und Jod, Apfelcider, Zitronenöl

Finish

sehr lang, Pfeffrig, aschig, zitronig, Rauch, Vanille, Kumquats, Zitronenschale, Jod und Wacholderbeeren - Zitronenöl und Asche verbleiben sehr lange im gesamten Gaumen-/Rachenbereich

Comments

Die 3% Unterschied zum Laga 16 machen sich in mehr Intensität bemerkbar, das Aromenspektrum ist aber nicht vergleichbar, auch ist der TEN irgendwie "wilder" und hinten raus bitterer und aschiger.

Gloin
Expert Senior Gloin Tasting note
01 Sep 2017 11:15 pm
Gloin gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose


Weich und süß, intensive Noten von Vanille, Zitrone und Rauch stehen gleichberechtigt nebeneinander, es folgt etwas schwächer Orange, ein klein wenig Eiche

Taste


Weicher Antritt, aber dann sofort starker Rauch, etwas weißer Pfeffer, etwas Zitrone, dann klassische Noten geliefert von Ex-Bourbon Fässern, Vanille und Karamell

Finish


Weich, Rauch, süß, dann etwas Bitternoten, geräucherte Zitrone, Rosmarin, lang

Comments


Die Nase zeigt nicht viele Eindrücke, aber diese sind sehr intensiv und harmonisch verbunden. Ich möchte nicht aufhören zu riechen. Doch auch im Mund gefällt der Ardbeg, auch wen die Intensität in aus der Nase etwas nachlässt. Der Abgang rundet den Gesamteindruck. Ein beeindruckender Standardwhisky.

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McMoulis
Member Senior McMoulis Review note
13 Jun 2017 10:14 am
McMoulis gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88
Nose
88
Initial taste
86
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
90
Presentation
90
whatthefusel
Member Senior whatthefusel Review note
17 Dec 2017 1:13 pm
whatthefusel gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.8
Nose
84
Initial taste
87
Body
85
Finish
87
Price
85
Presentation
87
maurizzio
Member Junior maurizzio Review note
14 Dec 2017 4:53 pm
maurizzio gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.5
Nose
84
Initial taste
85
Body
89
Finish
88
Price
89
Presentation
84
Kostya
Expert Junior Kostya Tasting note
11 Nov 2017 5:16 am
Kostya gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

(neat) clean, peaty, lemon juice, smoke, baked apple

(water) mild peat, caraway seed, soy sauce


Taste

(neat) peaty, sweet, lapsang souchong tea, salt, iodine

(water) sour and salty, peat, bourbon wood, light malt


Finish

medium long, sweet and dry, peppery, honey

Comments

very nice and clean peated malt, not overly complex but pleasant 

Heemhoeve
Expert Senior Heemhoeve Review note
11 Nov 2017 12:59 am
Heemhoeve gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
85.9
Nose
85
Initial taste
85
Body
86
Finish
86
Price
95
Presentation
80
Heemhoeve
Expert Senior Heemhoeve Tasting note
11 Nov 2017 12:57 am
Heemhoeve gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Heerlijke peated nose 

Taste

prachtige, ronde en volle peat whisky.


Finish

blijft veel smaak geven en komt iets terug. Verrukking. 

Comments

Prachtige whisky, must have 

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