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Overall rating
86.05/100
votes
4028
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

€ 48,67

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ten

301 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.05 points

  1. 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

  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 Junior

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

  5. Thorstii scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    WhiskyBase#001:ARDBEG_TEN[March, 2020]-88/100-

    My first review is about the famous Ardbeg Ten. On the first nose, you get the strong Islay peat which is very great and unique for what I tasted so far. The distillery character is exceptional and you can literally smell and taste the quality. When you take your time, you get a nice sweetness, some vanilla and little touch of an orange completing everything nicely. The alcohol is well integrated with its 46%. On the tongue, you get an intense, heavy smoke and directly afterwards there comes everything, we already had in the nose. The finish is long and you have smoke, some spices and oak until the end. This whisky is worth the money if you like strong peat with a nice sweetness or want to explore what a good Islay whisky tastes like.

  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. erwinnlim scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. tangtang scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A delicious smoky standard.
    You should definitely have tried it.
    Would say a big bottle is worth it.
    • Nose
      84 84
      lots of smoke, maritime, somewhat fruity and sweet
    • Taste
      85 85
      Smoky, maritime notes, nutty, light sweetness in the background
    • Finish
      83 83
      very tasty, smoke is very dominant but not intrusive.

  9. Cascode scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    There is something very accomplished and well balanced about this whisky. It has always been my favourite of the Ardbeg range.
    • Nose
      Strong peat-smoke with fruity notes to balance and a white pepper. Vanilla and brine and a notable oily lemon aroma. Sea-spray and tarry ropes in the background.
    • Taste
      The arrival is oily smoke, sour peat water, brine and lemon zest with a slightly astringent sweet taste. Caramel, smoky tea, roasted almonds, pine-tree resin and licorice in the development. The texture is oily but also dry.
    • Finish
      Quite long, crisp and clear. Salty-sweet with smoke and lemon notes.

  10. ooglewoogle scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    One of the very best standard bottlings on the market - a beautifully crafted dram at a very fair price.

    Nose - ozone straight off the Atlantic ocean...resiny island peat...iodine...seaweed...fresh and sweet.

    Palate - a surprisingly sweet arrival, a beautiful light vanilla custard with bitter brulee, surrounded by a mixture of oaky beach fire and peat hearth.

    Finish - a warming, spicy finish for days...echoes of peat moor smoke.

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