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Ardbeg Ten

Overall rating
86.31/100
votes
2996
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

€ 43,99

107 × in wishlist

2996 × member ratings

10826 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

All versions

Category Rating
Nose
22
Taste
22
Finish
21
Balance
21

Tastingtags

259 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
“That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.” (Tyrion Lannister)
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
Vinchook
Newbie Vinchook Review note
02 Jul 2018 11:29 am
Vinchook gave this whisky 83 points

Sharp pepper hit start of nose and a slight kick on the end. Lovely earth tones. A spicy taste and long 'hot' finish on the side of tongue. Leaves a long lasting, heavy feel in the mouth. Very satisfying for a whisky lover. 


Nose: Pepper & Earth

Taste: Spicy kick

Body: Heavy & lasting

Colour: Pale straw

Weighted Rate
83.3
Nose
83
Initial taste
85
Body
86
Finish
85
Price
80
Presentation
75
Vince Sharp
Tobias B
Member Senior Tobias B Note
30 Jun 2018 12:49 am
Tobias B gave this whisky 80 points

It is a shame that Ardbeg ruined this dram which has been really awesome in former times by the extensive use of virgin oak casks. The new Ten is almost as aweful as the An Oa, this was definitely my last bottle of this one...

Bj0rnp1
Expert Senior Bj0rnp1 Review note
11 Jun 2018 3:02 pm
Bj0rnp1 gave this whisky 78 points
3-6-2017:
Nose: smoke, peat
Taste: smoke, peat, vanilla, (sea) salty
Finish: smoke, peat
Weighted Rate
78.4
Nose
78
Initial taste
78
Body
81
Finish
80
Price
75
Presentation
75
Taste with your eyes, nose and tongue. Not with your wallet. My Collection
PedroXiménez94
Member Junior PedroXiménez94 Tasting note
09 Jun 2018 1:24 pm
PedroXiménez94 gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Starker Torfrauch. Kann mich zwischen Lagerfeuer und medizinischen Noten nicht entscheiden. Irgendwo dazwischen. Räucherspeck. Nadelwald, weicher Alkohol trotz 46%. Kühlend in der Nase, für mich Zitrone. Pfeffer schon in der Nase, leichte Vanille. Diese ist verstärkt vorhanden, wenn man ein bisschen Wasser hinzufügt.

Taste

hell und mild auf der Zunge, süßer Antritt. Dann schwenkt es plötzlich in eine enorme Würzigkeit um. Pfeffer auf der Zunge. Paart sich mit dem Rauch, der mittlerweile kalte Asche hinterlässt.

Finish

lang, wärmend und rauchig. Pfeffer noch im Nachgeschmack. Rauch hält sich. Menthol-Noten, Fisherman's Friend -- Tabak Noten.

Comments

Geschmacksexplosion. Mir an manchen Tagen sogar zu intensiv

slàinte mhath
ricallende
Expert Senior ricallende Tasting note
21 May 2018 8:06 pm
ricallende gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

A combination of sweets and wood smoke, like eating smores at a camp fire. Some fruit (leaning towards citrus) and vanilla are also present.

Taste

Big and oily, turning peppery as it works towards the back of the tongue. Bottling at 46% was a wise decision! Don’t confuse “big” with rough, though. This is actually a pretty smooth customer.

Finish

Continued pepper on the tongue, and the camp fire comes back up through the nostrils. In fact, it’s as if the wind shifted and the smoke blew right in your face and stuck to your nose hairs. As the finish very, very slowly dies down, I feel like there is a hint of licorice or anise present.

Comments

thnxs to Jeff

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