Ardbeg Ten

Overall rating
85.99/100
votes
5742
Whiskybase ID
WB306
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

€ 50.06

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Ten

327 users have left 385 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.99 points.

  1. aquataste scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      intense, complex, powerful peat smoke combined with iodine, sweet buttery tones, vanilla, lemongrass, a breeze of the sea, moist salty sand, some old damp wood and leather, heat with the ashes of the extinguishing campfire
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and dry with a pinch of pepper, peat smoke with iodine, damp sand, sea salt, lemongrass, slightly buttery, a little vanilla, old damp wood and leather, ash of a dimming fire
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, intense, complex, peat smoke with iodine, a pinch of pepper and salt, embers with the ashes of a dimming fire

  2. RobNagtegaal scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Nose : Peat, salty and a bit medicinaal
    Pallet: peppery, sweet and a lot of peat all the way to the Finish
    not really my tiging. but great fit Peat fans

  3. WHISKOPIJCA scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. MWhite scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Solid peated whisky, but really doesn´t compare to Laphroaig 10. It lacks in almost every category.
    • Nose
      69 69
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      73 73

  5. Tom Van G scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    geturfd

  6. JakovK scored this whisky 72 points Newbie

    I guess i don't really like peated whisky's. Interesting for sure, probably good for those who like peat but all i smell is rubber and diesel from petrol station while the taste is like an rotten/wet log.
    Definitely something that has to be tasted not just read the reviews.

  7. fnk scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good, not bad, but if head to head then Laf10

  8. FredQc scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

  9. ThorstenH scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. henryguo73 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Every time I open up this bottle I have a different experience— I have at various times found it to be salty swill and at others to be sooty fish sauce. It's this variance in flavor that I really enjoy about the Ardbeg 10, it always seems like there is something new to find in the glass, it has a great complexity which makes it exciting to pour a dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Salt and medicinal iodine assault the senses before the smokey embers of a fading fire rise up. Close your eyes and the nose transports you to a windy beach at night, the sound and smell of salt spray wash over you and mingle with the sweet smoke of a distant bonfire and the promise of warmth.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweetness of barbecued meat, caramelized sugars and fats accompanied by a wash of briny salty bog water. As it rests in the glass it develops a sweetness more like dried citrus rind, at once orange or lemon or even bergamot.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Soft mix of brine and smoke hangs across the palate. Perhaps its the pale color, or the lighter body, I always expect Ardbeg 10 to finish quicker than it does.

  12. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Deceptive in appearance, amazing in flavour. 55 PPM.

    In my pre-historical scoring method, it's a 9.2/10.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, peat, saline
    • Taste
      Sweet vanilla. A hint of lime. Smoky
    • Finish
      Long finish. Bonfire and caramel seasoned with sea salt.

  13. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Peavey scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    This malt was the initial spark for my love for smoky whiskys. A lot has already been said about the taste and smell, so I'll leave it at that.

  15. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. Obynapewno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      fresh wood smoke, orange, vanilla, fresh fruit, sweetness, mildly, a little lemon
    • Taste
      86 86
      heavy wood smoke, some sweets and salt, pepper, citrus, vanilla
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium, sweet but also very smoky and peppery

  17. TF7X scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    The smell smells strongly of peat, disinfectant and slightly earthy and salt
    • Nose
      88 88
      rubber or latex disinfection
    • Taste
      85 85
      a breath of salinity
    • Finish
      90 90
      I feel alcohol, warm and pleasant conclusion

  18. JasperKuo scored this whisky 82 points Newbie

    For me, it's too young. I mean the peated flavor too strong and you can smell intense alcohol.
    I know it's core range , its just 10 years but it can be better I think.
    Not bad, but also not great daily dram, just my opinion.

  19. hzs275 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  20. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    One of the best peat kings on Islay,
    46% alcohol, super powerful bombing,
    People who like peat should have a common memory of drinking it.
    It's a pity that the taste is still not round enough, and it is slightly disturbed by the irritation of alcohol when drinking.
    The total taste is 86 points, and the price is reduced by 1 point, for a total of 85 points.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Ginger, pepper, lemon
    • Taste
      90 90
      First lemon, then explosive Zhenglu pills, heavy smoke, espresso, pepper, seaweed, iodine
    • Finish
      84 84
      Very long lemon & Zhenglu pills

  21. AleMuse25 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Aroma: smoke and ash, tar and medicine and lightly chocolate.
    Seaweed flavor, light chocolate, dry paper, Alcohol smacks the nose

  22. CellarToberi scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Matured in ex-bourbon casks. Non-chill filtered, non-coloured. Thick slow secondary legs. Water tames down the smoke, enhances the sweetness and fruitiness. A delightful classical Islay single malt. Characterful: spirit driven.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke: medicinal, tarry. Fruits: fresh, citrus, smoked. Iodine: maritime notes. Malty notes: biscuits. Spiciness: sweet, peppery. Oakiness: ex-bourbon casks. Floral notes: fresh. Rich, full bodied.
    • Taste
      Intense. Smoky: sweet and medicinal on the arrival, develops into fresh and citrus fruits: apples, smoked fish and pepper. Maritime notes. Peat. Oily. Full bodied, rich.
    • Finish
      Long: follows the palate. Medicinal peat smoke. Spicy.

  23. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. JoachimV scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Truffy smoke, sea breeze and citrus fruit.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, lemon, thyme, white pepper and some orange.
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet smoke.

      I've tasted a lot in the meantime, but it doesn't drive me wild.
      Despite the fact that I really appreciate a peated whisky, it doesn't really appeal to me.

  25. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

  26. JSMin scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    nose : vanilla, sweet, smoky, peat, pepper, lemon and some flower
    plate : honey sweet, smoky, peat, pepper, tar
    finish : long and dry, spicy

    it is so unique but too much to me

  27. rijmerw scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Smoky goodness

  28. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Smoke, maritime, a little sweet, vanilla

    taste
    Campfire smoke, maritime, sweet, little salt, citrus

    Medium-length finish, maritime

  29. salam15 scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting against An Oa and Scorch

    Nose: Pretty empty, just can smell alcohol, then little bit of smoke and may be some very distant citruses.

    Mouth: Very light and sweet, it's hard to taste anything to be honest and then smoke hidden behind several doors, iodine and white wine

    Finish: just alcohol is burning your tonque but you can't feel anything.

    This is very different from how I remember Ardbeg Ten - citrusy, vibrant and smoky whisky. I am very disappointed by this sample.

  30. Skibinskii scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Just love it

  31. Francishomola scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    This young Teenager give you middle finger when he feels like it and if you don't shut up he burns your house as well. If you cannot play mate for your sake only just go back to your gentleman Lagavulin what is great though.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Citric, Mineral, Lively and Fresh, Smoke, Vegetal 87
      Revisited 23/03/22 compare to Port Charlotte 10
    • Taste
      84 84
      Nippy and Fishy first, Strong Peanuts flavour follow , Bitty and Nippy. Very citric with a water, Peanuts comes again Leafy, Phenolic, 86
    • Finish
      84 84
      Peanuts come on finish first, Fish and Smoke afterwards, Medium-Long Finish, Dry aftertatste 86

  32. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The smoke is really very harmoniously interwoven with the other aromas in the smell. It's not super filigree but I could sniff the glass all the time.
    Compared to the 5y, the taste of the Ten is more settled, clearly with a dwell time in the barrel that is twice as long. The aromas are milder and more in harmony with one another. The Wee Beastie is sometimes crisper and wilder here.
    The Ardbeg TEN is popular, for a 10-year standard this is already a house number.
    • Nose
      87 87
      In the glass, the color of the whisky, with its light straw yellow, could easily be mistaken for a white wine. Cold charcoal smoke with slight medical phenolic tendencies towards the end. The smoke is present, but by no means overwhelming - it pushes forward less forcefully than with the half-age Wee Beastie. The other flavors can be broken down well. Green crunchy apple with nice citrus notes. A gentle sweetness wafts in the background all the time, along with a hint of vanilla. From time to time, when you smell it, a trace of iodine comes into your nose, something of the sea, beach and coast.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pleasant, not too creamy, tasty mouthfeel. The smoke takes on more phenolic traits in the mouth. The lemon and vanilla from the nose are also present in the taste, the sweetness is less concise as assumed. Instead, there are now more Italian herbs such as rosemary and oregano. At the end, the oak has a pleasant tartness and a slight tingling sensation.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish has a medium-long taste. The smoke, now more cold-ashy and charcoal-like, remains in the mouth for longer. The wood of the oak barrels has a certain sharpness of ginger and a slight bitterness, too little for an espresso, rather medium-dark chocolate. In addition, impressions of vanilla and lemon zest.

  33. WhiskyRanked scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Peat, alcohol, and some underlying sweetness. Thick, and oily. After it sits, some sulphur, oil, mint notes and a good deal of pepper.

    Taste: Smoke, oil, burn, its like getting a mouth full of a campfire. Adding water cools the alcohol to a nice pepper and allows the sweetness to come through.

    Finish: short, with a burn and lingering smoke while exhaling,

  34. eNZzo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. Don Cassi scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Islay in its purest form: maritime, ash, smoke, iodine and at the same time sweet and fruity. For me a little less interesting than the An Oa.

    Rating: B+

  36. jykoo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Just finish my second bottle of Ardbeg Ten.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Medium+ intensity, sweet smoke, malt, citrusy, a little hint of meatiness
    • Taste
      86 86
      Medium Intensity, oily and salty. ginger, smoke bacon, pepper
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long finish, lovely umani

  37. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In a rich aroma of a phenolic-smoked banana cake with tobacco. The taste is dominated by phenolic fruits and flowers with fish oil. The finish is long-lasting, smoked, with nuances of grilled meat and barbecue sauce.

    Ardbag's Ten is one of the benchmarks of the "base malt of the distillery", perfectly tailored and balanced, a regular in the home bar.

    RATING: 87pts - | 87 - 89 (B +) → Great | - Always nice to have a bottle of this.

  38. tribe scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It always works, the standard 10 islay representative. With a nice range of spices and lots of smoke in the campfire. Also sweet and tart at the same time. I always have my BBQ sauces with me
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  39. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  40. dimitrios scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Yes! If Ardbeg, then this one. You get a darn good rich and peaty Islay whisky plus sweetpine needles as the trademark aroma. All you sometimes need, to be honest.
    It might have lost its intensity a little over the years, but the TEN is still a no-frills-yet-affordable standard.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  45. Armiil scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    After one year of whisky tasting, I thought I was ready to dive into the deep end and give my opinion about the much-talked Islay monster.

    The nose is strong and high quality, even though less smoky than I expected. The smoke dances alongside fruity nuances that come together as an olive-like aroma; top notes of citrus fruits, raspberry, strawberry, and vanilla. This is the first time the distance of smell completely changes the nose. The first sip; chili, peppery, citrus, a hint of salt, and smoke. The rubbery and coaly smoky finish lingers for a long time and leaves a minerally, motor-oily, smoked-salmon, and bitter oaky taste in your mouth in the end. It also gave me the weirdest experiences like the notes of melted snow and potatoes.

    Amazing how every curve with this whisky takes a totally unexpected turn! Every glass is like an endless oasis of aromas! Absolute must-have experience for every whisky enthusiast. 89 points.

  46. hlz30 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I almost choke my guts out when I tasted this dram for the very first time. With more experience and understanding of appreciating a dram, I now understand why Ardbeg is praised by sooooo many people
    • Nose
      86 86
      Punchy alcohol and peatiness. Burnt wood, metal, leather, fat. A few minutes of setting brings out the fresh lemon and honey. Sweat, cooked vegetables and cooked cereal found in an emptied glass
    • Taste
      84 84
      Rich texture. Tangy lemon juice and robust pepper at the tongue. Liquorice, spices and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Impressively long, with the peat smoke lingering. Some earthy and sooty notes also present

  47. Hoorhay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This used to be a bottle that I always had in my collection. Unfortunately not anymore. Right before the release of An Oa this bottling changed a lot and not to the better. Nowadays it improved a bit but not to the level where it was before Oa and Wee Beastie were introduced.

  48. Benjamin_Wang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Compared with the other core rang of the Ardbeg. Light in comparison, but strong still.
    • Nose
      Strong smoke, vanilla, citrus, matured smoke with some oiliness, like ham. a hint of honey.
    • Taste
      Fresh and clean, some vanilla, saltiness, iodine, and smoke. Some bourbon casks appeared like banana and white oak.
    • Finish
      Little bitter oak, burnt grass root. Long finish of iodine like sea spray.

  49. antoniod scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Full body, intense. Strong flavor and heavy peated on the nose. Leaves a delicious feeling. Love this one. One of my favorites.

  50. hafssol scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I had some kind of reverence before approaching this malt for the first time, so I delayed it a bit in my Islay tasting map. Once I finally purchased a bottle, I've been impressed by its strong full taste and clear natural colour.
    Not only peat in this malt, but some lemon and an intriguing medicinal taste. Thin on the palate and rich rich long finish, for a very peculiar and strong dram. Thumbs up!

  51. Mortimore scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      Dry, ashes
    • Finish
      85 85
      Warm, medium length

  52. MH90 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  53. NXI scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Like drinking vanilla tea with lemon or eating creme brulee from a very dirty, stagnant and wet ashtray. This in combination with the solid amount of iodine makes its taste profile almost unbearable for me. Along with this, although there are some nuances, I do not find anything particularly complex and exciting in this malt. I respect the natural way it is bottled, but that alone is not enough. A matter of personal perception, which explains how it is possible for so many people to love it. To each his own.

  54. Gweddry scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    significantly better after a longer ventilation period
    • Nose
      smoke, sweet, ripe pear, fruit, cappuccino, condensed milk, honey, peat, raw meat, marshmallow, gradually salty pickle with fruit and at the end a delicious omelette
    • Taste
      initially fine, then spices, peat, smoke and sharpness, coffee, sweet, cigar, marshmallow
    • Finish
      lighter smoke, salted, hazelnuts, marshmallow, candy, baked potatoes, omelette

  55. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  56. Expraesi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  57. Foudos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  58. Svjatogor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    n: peat, smoke, sweet, salt, dry fruit, complex
    t: light & sweet, peat, earthy
    a: peat, smoke

  59. Gous scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  60. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  61. Whisky_Cave scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Wonderful peat! Above expectation light drank. Nice smell that spontaneously makes you feel like tasty smoked meat. In this time of fall and inclement weather, this is such a great whisky. Keeper for the collection.

  62. Whisky_Cave scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Wonderful peat! Above expectation light drank. Nice smell that spontaneously makes you feel like tasty smoked meat. In this time of fall and inclement weather, this is such a great whisky. Keeper for the collection.

  63. Whisky_Cave scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Wonderful peat! Above expectation light drank. Nice smell that spontaneously makes you feel like tasty smoked meat. In this time of fall and inclement weather, this is such a great whisky. Keeper for the collection.

  64. Whisky_Cave scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Wonderful peat! Above expectation light drank. Nice smell that spontaneously makes you feel like tasty smoked meat. In this time of fall and inclement weather, this is such a great whisky. Keeper for the collection.

  65. Whisky_Cave scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Wonderful peat! Above expectation light drank. Nice smell that spontaneously makes you feel like tasty smoked meat. In this time of fall and inclement weather, this is such a great whisky. Keeper for the collection.

  66. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg 10 - Bottled 2018 (Code L70139 06/04/2018):⁣

    Definitely my favorite offering in the current Ardbeg core lineup.
    • Nose
      Tons of minerality, petrichor, wet rocks, sea breeze, lemon and lime citrus notes, chlorine pool water, smoked fish, oysters, cigarette ash.⁣
    • Taste
      Seawater, oysters, briny as fuck, olive juice, smoked white fish, black pepper, burning plastic, sprinkle of lime and lemon juice.⁣
    • Finish
      Brine continues, just really salty, touch of lime, fades to a pleasant lingering mild smoke.⁣

  67. GadflyDrinker scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Its just a highly marketed bottle of Islay whisky. I found nothing real special about it. The good things is, of the 4 different years I tasted, the quality control seems to go up. The score im rewarding is the avg of the 4.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  68. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  69. SRB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Re-tasting a few years later with a new bottle.
    Overall very flat, boring and "watered down". I gave the last bottle 87pt.

    With a few drops of Caol Ila at barrel strength, the Ardbeg Ten is easy to drink, I give my Vatting 88pt;)
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  70. Johnholsteen scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Very nice smoky whisky with a good aftertaste.

  71. SRB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  72. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  73. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  74. Thorstii scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Daily dram by Ardbeg
    • Nose
      Strong Islay smoke, vanilla, hints of orange and sweetness
    • Taste
      Intense, strong smoke, nice play of sweetness
    • Finish
      Smoke, oak, spices
      Finish: long

  75. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A classic that suits every occasion and season. Little fruit but a lot of smoke and spices. Well composed. Great.
    • Nose
      88 88
      dry hay, earthy, pu-erh, mineral, sea salt, grapefruit, lime
    • Taste
      87 87
      oily, tobacco, cumin, clove
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium-long, dry, cold ash, smoked tea, campfire, a little sage, rosemary

  76. Willum scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  77. Andreas W. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  78. YD84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  79. Dietemann scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  80. Mordeth scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  81. vmp scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Excellent value and one of the best 10 year olds. Not as phenolic as a laphroaig. More of a vegetal peat monster
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very clean and crisp on the nose. Vegetal peat, slightly phenolic, lemon candies, salty, sweet
    • Taste
      86 86
      Citrusy, very sweet, sour and salty, slight phenolic peat, some engine oil
    • Finish
      87 87
      very long, phenolic peat. quite spicy. slight hint of vanilla. Slight bitterness

  82. Auriverdes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  83. Jabarkas scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Non chill-filtered. Naturally coloured. Very well priced. In its price range it actually stands on the top of "Islay-styled" whiskies. Perhaps kinda one-dimensional. But if you like a good peat, you will love this one. A great mix of peat and bourbon sweetness.
    • Nose
      Mainly peat on the nose.
    • Taste
      Very peaty, smoky, a hint of caraway.
    • Finish
      Again some peat that is here to stay for a while. Sweetnes from quality bourbon casks.

  84. DramJammin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  85. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted this agsinst Lagavulin 16 and Talisker 8 DE. This one has the most unique smoke notes.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The alchohol can be felt biting the nose. Intense earthy peat smoke, rubber, dry & unmalted barley, fermented wash, citrus, smoldering wood fire.
      Smells like a smoky craft beer!
      Reminds me so much of the washbacks at the destillery where I work!
    • Taste
      89 89
      A lot of peat, broiled meat, burnt plastic, charred wood, old oak, pepper, sweet, late night beach fire.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A lot of ash! Smoky, oaky, malty and peppery. Quite interesting combination of flavours, whic I struggle to describe.

  86. erwinnlim scored this whisky 81 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

  87. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

  88. 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.

  89. ooglewoogle scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    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.

  90. Maltlife scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Cold fireplace / fairly ashy; fruity notes behind (light); medical; Iodine and seaweed; rubbery.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Here too ashy and smoky, phenolic notes; medical; lies oily on the tongue; not very demanding in my eyes.
    • Finish
      80 80
      And ashes and cold smoke again; rather short and not very complex.

  91. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    tested version: 07/16/2019
    L2364382
    • Nose
      88 88
      Quite delicate nose, ultimately medicinal, not at all alcoholic. Earth, ashes, gentian, a little synthol, orange peel. Impression of oily fish, oily nose, maritime. More gourmet background on dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Superb mouthfeel, oily, oily, with a good balance of iodine / peat / medicinal notes. A little sweet but not too much. A little earth and ashes like on the nose. harmony is perfect. Traces of lemon and orange zest, bitter cocoa.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Rather long, but it may be the only time the 46% feel. The whole remains warm, on peat, iodine, medicinal plants, a little drier and more earthy than the rest.

  92. marmeladow scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Smoke and variety of flavors - a complete pleasure. Tastes of the sea and more
    • Nose
      intense smoky notes, hint of sweetness
    • Taste
      full-bodied with initially sweet fruit, but then powerful Islay aromas (smoke and sea)
    • Finish
      persistent, smoke and clearly spicy

  93. InbhirNis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Fresh, sharp, pronounced rubber, gentle peat. Rhubarb note emerges and grows in strength. Salty minerality, like Cornish tap water!

      With water: farmy notes, wet wool. Not hugely expressive, seems to lose power quite quickly.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Lovely balance, crystalline sweetness and rubbery peat. Pleasant, coating-but-light mouthfeel.

      With water: saltier, icing, hazelnut.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long, ashy, sweetness turning to peppery spice.

  94. fdlarry scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Big taste for the money. Not for the peat haters.

  95. Martin1965 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, smoky, phenolic smoke, citrus
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruit, light vanilla hidden under heavy smoke
    • Finish
      Long and smoky, spicy

  96. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  97. Easty79 scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Not bad, smokey but a bit harsh - not as smooth as others.

    A good buy at 50 euros, if it follows other Ardbegs it will go for higher prices int he future. Good to stock up now for a nice dram at a good price.

  98. Khaanara scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  99. YD84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  100. Pyromann scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ten-year-old Ardbeg, what to add to it. Smoke, coal bomb (I've also seen and drank bigger :)). Distinctive and distinctive whisky. An obligation for every lover of Islay.
    • Nose
      Smoke, coal, smoke, burnt rubber
    • Taste
      Surprising density, oiliness, smoked, coal, smoke. I was also surprised by a little candy.
    • Finish
      Smoke, coal, long finish, as is usual with Ardbeg.

  101. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    Smoky, tar, ink, liquorice, oriental spices bazaar

    Taste:
    full, engaging, strong, intense, warm, malty-sweet, prickles on the tongue

    finish:
    Very long spicy finish, smoky, potato chips with smoked bacon / ham, sweetish-salty on the palate, cigar smoke.

    * slightly fruity and softer with water.

  102. Emperor69 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Isla classic. The smokiest, smokedest regular release of the marvelous island and it feels great.
    Color: pale dried straw (no dyes).
    Body: quite dense, oily.
    Nose: dry, aromas such as campfire, peat, tar, sunflower oil, tarpaulin boots, railway sleepers, dry pine branches, chalk stand out quite distinctly at first. Then spice motifs emerge: cloves, black pepper, ginger, mint and vanilla. And in the background, after standing a little in a glass of whisky, it gives off sweet nuances of toffee, baked pineapple, pulp and peel of pre-squeezed grapefruit and lime.
    Taste: as if literally "drinking" a sweet fire. Against the background of burnt wood, sea salt, honey nectar with freshly squeezed citrus juice, papaya, cappuccino with a creamy milk cap and spices at the end.
    Finish: warming, very long, espresso, nuts, light woody tannins.

  103. STL scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is quite delicate. In addition to the typical peat at Ardbeg, it develops around vanilla and green apple. There is a real invitation to tasting thanks to a latent sweetness (almost honeyed)
    • Taste
      84 84
      The mouth is pretty round. In addition to Granny smith, touches of citrus (lemon yellow?) Blend in a beautiful harmony. Unfortunately, peat is a little dry
    • Finish
      82 82
      The finish is astringent. The dryness of the first mouth is accentuated and spoil a little greed announced to the nose and partially confirmed in the mouth. Too bad, even if it remains a good quality / price ratio

  104. whiscratch scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  105. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Reference whisky, despite the fact that this is the initial sample in the line. One of my favorite molts.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Railroad, engine oil, smoked fish, greedily sprinkled with ground pepper and salt, more fruit, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Smoked, salted, high in pepper.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Burnt meat, squeezed lemon, brown bread, sunflower oil.

  106. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  107. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My rating is for the 2015 release early in the year (march) in USA. In 2012-13 it was practically undrinkable. Now it's just okay.

  108. Echnaton scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  109. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, citrus, vanilla, seasalt, briny, iodine
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, fruity (lemons, limes, citrus), vanilla, salty
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, seasalt, dry, citrus

  110. 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

  111. Collegiate scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Still a favourite and imo one of the best entry level OBs out there. Aggressive peat. Leans more on the sweet than medicinal. Acidic with a nice burn on the finish that I have come to expect from recent Ardbegs. Not as oaky or off putting as I have found current Laphroaigs to be by comparison. Real BFYB depending on where one lives. Sadly overpriced here in several Canadian provinces, but still a very worthwhile dram.

  112. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/feis-ile-2018-ardbeg-day/

    I rarely win prizes, but today, Ardbeg Day was also my day.

    N: Sweeter and saltier than the Kelpie.
    T: A salty chewy rounded mouthful.
    F: More bitter on the finish whilst maintaining its vegetal herbal quality throughout.
    C: As excellent and dependable as always. I’ll have a full review of my bottle win in due course.

  113. AdamsB scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Keanu Reeves drank this whisky at "Constantine" movie. Very good, smoky, peated whisky. Fantastic to alternative daily use.
    • Nose
      79 79
      sweet fruit, peat, toffee vanilla, sea wind, lemongrass
    • Taste
      87 87
      mix sweet fruit with peat smoke, licorice, lemon, a slightly bitter taste of espresso
    • Finish
      83 83
      long smoke, slightly honey

  114. MGHOW scored this whisky 65 points Member Senior

    The last time I had a bottle of this consumed over the space of roughly a week, I noticed it contained some volatile alcohols which I could perceive after a few drinks and more explicitly the morning after.

    Some whiskies are perhaps more assiduously and conscientiously produced but Ardbeg is probably a victim of its own success and the quality control of the distillate and final product suffers....and noone seems to notice.

    But I know my alcohols and I know when I get a headache something is wrong.

    So I will avoid Ardbeg until further notice.

  115. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    One of my first love, with an exceptional price / quality ratio.
    • Nose
      Peat, citrus, apple, a bit of leather and a little bit of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Peat, bit of citrus and peppery? Bit of dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long, peat, leather, slightly dry

  116. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  117. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Still a goal reference, albeit a bit easier, in my opinion. Peat, a light sweetness, some citrus, but delicious.

  118. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    bääää
    the smoke dominates
    too one-sided
    • Nose
      Smoke - cold ashes
      easy sweetness gets stronger
      slightly vanilla
      some grass
      slightly gum
      stings something in the nose
    • Taste
      strong on the palate
      slightly smoke
      black rubber - car tires
      slightly salt
      Sweet - vanilla
      Plastic - cheap foil
      chemical - chlorine?
    • Finish
      long
      black rubber
      cold smoke
      slightly phenolic / iodine

  119. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 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+

  120. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • 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

  121. KingKutte_4.0 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    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

  122. 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

  123. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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 ...

  124. Moses scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    In a relaxed atmosphere with nice boys you don't say no. That's why I tested the TEN. But we never become friends! Fact.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Smoke. Smoke like I don't like it. Smoke with extreme notes. This smoke doesn't go, unfortunately ... without me. But full and sweet.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Too smoky for me. Everything is covered by this kind of smoke. Endless smoke. Normally sweet with a little vanilla. Seasoning is formed when adding. But there is always smoke outside the window. I can't, sorry.
    • Finish
      82 82
      This ashy etc. "what do I know smoke" makes it long and very warm, but I will probably only get to know Ardbeg later on my whisky trip. Just a short sentence about this whisky that doesn't really suit me. For the time being, no more Ardbeg. Sorry.

  125. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    oily peat and yellow fruits!
    • Nose
      the basic common islay
    • Taste
      spices lighter woody, some burnt meat, lemon again.
    • Finish
      effective!!

  126. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    When I breathe a glass of Ardbeg Ten, I always feel like I'm getting a little punch in the face. 54 ppm. Yes, it's violent, it's well smoked peat that explodes on your nose, pure peat with very few nuances, but very round. By insisting all the complexity is revealed, we smell oil, salt, wet grass, earth, spices, caramel, blood oranges, and a hint of ginger. All in a perfect balance. Alcohol plays elbows and muddies the waters, it abuses our senses, it is not an easy drink, it is a furious and excited horse. The rodeo continues on the palate, with all the pepper and spices pouring into it, it's earthy, well salty, slightly caramelized, intense, with a hint of citrus on the finish, maybe clementine. What an explosion when it comes time to swallow! We are like immersed in the earth, the caramel and citrus fruits stand out. It is very long and oily in the mouth, the malt clings to the palate and leaves echoes of smoke. We come out as stunned.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/04/ardbeg-ten-46-original-bottling-core.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  127. Vinchook scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    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 kickBody: Heavy & lastingColour: Pale straw
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  128. Tobias B scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    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...

  129. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    03-06-2017
    • Nose
      78 78
      smoke, peat
    • Taste
      78 78
      smoke, peat, vanilla, (sea) salty
    • Finish
      80 80
      smoke, peat

  130. PedroXiménez94 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Taste explosion. To me on some days too spicy (times it tastes incredibly good .. to the 90 - sometimes just under 80, hence the 85)
    • Nose
      Strong peat smoke. Can not decide between campfire and medical notes. Somewhere inbetween. Smoked bacon. Coniferous forest, soft alcohol despite 46%. Cooling the nose, lemon for me. Pepper already in the nose, light vanilla. This is more prevalent if you add a little water.
    • Taste
      light and mild on the tongue, sweet onset. Then it suddenly turns into a tremendous spice. Pepper on the tongue. Pair me with the smoke, which now leaves cold ashes.
    • Finish
      long, warm and smoky. Pepper still in the aftertaste. Smoke is holding. Menthol Sheet, Fisherman's Friend - Tobacco Sheet.

  131. ricallende scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    thnxs to Jeff
    • 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.

  132. spxcedxg scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  133. jeoff scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  134. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2014/05/26/ardbeg-ten-2013-ob-46/
    • Nose
      N: partiamo dalla dolcezza, bella intensa, bella scoperta: pera acerba, frutta candita (un gran limone) e marzapane. A questa base si uniscono, molto ben integrate, tutte le caratteristiche isolane che colleghiamo ad Ardbeg: una torba aggressiva, vegetale, che ci ricorda le alghe; quindi, ben presente una nota salmastra e marina; poi un fumo acre di catrame e gomma bruciata. È tutto qui, semplice e brutale nella sua complessità.
    • Taste
      P: l’attacco è tutto sul dolce intenso (marzapane, liquirizia), poi in bocca vanno crescendo un fumo di torba assai intenso e aggressivo e un sapido/salmastro inarrestabile (proprio acqua di mare). Pepato alla grande, con punte tostate, su chicchi di caffè. Limone.
    • Finish
      F: secco e con un fumo esasperato, acre, torba, legna bruciata, lieve pepe. Salmastro.

  135. RobIsrael scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: Licorice, lemon, plastic, chalk and peat

    Taste: Big on the peat, also touch of lemon and anjovis

    Finish: Peat, licorice, some fishy notes

    Conclusion: If you want peat this the best value whisky you can get.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  136. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  137. oppi scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoky and slightly sweet
    • Taste
      Smoky Full Some sweetness

  138. Kumachan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Empty glass sent dried fish, ash and vanilla sugar. A very nice moment for an indispensable. If it were necessary to sound a subjective note, it would be a 88.
    • Nose
      Squeezed lemon squeeze, almost cream neutral. Tears long, slow and fine. I like this peat greedy and fat, iodized, salty, menthol. A diesel side not unpleasant recalling the child who sniffs the smell while mum is refueling. Tar and tobacco ash, smoked and earthy, the hot rock of the seaside, granite. The zest of lemon and licorice ferments this beautiful nose.
    • Taste
      It's tender and dry in the mouth, not the slightest sensation of alcohol. The granite in entry then the dry peat, terror, on the ash and the salt, the algae. Becomes sweeter and fatter, your volume. Lemon peel and menthol close the pace. It's very marine.
    • Finish
      Long finish on zan, ash and smoke.

  139. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wonderfully maritime and salty. More and more iodine, citrus zests and a subliminal sweetness of vanilla and apple. Later also fishing nets and leather.
    • Taste
      Mid-weight, oily body. Wonderfully smoky, peppery, citrus-toned and peaty with resinous herbal tones of juniper, rosemary and cedar. Gradually, also develop a herbal liqueur-like sweetness.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet smokiness and pepper.

  140. joerg.scheid scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Not necessarily an entry-level malt, though it was my first bottle bought. Has rough edges, but who likes peaty whiskys, has the typical Islay character in the glass here. Brutal, open, honest! Is and remains one of my cheapest favorite malts.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  141. joerg.scheid scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Has rough edges, very interesting malt, perfect all-day dram.
    • Nose
      Smoke, salt, seaweed and citrus notes.
    • Taste
      First peat, then sweetness with pepper, later vanilla and heather. Explodes on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Strong, peaty, yet harmonious and round. Very long finish.

  142. Simo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      87 87

  143. whatthefusel scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  144. maurizzio scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  145. Kostya scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  146. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  147. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Prachtige whisky, must have 
    • Nose
      Heerlijke peated nose 
    • Taste
      prachtige, ronde en volle peat whisky.
    • Finish
      blijft veel smaak geven en komt iets terug. Verrukking. 

  148. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Price is splendid (in NL). Presentation is great; little chill-filtration, little (if any) coloring.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  149. Hoorhay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      peat, citrus, mint, chocolate, honeycomb, vanilla, seaside, old wood, smoke
    • Taste
      citrus, sweet, peat, smoke, earth, seaside, cinnamon
    • Finish
      embers, citrus, veggies, seaside,  earthy, leather

  150. Dyno scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  151. ApricotOne scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  152. Lorion scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Always good. 81st
    • Nose
      Very smoky, sweet, a little vanilla.
    • Taste
      Full, sweet-smoky, spice develops, which dominates in the Nachschmecken.
    • Finish
      Long, ashy, warm.

  153. Noface83 scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    Blind Parallel tasting of sample # 1 and sample # 2 in comparison Nose: # 1 - spicy smoke, pepper and spice cloves in campfire smoke, some lemongrass and vanilla, an overwhelming lemon sweet sweetened by spicy oak notes and smoky aromas # 2 - grassy and maritime, both the sweetness and the acidity of lemon, a pinch of salt and aromatic smoke. In addition, menthol fresh from the alcohol and a hint of caramel and vanilla. Taste: # 1 - strong spicy onset with plenty of pepper and smoke, the alcohol is now more present than in the nose, to the back then sweeter flavors (caramel, Zironensorbet) paired with warm ash. This ash note combined with some salt water and the now slightly drier sweetness accompanies you through the medium-long finish. # 2 - smoother and smoother with a hint of aromatic smoke and vanilla pudding with a splash of lemon juice, the finish being longer than # 1 adds a peppery oak and a good dose of wood with the warm smoke and maritime touch now add malty sweetness. Great taste - that's how an Islay Malt must taste. I liked the # 1 in the nose a little better with the flavor of the # 2 convince more with its power and fullness in the finish. The # 1 does have a bunch of flavors but they are not so interwoven and there was a lack of depth / substance. # 2 looks more mature and deeper, but also a bit simpler in the fullness of the aromas. But sometimes that's exactly what makes a good Islay smoker. Both are still quite young and without the smoke bonus would probably be a simple highlander for the Blend industry. Therefore, the 80+ pts are already a very good rating. Blind I give the # 1 good 80 pts . and the # 2 gets 84 pts. Both are good and fun but I would prefer # 2 when buying a bottle. Resolution (even sealed in the envelope - so just travel ^^) # 1 = Ardbeg An Oa 46.6% # 2 = Ardbeg Ten (the current Warehouse Edition) 46% Ah interesting comparison - the An Oa is definitely delicious and better than the counterparts of Laphroaig (Select) and Talisker (Skye) but also a bit more expensive than this one. Yes, it's different than the TEN (looks more like a mix of Corry and Ugi diluted down to TEN level) but as long as there are the three classics I would not see any reason to buy this whisky. But whoever bought it certainly did not do anything wrong. He is delicious. I have not had the TEN in the glass for a long time and so with a little bit of distance, you realize once again what a great drop that is and is rightly considered a classic!
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  154. 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

  155. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  156. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A big classic and favorite. But the sherry line is better for the Ardbeg I think.
    • Nose
      Smoke. Camphor, salt and malt. Herbals, phenol, iodine. Vanilla and fruits.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Camphor, smoke, cocoa. Herbals, vanilla, Verbena candys.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, spicy.

  157. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  158. Avatar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Slightly smoky, wet campfire, iodine. Also smell citrus fruits. Sweet in the taste, slightly peppery in the aftertaste. Remains reasonably long.

  159. 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

  160. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  161. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    not quite as good as i remembered, beautiful fruitiness and smoke but falls a little short on the intensity

  162. theograph scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A nice smoky single malt! Classic!
    • Nose
      Smoke! Yellow fruit and lemon;
    • Taste
      Heavy smoke (medical), iodine, subtle maritime touch, warm car gum, tar (and how!), Lemon and a distinctly soft, bright fruit note! Malt!
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, smoky and lemony;

  163. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A magnificent young smoky mole, coarse and assertive, simple, but bright and full.
    • Nose
      A powerful, rough wave of smoke and smoked products, wood and coal, the smell of leather, weak notes of engine oil and raw, rinsed grain, heated dusty boulders moistened by summer rain, sometimes something elusively fruity and citrusy slips in the background.
    • Taste
      Smoky-sweet, a kind of syrup from Lapsang suhong, pine resin, spices, ginger.
    • Finish
      Sweetish pepper, peat, skins of oranges, medium duration.

  164. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  165. kimmosuo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  166. Dottore scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I associate great memories and crash evenings with this whisky. Meanwhile, I find it one-dimensional, overvalued and a bit boring. Still a good whisky for the price. 82 points
    • Nose
      Medical notes, disinfectants. Campfire. Metal. Then vanilla, mint and citrus
    • Taste
      Creamy, pretty sweet. Hardly any fruit notes maybe a bit burned apple pie. Malt beer.
    • Finish
      pretty short. Especially smoky. I miss the certain something in the finish here. Little spice, hardly sweet. pale

  167. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Has something I do not like and can not identify, this Ardbeg-Nebengeschmack is simply not at all
    • Nose
      Hospital by the sea, peat, moss, some citrus and orange zest, also something tart floral behind
    • Taste
      Sweet spice, dark malt, peat everywhere, smoke and fog over old moss soil
    • Finish
      Medium length, peat, some malt and smoke

  168. Ciro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  169. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A good single malt whisky, never a disappointment. I have to review the points I gave this whisky 7 months ago.
    • Nose
      Tears coming down slowly in the glass.Looks promising.Green apple is the first that comes up to me. Very soft peat and sweety smell.
    • Taste
      Soft in the mouth with a bit burning peat after.Vanilla coming trough and gets more intensif. Fresh fruit and citrus. It's a mix of sweet and sour. The water makes it sweeter and fresh.
    • Finish
      Medium long and smokey.

  170. 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

  171. Fortuna1895 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Who likes powerful and who Laphroaig is too medical, which is served well here.
    • Nose
      Smoked fish, including lemon and a hint of grapefruit. Sour vanilla, notes of machine oil, fresh paved road in the rain. Add a little water and pour thick smoke over a bowl of lemon juice. A tiny little medical touch.
    • Taste
      Oily mouthfeel. Sweet fruit, then a gigantic wave of smoke. Pffefrig. A few sweet citrus bumps mate with oily machine parts. Becomes much more pleasing with water. The smoke becomes more moderate, vanilla sweetness shimmers through lime tones.
    • Finish
      Fierce smoke with increasing sharpness. Pepper & salt, God's got it ... Behind it a hint of salty green olives & lemon oil. Citrusy with water, then suddenly sweetened. Long & pleasant finish. The smoke returns late.

  172. AAA scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  173. chlinatele scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My first bottle of smoky whisky. I liked it very much. Especially the smoke and the sea salts have done to me. Not as medically iodine as Laphroaig. Very interesting Malt by Ardbeg at a reasonable price
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  174. valery77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  175. whisky-malt did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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

  176. Malty-Malt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  177. stoigniew scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  178. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Top Ten
    Ardbeg Ten... well, that hardly needs any kind of introduction, of course. It is a standard whisky, but of such good reputation that it belongs in each and every whisky cabinet. I have tried several batches and they are all - in my opinion - very close. So hat's off to the master blender, in casu Dr Bill Lumsden. Today I will try a Ten that was bottled on 17th November 2015.
    Classic Ardbeg nose with some lime, apples and vanilla that are soon joined by the typical maritime elements such as brine, peat smoke and something that reminds me of gasoline. Some burnt wood and even some smoked ham in the background make this nose a joy for the lovers of this type of Ileach.
    The peat rears its head from the very first sip. And while this Ardbeg remains sweet and creamy it's that salty edge and those notes of peat that give this it's complexity. Lots of mineral elements as well. It's like having gravel in your mouth, so to speak. I quite like this.
    That mineral side is extra powerful in the long and warm finish.
    Yes, Ardbeg Ten remains a top dram. Bull's eye every time. Thanks for the sample, Pat!

  179. martinni scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  180. uap304 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It seems a bit one-dimensional overall.
    • Nose
      Fresh vegetal peat, sour citrus, dark chocolate. After much time, lychee and pear.
    • Taste
      Crisp, thin, dry, oily, youthful. Damp dirt, smoked ribs, salt.
    • Finish
      Creamy. Sweet and savory.

  181. JimmyLeg scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Ralfy's latest review:

    http://whiskyreviews.blogspot.ca/2017/01/ralfy-review-617-ardbeg-10yo-re.html

  182. abt72 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      95 95

  183. irrerelevant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Campfire, salt-breeze, seaweed, sugary sweetness, touch of oak
    • Taste
      smoke, banana, rye, bread, licorice, vanilla
    • Finish
      long, smoky and sweet with american oak

  184. McKen did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    87/100
    • Nose
      Straight away ashy and peaty. A bomb! Medicinal but also sweet. At the back there is a syrupy note like caramel.
    • Taste
      Ash again! Also coffee and some pepper. I taste some citrus and salt. It's wonderfully complex! Almost like a bonfire in a bottle.
    • Finish
      Medium. An ashtray but in a good way. Do I detect some pear at the end?

  185. KOQ24 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    -white pepper,acidic,Ash,Spruce,Vanilla,Seawater,Iodine

    Taste:
    -Honey,Herbs,white pepper,Ash,Spruce Needles,Vanilla

    Finish:
    -dry with medium-strong Alcohol Presence

    O:
    This is Islay's best 10yo bottling.
    And, as opposed to their special Releases, this is appropriately priced.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      70 70

  186. Era68 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  187. Era68 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      More intense and full of peat / campfire smoke
    • Taste
      Late start with a little sweet caramel. Then strong with very intense, spicy smoke. I personally miss a little something.
    • Finish
      Very long finish, malty and not very sweet. Drying with a lot of smoke.

  188. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose:- Strong aroma of sugar cane enveloping the gentle iodine smokiness. Profound but delicate.

    Palate:- Obvious herbs characters on waves of burnt caramel, savoury popcorn. Excellently balanced.

    Finish:- Spicy at first but still mild and gentle on palate. Minty and refreshing. Short-medium length.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  189. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  190. vojt466 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    After a lighter start, the smell of smoke comes from the chimney and mainly spices - it is very good, but it is very drunk
    • Nose
      Sea and smoky :) You could say a soft, light and sweet smell with a smoky undertone - woody, seaweed, mint, chalk, chocolate, fine fruit tones and of course peat in the form of oily smoke from the chimney
    • Taste
      The taste is beginning to be a bit more unbounded - the initial grace of the peat and the smoke from the burned briquettes, after a while spices come in, the woodiness, chocolate biscuits, but also salty, citrus - good but maybe too much spicy, sometimes it tears the taste buds to pieces
    • Finish
      In reverberation peat, burned gum, toasted toast, again a lot of salt, woodiness, and enough spice - the reverberation is crushing and the person feels in the bite still on the 2nd day

  191. moab21 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A landmark for smoky islay whiskys. You may like to keep what you want from whisky marketing, you can make whisky. As entry into the Corerange really gigantic.

  192. emptycask scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nose:

    Peat smoke hits at first, also some ash in there, salty and a sweet and soured pickle note. With water: Citrus, green apple, vanilla.

    Taste:

    a rather clean, dry and salty arrival, again dominant on peat smoke, then also some green sour apple, biscuits, licorice, this all supported by a gentle vanilla note.

    In the development, red spicy pepper and the licorice turns more to fennel.

    Finish:

    Quite long, with pepper and fennel licorice sweetness.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  193. dRambo scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  194. Grutslurp scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Peaty, savoury and a little fruity. Not too busy, just damn solid whisky.
    • Nose
      Peat, beach, seawater, hint of vanilla and a little bit of lemon peel or maybe oil.
    • Taste
      Smoky peat, salt, vanilla-caramel sweetness, pear and black liquorice.
    • Finish
      Lovely warmth, slightly bitter, liquorice, wet peat, more pears and still some lemon oil.

  195. Whisky_Philippe scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  196. Whisky_Philippe scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A nice whisky, where not all edges are designed. Much smoke and yet still sweet and salty, maritime
    • Nose
      Peat, clear smoke Salty, Medical, Maritime Light sweetness Vanilla and citrus notes
    • Taste
      Smoke and peat Vanilla and lemon Sweet and salty Maritime notes
    • Finish
      Smoke and peat persist for a long time Sweet, vanilla, maritime, salt

  197. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Overall a pleasant to drink smoky whisky with a clear line
    • Nose
      Lemon and peat
      some cereals
      and sweet toffee
      Smoke reminiscent of fish and wood
      salty maritime
      with exercise, the medical comes out well
    • Taste
      soft start
      the aromas form on the palate
      comparable to the nose
      Licorice is then significantly added
      becomes Ardbegtypisch in the mouth sweeter with time
    • Finish
      he gets stronger on the palate
      Bratapfelsaft
      Fassaromen form
      otherwise the flavors of nose and mouth again
      Lakrtitze also very clear here
      coffee flavors

  198. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Review of the points after a few other tastings.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  199. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      77 77

  200. dRambo scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      60 60

  201. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  202. peterjpvanas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Colour: straw - Honey, light

    Nose: peat is the early note. There is no way around it...but that is the signature of Ardbeg. Then a bit of vanilla, and a sense of sea-side. But also a hint of citrus + a bit of cinnamon.

    Taste: The heavy peat eventually makes place for the more subtle favours; cereal and bare notes appear, peppers, a bit of lime, still vanilla coming through. Also solvent, am I dreaming or is there a bit of liquorice hidden in there too? apples also linger through. Quite complex, despite its peaty signature

    Finish: good length, smokey with a bit of barley lingering through

    Bottle is characteristic for Ardbeg, green glass, tall
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  203. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  204. Kahzarr scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Wow! That's what I call a cinnamon bomb!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      88 88

  205. pianoman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Smoky fire, wet wood. Smoked trout with lemon. Some peach.
    • Taste
      Sharp smoke. Lemon. Sand.

  206. whiskybros scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    View our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Ardbeg-10yo/c21kp/574d50cf0cf290d83d88fbd5
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  207. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    25/03/2015. This release is a VAST improvement over the 2013 disasters of the Ten. So sad then, but so much better now! Nose is a bit young, but not as young as the Dark Cove which has a stone ground agave tequila scent. This has a slight tequila scent, but not as bad (no, I do not prefer that scent in single malts that are supposed to be ten or more years old. In a younger one, sure, like a Bunna perhaps, which I just drained at cask strength from Berrys'). 

    The palate is a bit flat on this one, but still very good. A gentle loving Ardbeg that one can really settle down with and read a book. The kind of Ardbeg to enjoy with other activities, rather than trying to focus on it as the main event. 

  208. Waykid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Still a noteworthy basic-line malt.
    • Nose
      Barbeque and grill-smoke, corned beef, a slightly bitter saltiness, smoked ham, dried fruits: apricot and papaya, liquer pralines. Opens up with water to a very pleasant syrupy vanilla note. A littlebit fresh leather.
    • Taste
      At first a rather bitter smokiness, green apple, turns quite sweet with water, strong salmiak lozenges from the apothecary, a bit of aspirin, young and rawish, but eligible. This time even kind of light and very siffable. The delicious sweet vanilla intensifies with time.
    • Finish
      Quite bitter smoke at first, softens quite a bit with time.

  209. Spirit of Delphi scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Smell: smoke, tar, sea Taste: strong smoke over sweet fruit note, the 46% does not notice at all Balance: beautifully balanced and complex under the persistent slightly tarry smoke Finish: long-lasting smoke Overall impression: very good whisky, the smoke is a bit too strong for me Points: 88

  210. Raymon_psv scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Very tasty for a smoky whisky!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  211. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A basic entry very acceptable, with peat and yellow fruits acid (lemon), plus a side pastry subtle!
    The peat "gives" the voice in the mouth, in a strong but monolithic way, markedly, and the spices come then.
    The retro-olfaction remains medium to long with a spicy peaty return very present!

  212. Laga93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  213. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  214. 11insomnium scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nosing: Strong peat smoke and light sweetness, some citrus, musty, old fuel oil and mothballs

    Tasting: Strong, spicy alcohol, intense peat smoke, vanilla sweetness, floral perfume, charcoal

    With water: Lighter, fresher and more fruity, still vanilla sweetness

    Comment: Something about the dentist like Laphroaig 10

  215. Opeth83 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  216. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Jum! Islay peat. Good price quality ratio if you like a solid islay.
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, ash, leather, citrus fruit. Medications and maritime, sea salt.
    • Taste
      Peat, smoke, salt, grass, earth, caramel, citrus fruit now on the background.
    • Finish
      Dry, smoke, peat, iodine, caramel.

  217. martinni scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  218. malthead-sven scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The epitome of an Ardbeg, which turns out the great distillery character. A signpost among the Islay malts. 86 p.
    • Nose
      Tart herbs, strong smoke in the foreground, stinging nettles, a maritime sea note, charred logs, rubber tires, bacon and smoked sausages, in between again and again a woody sweetness, later the smoke becomes phenolic, vanilla comes through easily, almond brittle, puff pastry
    • Taste
      in comparison to the aroma surprisingly soft, salted butter, crispy fried bacon, not fruity but already sweet, above it again smoke
    • Finish
      spicy-grassy, ​​black tea, sweetened liquorice herring from the bag and a trace of rubber glove, medium to long and fading with a peppermint note

  219. tymiek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  220. Sandman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, honey, leather, lemon, grass and a touch of medical
    • Taste
      Honey, smoke, sea salt, pepper, grassy and spicy herbs
    • Finish
      Medium, fruity, citrus and ashtray.

  221. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  222. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Surprising whisky, already in the nose, betrays more than just peat / smoke, and that fruity undertone is also evident around the corner, and gives this whisky a very pleasant turn. Versatile peated whisky!
    • Nose
      Light peat, leather-like, but also citrus fruit comes through.
    • Taste
      Naturally peat / smoke, some dry, pepper, herbs. But also there are fruity notes (citrus). Quite complex taste.
    • Finish
      Medium, peat.

  223. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  224. jankes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  225. r0back55 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  226. r0back55 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, odors hospital, coal, tar, some rubber, citrus
    • Taste
      Peat, herbs, charcoal, black pepper
    • Finish
      Pretty short, pleasantly peat, sweet-and-sour

  227. EarlMobile scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Delicious smoky whisky, which scores with citrus notes, ginger and a certain spice. In addition, a lot of salt and sea. Always good!

  228. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    He is not as beautiful and exciting as the Uigeadail but he certainly can be. Another tough Islay whisky that I'm going to enjoy with lots of fun.
    • Nose
      Robust smoke / peat with soft iodine. Show sweet honey and fruit. Grass and flowers. He comes in heavily and develops in fresh tones and is a hint of fresh rye bread. Complex and robust.
    • Taste
      Bam! This whisky is "in your face". Heavy smoke, complex and heavy. He has a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. It is malty, salty and sweet with notes of bitter citrus. Beautiful complex.
    • Finish
      Long warm aftertaste that leaves a sweet and smoky taste.

  229. JimmyLeg scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Serge says:

    Ardbeg 10 yo 'Ten' (46%, OB, +/- 2015) Colour: white wine. Nose: starts with rather more ginger and green pepper than I remembered, as if the proportion of ‘active oak’ had been raised, but I really enjoy this very dry profile. Plenty of seawater, oysters, wet dogs (we’re sorry, dogs), carbon paper, freshly ground pepper, garden bonfire, wet limestone… There’s even a very particular smell that only old guys and girls can understand, ‘opening a new audiocassette’. And the smell of a brand new Walkman to boot. Lastly, some raw malted barley, so I would call this style ‘kilny’. Mouth: just excellent. More and more whisky lovers are claiming that the Ten beats all special editions, and I think they might right. And since the Ten pays the bills, nobody should complain. Anyway, brine, almond oil, bitter apples, seashells, diesel oil, hessian, liquorice wood, juniper, caraway… Everything is to like. Good body, perfect mouth feel. Finish: long, salty, sharp, very smoky. Comments: that the new Ten killed the 1990 would be an understatement. In truth, the Ten may have improved. Great work, Ardbeg. SGP:358 - 89 points.

  230. BXpress scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It hans't changed much from the earlier versions. maybe a little less complex. other than that it still has those cold, lemon infused, overly sugared stale tea notes, with lots of salt and dirty sea water. i miss one thing though, and thats those amazing turkish delight notes that i noticed in earlier versions.

    still, this is easily among the top 5 of all entry level bottlings, certainly the best entry lvl OB when it comes to peated whiskies.

    87/100

  231. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  232. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  233. Peaty_Nino scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  234. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: peat smoke, floral sweetness, ripe citrus fruits
    Taste: Sweet, smoke develops and becomes intense, maritime
    Finish: Long, Smoky, slightly sweet, martitim

  235. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  236. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ardbeg is currently very much advertised here. I took a sip yesterday evening. He smells very intense of smoke, but also fruity, spicy. His 46% have it in me, drive the spit in my mouth. Everything is very warm, comforting, creamy, smoky ... Wow!

  237. ML89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  238. Obviousz scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  239. Obviousz scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A very good dram. Best full on peat smoke whisky I've had thus far. I really like the more fire and bbq style of smoke in Ardbeg. Also the 46% abv, non-chill filtered and non-colored aspects of this whisky are major plusses! Price is still very reasonable too!
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, charcoal, ash, cumin, herbal spices, bit of basil and coriander. Becomes quite alot more citrus like and fruity with more time in the glass. 
    • Taste
      BBQ-like coal, tar, peat, cigar, not the smoke but the tobacco leaf in the mouth before lighting it, bit of thyme aswel, woody herbs. 
    • Finish
      Nice long lingering peat smoke. Not as medicinal or earth like but more firewood, charcoal, bbq like smoke. Honey and marzipan notes too.

  240. Landryn scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  241. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  242. jhut scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Whisky Tasting Notes Café de Toeter, Groningen 31-10-2015
    With water there is not much better
    • Nose
      vegetable, bit toffee maybe? Let's think about strong bowmore. Somewhat sour. Also very salty
    • Taste
      vegetable, complex
    • Finish
      Wood, delicious. Zilt. Also absolutely peat. Nuts, cashew, sweet fruit

  243. fileosoph scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  244. karloff scored this whisky 95 points Specialist

    Outstanding, this is almost as good as it gets, and still a great bargain.
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  245. tymiek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I'm am a fan of peat and the whisky that made me discover this was the Ardbeg 10 yo. If peat is not your thing leave this one for the fans.Having tasted more kinds of whisky now this one is nice to have at home to remember how it all started. I know that this taste will bring me joy but not too much more.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  246. Jonathan Kleß did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    nice and comforting malt, rich aswell as balanced, a bit too sweet for me though.
    • Nose
      phenolic peat, caramel, honey, some vanilla, candied fruit, strawberries.
    • Taste
      rich smoke/ woodsmoke, sweet caramel and fruits like mangoes.
    • Finish
      rather long and peaty getting sweeter with time, almost like demerara sugar.

  247. Hifonics1985 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      honey, melon with smokey ham, lemongrass
    • Taste
      sweet and rich smoke, mango chutney, smoke-dried fish, a liitle bit salt
    • Finish
      long and smokey with a touch of sweetness

  248. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  249. stalowka2 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  250. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  251. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I have done a review because it is not as good as I remember.

    The nose is the bet part.

    How the hell Jim Murray can score this mundane malt 97 points is beyond words for me.

    Ordinary.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      84 84

  252. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This is worse than I remember it, but there is still half a bottle left.
    • Nose
      Lemon, brine, slight smokiness, pronounced peat mixed in with smoked cheese.
    • Taste
      Peat, brine, tar and that's it, so boring and one dimensional.
    • Finish
      The length is pretty reasonable.

  253. theendh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  254. euzlpz scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Attractively priced, but don't let the low price fool you, this is a lovely dram! 72 points for this bottling (slightly above average/enjoyable on my scale). Having had a bottle of the accidentally unpeated 10-- bottled around 2003, and noted by Jim Murray and another panelist as a tie for the highest scored whisky in the history of Whisky Magazine at 9.5/10 ...how very fine that bottling was! I WISH the folks at Ardbeg would make such an enjoyable mistake like that more often, I'll never forget it. Well, this isn't that bottling, but I enjoyed it and will continue to buy more of it periodically...however, if they raise the price, I won't miss it too much. As for that unpeated bottling-- if I knew it would be as good, I'd put $80 down for another if necessary. This is $52 in Oregon, and one of the lowest priced 10 y.o.s we have here, again-- great buy! I can't say this is lightly peated by any means, but some past bottlings were very smokey (too smokey), this one has more peat dynamics and more complexity apart from that...a nice daily pour, IMHO.

  255. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a must for peat bites, rightly one of the Islay cornerstones
    • Nose
      strong smoke (ashtray, soot, old railway sleeper, motorcycle cloths), slight vanilla sweetness, grass, some medicinal freshness
    • Taste
      Ash, tar, burnt notes, earth ... some lemon and salty freshness, including vanilla sweetness
    • Finish
      long, bittersweet, nougat, cold coffee, salt & pepper

  256. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  257. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      85 85

  258. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Delicious Ardbeg, enormously accessible to (almost) every whisky drinker. Super taste, certainly good balance between quality / price.

  259. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  260. I_SPEY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very nice, balanced whisky!!
    • Nose
      Exceptional balance and depth! The aroma has a very nice mix of toffee and chocolate sweetness as well as cinnamon spicemedicinal.Citrus and floral notes are evident, as are melon and pear drops. Some nice smoked fish.

      Peat opens up and the sweetness of vanilla and the fragrance of citrus are not far behind!
    • Taste
      Sweet, peat, tobacco, smoke and coffee with sweetness and liquorice.

      The mouthfeel is lightly spiced, with a very nice final drying!
    • Finish
      Long, with a smoky sweetness and a sweet-malted cereal character!

  261. Maczet scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  262. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  263. Paulski88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  264. pEpp0 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      85 85

  265. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  266. squaadgras scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  267. Markie81 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  268. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  269. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  270. Blo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice but I would expect something more "extreme". This is a very nice one but I personnaly prefer the Lagavulin 16 as Islay entry-level. But the style is not the same and I think this is the best peaty unsherried entry-level malt you can find on the market.
    • Nose
      Austere, very peaty and earthy. Probably the most horrible whisky if you can't stand peat :-). Wet clothes, some pepper. Also some distant mineral notes in the background. Hints of white grapefruit. Nothing spectacular nor extremely complex, but a nice nose in the whole.
    • Taste
      Peaty of course, very dry and smoky, less oily than expected. Earthy, Good strengh. Some ex-bourbon cask influence: vanilla, and almond. Reminds me a bit of Caol Ila 12, but with more body and smoky side, less coastal. Very good.
    • Finish
      Medium long, peaty and salty.

  271. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    85/86
    • Nose
      big peat, big brine, smoking chamber, smoked ham, almonds, salted butter, stirred cake, earthy roots, only a hint of white fruit
    • Taste
      sweet on barley, peatsmoke, but also earthy notes - a bit mescal-like, salt, green pepper, icing sugar, lots of ash, liquorice root, dry oak  
    • Finish
      medium length mainly on ash, salt, oak and smoked ham

  272. chalky scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A pale
    straw colour that looks all it's 10 years. Gorgeous smoke on the nose with a
    hint of caramel. It’s a 10 yo so not hyper complex, a hint of lemon and burnt
    caramel, subtle tcp. Good burn on the palate and at the back of the throat,
    nice balance, more lemon and a hint of caramel, all finished by a nice hint
    of the smoke.  All over a lovely whisky
    but it's in expensive company at this price bracket. On it's own lovely
    though

  273. p4blo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Probably the most reasonably priced Ardbeg out there.
    • Nose
      Intense smokiness with bonfire and cigarette ash coating the fruity notes of apples, pineapples and lemons. Some salt is there too.
    • Taste
      The peat attack is sweetened by the notes of fruits, smoked meat, salt. A hint of gasoline.
    • Finish
      Long with peat and fruitiness.

  274. ottos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Probably the best bang for the buck that Ardbeg has to offer at this moment and a great whisky at this price anyway.
    • Nose
      Despite the intense peat it's the fruit flavors that catch my attention the most. Lychees, mango, banana. Bonfire at the beach. Peat.
    • Taste
      Good attack at 46%, mouth feel is big although I miss a bit more 'oiliness'. Not much fruit remains, salt water, diesel, peat is what dominates.
    • Finish
      Salty, smokey, a little bit of oak feels. Long finish.

  275. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Still probably the best Ardbeg under the £100 mark but there are much better malts out there for the money.

    The profile is boring and unrewarding for me, the nose is the best thing about it.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  276. Torfding scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      strong but balanced peat smoke
    • Taste
      medically, slightly sweet, chocolate, salt, oak and of course intensely peaty
    • Finish
      long and smoky, a bit woody

  277. Bram84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  278. lucbertrand scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Tasted twice in June 15
    • Nose
      Peat
    • Taste
      Wonderfully peaty and round
    • Finish
      Beautiful retro olfaction

  279. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  280. Patrick93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  281. Jon Osterman scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    For my palate, I enjoy other "entry-level" peated malts more (Caol Ila 12, Talisker 10), but I don't think I would change this too much.  Beautiful just the way it is.  ...The Uigeadail is better, though.
    • Nose
      Sooty, with a subtle underlying creamy sweetness.  Slightly salty with a hint of... anise?
    • Taste
      For me, a bed of slightly sweet creamyness carrying a smoky sootiness.  Not dissimilar to the nose.  A saltiness creeps in.
    • Finish
      Sooty and smoky

  282. Maczet scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  283. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very, very good entry level whisky. And fairly priced as well. That's a great combination in my book.
    • Nose
      Peat and fruit, with mostly apple and banana. And a nice added sweetness as well. Some fresh veggies and porridge. Salt and sauerkraut. Nice balance and lots to discover with every sniff. We're off to a great start.
    • Taste
      Peat and tar with salt. Also burnt barley and bacon. Not much left of the fruit. Rich and watery at the same time, which is weird for something bottled at 46 percent.
    • Finish
      Tar and smoke with citrus. A bit dry and a touch of chocolate.

  284. hartist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A lack of "fat" penalizes this bottle for me.
    • Nose
      Effluents of peat, maritime notes (iodine and salt), citrus fruits (especially lemons) with a slight subtle sweetness (vanilla).
    • Taste
      The mouth is a bit dry; it is lined around slightly earthy notes (wet peat) and vaguely fruity, slightly styptic (coffee grounds) with a sort of salty liquorice that becomes predominant.
    • Finish
      Medium to long enough, mainly on dry, tarry and astringent peat.

  285. NamorX68 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  286. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    With water the nose is much better, but the taste is less defined.
    Interesting whisky. Must- have for Islay fans. Bit overrated, and overpriced.
    • Nose
      No water - cigaret-ash smokiness, floral sweetness, lychee fruits, citrus hints. With water - less smokey, more sweetness of flowery heather, green apples, light pear, salty. Savoury notes.
    • Taste
      No water - dry arrival. Sweet development, ending in ashy smoke. Long, dry and warm finish with citrus. With water - dry arrival. Less sweetness in the development, but more smokiness. Salt/brine. Long citrus finish.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Without water there is more warmth and depth to it. Without water less finesse, more citrus.

  287. DannyBacon scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Powerful and smoky. With a drop of water it becomes leaner and more tame, but at the same time the sprinkler opens a little. Good aftertaste that lasts for a little while but not too long.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      88 88

  288. janos63 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  289. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose peat, smoke, tar, vanilla, plaster, dusty side. Mouth peat, vanilla, herring. More civilized than Laphroaig 10, sweeter and sweeter. Finale slightly astringent smoke.

  290. Springmarie scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  291. Glenfarclas1887 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  292. ApricotOne scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  293. steinrich scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  294. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    One of my favourites.
    • Nose
      Leather, lots of leather the old and worn kind, peat deep and earthy, salt, iodine, socks
    • Taste
      Burned leather and earth, fresh rain, fancy salt, rich chocolate and coffee.
    • Finish
      Blissfully long, deep and smoky with some nice earthy notes like after swallowing some dirt. 

  295. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  296. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, vanilla, citrus, salty
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, vanilla, lime, lemon
    • Finish
      Long, peat smoke, caramel, seasalt 

  297. Ray-Central-America scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Here in Costa Rica I have not been able to find Ardbeg of any type. But when we made a run to Panama, I was very pleased to find a Ardbeg 10 year old.

    Nose - BIG SMOKE smell. There is some medicine, smoked ham, green beans with bacon and mushrooms the kind mom made for the holidays.

    Taste - bacon, smoke, creamy vanilla, earthy, soap, medicine, fruit in the background. a slight bitterness in the back of the tongue

    Finish - long tingle on the tongue this is because it is 46% abv. A long bacon ham flavorPresentation - I loved the box, the history and Ardbeg even gives you a little book about their other brands. Very cool box, I kept it. I like to warm my mouth up with a lesser scotch and then I enjoy having this with a solid splash of water to cool it down a bit. When you that, more butter, apple, smoothness comes out. Strait up, it is good and reminds me sitting around a camp fire and the smoke blowing in my face. It is almost like stepping into a smoke house smoking hams and slabs of bacon.

    Personally, what I like doing with this is putting a table spoon or so of it in a blended scotch like JW black label, Grant's or even add some to Glenfiddich 12 which is a great mixture, that pear from the Glenfiddich and smoke from the Ardbeg.

    I like this a lot and have almost blown through my bottle that I got from Panama. Thank goodness we are moving there and I will be able to get more when we do. Price in Panama was $52.00 for a full liter. Not bad price.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  298. BXpress scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    imo one of the best official standard 10yos. right up there with Laddie Ten (sadly discoed). but mine was an L5 version, so the 90 points dont go to the current one.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, sour apples, burned leaves, iodine, slightly grassy, salty
    • Taste
      Vanilla, lemons, sweet tea (stale sweet tea), again some burned leaves, peat smoke and somewhat medicinal, salt, moss, green twigs and a very prominent Turkish Delight note ,which is amazing.
    • Finish
      short, dry . some lemon and twigs there.

  299. Whiskykoch scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      91 91

  300. Falnor scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  301. big_5 scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      89 89

  302. irrerelevant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Campfire smoke, but not only, barrel is also there, sea air, beautiful sugary sweetness, pleasant oak note, some plantain, rye, spelled bread and licorice

  303. hfos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  304. djmaxliving scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    What a whisky for 10 years old, lots going on in the nose and is mostly delivered on the taste. Extreme intense peat boom. 
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  305. pierrethesnack scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Needs water, about 1-2 tea spoons.

    All in all a very good whisky. The 10 YO is still reasonably priced and I would definitely buy it again, although I tend to avoid the other "premium" NAS Ardbegs...
    • Nose
      Smoke, smoke, smoke, light sweetness but also mild salt.

      Not phenolic like Laphroaig.
        
    • Taste
      Sea salt, turns sweet very quicky, very rich, lots of sweet-ish smoke
    • Finish
      Again salt and sweet, burnt syrup, the smoke lingers but gets replaced with a salty aftertaste which lingers for a very long time

  306. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      95 95

  307. WhiskyCask scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    A perennial favorite of peat lovers!!!

    My full review on the blog:
    http://maltandoak.com/a-perennial-favorite-revisited-ardbeg-10/ 

  308. Matt80 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Quite expensive for a 10 year old but it does taste older. A fabulous whisky that deserves the hype.
    • Nose
      Sea salt, peat smoke, salted caramel, clean citrus.
    • Taste
      Heavy smoke layered with sea salt. Bitter caramel
    • Finish
      Long smoky, salty finish.

  309. Sybramsky scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    B
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      88 88

  310. vb_bembel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      90 90

  311. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    My earlier tasting notes are from 24/02/2014, and were if a fresh bottle.
    These tasting notes are from 19/10/2014 pf the same bottle. The engagement was now more pleasurable. Maybe the oxydisation has helped to make it more pleasant (for me).
    I also was more generous with adding water now. 3 teaspoons on a dram, dilluting it heavily. In all it made for a much improved experience. But I do not know if I buy a new bottle. It is getting pricey now.
    • Nose
      No water: smoke of ashes and lots of it, sweetness of heather. Savoury herbal notes from parsley and celeriac.
      With water: much sweeter. More subdued, nice smoke. Tobacco. Salty. Less savoury.
    • Taste
      No water: smoke attack and spirity arrival. Sweet in the background. No real development.
      With water: warme smoky arrival. Sweet development with mint, citrys ( lime grass).
    • Finish
      No water: long, dry smoke
      With water: long, light, fresh (green?) smoke.

  312. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: On the nose, the 10yo certainly has all the Ardbeg idiosyncrasies going, medical bandages mixed with mild dairy peat, bath soap products, soft citrus fruits as well as pineapples/bananas combined and icing on the top of carrot cake sweetness. Its very clean but its like theres no layers, nothing to peel back and discover. Having tasted a few older Ardbeg’s of late i’m craving more maturation - 16 years would be smashing, to give it that depth of field. The nose, though delightful could do with some more oak complexity to rival the more simple spirit.
    T: Opening with prickly ground pepper, theres lots of astringent/youthful spirit>oak accompanied by salt then chilli spice and obviously peat. The result of this youthfulness is a fairly austere one. Its also creamy and nutty [pecans, then pumpkin seeds, then hazelnuts], oily [maybe all those nut oils], and like sewing machine oil mixed with a very light, mass produced olive oil.
    F: Whilst the salt dies down, what emerges is an ethanol freshness and a green grass oakiness. its a rather juvenile finish in keeping with whats already gone with touches of chocolate, aniseed, burdock, [later dandelion] and ash. Very savoury this one, not much sweetness here. Definitely savoury and drying. Yes, theres smoke but its just smoke, its clean but theres no complexity, no mystery, no inspiration. Quick finish
    C: The presentation of the 10yo is generally excellent, tasty, glossy and impressive [at least in part], but Im very disappointed by this batch - its extremely lacking and comes across as a wafer thin veneer of its former self. Could this lack of content and astringency be due, not as a result of inactive casks but the result of oak trees and casks that have been rushed in growth, seasoning and/or production? I hope this isn’t a long term trend.

    Scores a C+

  313. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This whisky originally brought me to whisky and I'm still fond of countless other taste experiences today. The simple combination of great smoke and the classic Ardbegsüße! A dream...
    • Nose
      Direct heavy smoke with fresh citrus notes in the luggage, malty sweet, vanilla, the second smelling also a bit of bacon in the luggage
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke, like freshly pulled coal from the campfire, nice oily on the tongue, in the background you can guess vanilla
    • Finish
      The smoke just stays in the mouth incredibly long, in its purest nature

  314. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Ten L2 = 89 points Ardbeg Ten L5 = 90 points
    Ardbeg Ten L9 = 73 points
    Ardbeg Ten L14 = 60 points

    It tastes unfortunately more and more clear that the money goes into marketing and not in good barrels ...
    In any case, after the end of the L2 and L5 bottles, I will not have a bottle of Ten more in the bar cabinet and give away the L14.

  315. Gloin scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, citrus, vanilla, sweetness
    • Taste
      Smoke and sweetness, bitter jam
    • Finish
      Smoke and sweetness, long

  316. Obanrules scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  317. Edgewalker scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  318. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg Ten Tasted 2014-11-14 @ home: Pleasant Fensol smoke smell in the smell, in the taste explosive, like citrus fruits covered with creamy Toffeschokolade and strong smoke thereby. Great, long and intense finish with a dry woody aroma.
    85

  319. Goodfella6 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  320. Tomh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  321. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  322. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  323. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  324. Austin.Foster scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  325. Austin.Foster scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Dark coffee grounds, stewed apples, toast, almonds, peat on the nose.
    • Taste
      Fruit carries through to the palate, with plenty of sea following it riding on oak.
    • Finish
      Peat smoke and floral notes on the finish, some pine.

  326. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    The first Ardbeg 10 since the end of my 2003 purchased bottle and it will be the last (for now).
    If anyone had the comparison with what was distilled before 1998, I may be able to understand.
    I hope the advertised new 17er does not undercut the expectations as well.

  327. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Behind the smoke very complex with sweetness, fruitiness, spice. Vanilla. Caramels. Cinnamon. Cranberries. Pears. A touch of lemon.
    • Taste
      The complexity of the aromas continues on the palate. Smoke. Sweet. Vanilla. Pepper. Malt.
    • Finish
      Long and smoky. Vanilla plays around the palate, mixed with sweet cereals. Brown sugar.

  328. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  329. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Complex, fruity, chocolate, peaty, smoky
    • Taste
      Peaty, salty, smoky, spicy
    • Finish
      Long, salty

  330. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Love it, or hate it. I hate it. But a must-try.
    • Nose
      No water: smokey as from ashes. Sweetness of high summer grass in the background. Hints of salt.
      With water: less pungent smoke. Sweet, oily 'substance'. Medicinal.
    • Taste
      Fierce arrival, attacks the tongue. Light development. Smoke on the palate. Quick change fromsmoke to sweet grass.
    • Finish
      Short finish, heat from barbecue.

  331. Paulski88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  332. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      88 88

  333. nlsanand scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    Great classic Islay flavours. More of a peaty flavour than a smokey flavour. With water opens up to develop on the mocha-ish flavour lying within. Obviously, the whisky benefits from the craft presentation (46%, unchill filtered,  and natural presentation) which allows the flavour to be very pronounced. Honestly, this is a great dram and is recommended to any scotch head.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  334. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  335. lordvolk scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      93 93

  336. nathanyael scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  337. Wolv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  338. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A poem.

    Ardbeg Ten is a wonderful and classy Islay spirit that offers everything one may wish from a peated single malt. Amazing complexity for being matured 'only' ten years. A recommendation for everyone - got it for a very good price, too.

    Tasing with Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      smoky and wide, wet rock, sea air, round fruit, white tile, sweetness, quince, cleaning liquid (Viss), pear (sweetish), vanilla (vanilla pudding, vanilla milk), candy floss, marshmallows, no alcohol, smoke is always there, is in space, mouthwatering, peat, mandarin and chocolate, some nut, complex
    • Taste
      always fresh, smoke and peat, fiery, fresh and sweet, fruit (quince, some lemon, some kind of melon), chocolatey, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, wood, apple peel, medical smoke, shore, musty elements, earthy, chili, cardboard
    • Finish
      Long and intense, long lasting taste with smoke, peat and light fruits. Some chocolate and sweetness.

  339. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An excellent Islay standard bottling.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  340. sicco scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    very nice, peaty smoky, smooth body with silk finish. good flavours too.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  341. Taita scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Very dominant nose and taste, somehow rough, but at the other hand rich and delicate
    • Nose
      Very strong nose, smokey , medicinal and kippery: peat smoke, old harbour smell: creosote, sea weed, carbolic combined with hospital smell of ether and fenol. Some fresh fruits on the background
    • Taste
      Peat smoke dominates, herbs and pepper, carbolic, sea weed and medicinal, some roundness, delicacy and some armagnac like tones
    • Finish
      Nice and long finish

  342. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Whoo hoo, I'm the one thousandth reviewer of the Ardbeg Ten, what do i win? ………….Bah

    I've always enjoyed Ardbeg whisky but i don't mind admitting that i give Ardbeg a hard time. I naturally support the underdog, maybe its because I'm british, who knows? - I'm not a sociologist, actually thats not true but thats another story. To me Ardbeg, like Macallan is like Manchester United of the Whisky world, with fans all over the globe waving the Ardbeg committee flag with an insatiable appetite for its success, and i reckon its big enough to handle some scrutiny from little me. So its a great testament to the distillery that i find myself trying to be disappointed with Ardbeg and continually failing. Visiting the Ardbeg distillery for example was a highlight of my Islay tour. I arrrived for a standard 'range' tasting at the distillery one afternoon with very little expectation - to be told that they cancelled the tour because i was the only one who turned up.  A combination of guilt on their part and persuasion [or charm as i like to believe] on my part, resulted in me receiving a personalised and bespoke tour which led to trying some 70's specials from the managers desk draw.

    I was impressed with what i tried. The least i could do was buy an Ardbeg 10 as I hadn't had one in a while.  The week i opened the bottle i'd sampled some superb drams - some Port Ellen's, 70's Bunna's, vintage Glendronach's and some rare bourbons… so i was still not in the mood to entertain the 'Ten'. The bottle had gone down half way before i realised that i was liking, no - loving this whisky. It was performing better every day, opening out and revealing more and more. Below are my ongoing tasting notes for the impressive standard Ardbeg release:
    N: Creamy, cheesy, salty, oily, fruity, peat. Kumquats, raisins, cherries, honey on light toast. Vanillas, incense, seaweed, wood sap, soap, lemon drizzle cake, dried apricots, peaches, ripe pineapples. The peat comes in and out in waves. Later becoming yeasty and meaty in the glass.
    T: Smoke, peat, pepper with a hin and oily in body then some dark rich fruits, fermented quince jam with more smoke and peat coming through building up in layers. Tarred beach wood. Later toffee comes through, rosemary, aniseed…. Later, the arrival is much more buttery with a thicker honeyed salivating body. The smoke is ever present.

    F: Salty and bitter/sweet, peppery and rather drying. A salivating burst of medicinal cherry cough sweets flow through with a touch of iodine freshness and darjeeling tea to compliment the encompassing charcoal smoke.
    C: Love it or loath it, this is a very fine whisky.  Personally i'm loving it.

    Scores a B+

  343. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  344. ducksingel scored this whisky 88 points Editor

    One of the best standard bottlings I think. If you have nothing but some bland blended whisky’s but one bottle of this in your closet, you stille have a decent whisky collection.

  345. lauwensm scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    It was my first Ardbeg and I learnt to appreciate it. 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      87 87

  346. zinaf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose leads the palate on complexity.
    SGP: 659
    • Nose
      Big on peat, rubber, some brininess, aspirin. Vanilla underneath. Whiffs of smoke. Dried tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      Ashes, rubber, malt sweetness, white pepper,
    • Finish
      Long on peat some sweetness

  347. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    For me one of the best young standard malts available. 
    • Nose
      Of course (medicinal) peat at first but underlined by the typical Ardbeg sweetness. Not that fruity, but a beautiful peppery note. Also typical seaside aromas like salt and herbs. Maybe some licorice.
    • Taste
      Demanding peat and a nice chili-catch. Very intense. When you got used to the peat there is sweet malt and a touch of vanilla. Yet not that complex and missing the oak.
    • Finish
      Kinda long and aggressive finish. Cold ash and burned coffee beans staying behind.

  348. Abydoss scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Fascinating what to find after the first smoke bomb for a sweetness and especially for an (exotic) fruit mix in this malt.
    • Nose
      Smoke, smoke and again smoke. But after two or three moves it disappears almost completely. It remains an incredibly intense sweetness, like honey and milk chocolate. This alternates in the foreground with a strong, aromatic phenolic note. Fresh notes keep coming up in the background, like freshly cut grass. And the sweetness turns every now and then into creamy caramel. Every now and then one feels transported to the sea by a touch of algae.
      After adding water, the sweetness becomes stronger and gains the upper hand over the phenolic notes. One almost has the feeling of sniffing a liqueur. From honey and milk chocolate is now very ripe honeydew melon. This gives the previously relatively fresh, sweet-fruity nose a strong depth and powerful volume.
    • Taste
      Intensive start with a strong spiciness and a lot of phenol. In addition a certain salinity. In the background again the caramel sweetness paired with maltiness. Add a hint of hazelnut. After adding water there is fresh fruity pineapple.
    • Finish
      Smoky and long. On the palate remains a sweet fruitiness, which I would probably associate again with honeydew melons.

  349. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    A powerful scotch. Medium-bodied - pleasingly full considering this whisky's younger age. Not very complex despite what Ardbeg would have me believe. Strikes me as being a bit too young and rough (I generally prefer older whiskies). Nonetheless: This whisky is well worth its price and for those into the young and aggressive Islay whiskies I am sure it will be money well spent.
    • Nose
      Salty sea, medicinal (iodine), peat smoke resembling fresh ash, citrus (lime), salty liquorice (salmiakki), a touch of mild 'young' American oak, phenols (in my mind reminiscent of a burnt old-fashioned fuse), sweet almond essence, a faint aroma of heather and an even fainter aroma of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Salty sea, the almond essence turns sugary sweet, phenols, peat smoke, iodine, a bit of cream in the background, a touch of unburnt fresh peat towards the end (which carries over into the finish), some salmiakki liquorice and a little bit of honey.
    • Finish
      Medium long - peat smoke almost like fine pure ash, sweet and salty, 'young' American oak in the background, a very faint touch of vanilla, a tad medicinal and lingering phenols throughout.

  350. Oak scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  351. Kaps scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  352. granella2003 scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: Very peaty malt, cereals, yeast, toffee and chocolate, phenols, smoky, cigar box, tomato plant.

    Taste: very large, very peaty, rich, medicinal, citrus, bitter orange marmalade, coffee, licorice.

    Aftertaste: very persistent, smoked malt, ends with taste.

  353. Furtia scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  354. Jonkers scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is in perfect balance. I changed from a peat hater in a peat lover. My humble apologies to Ardbeg which I always detested for its smoky flavor.
    • Nose
      Strong peat smoke. Roasted meat. Hay, chocolate and marshmellows. Also burnt sugar (creme brulee). Citrus like oranges and lime. Complex.
    • Taste
      Oily. Liquorice and delicious sweet. Honey, caramel and a hint of vanilla. Mouthfilling. Just very tastefull.
    • Finish
      At the beginning the sharp blow of smoke but then sweet like honey. Peat smoke is still present but is not unpleasant.

  355. granella2003 scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      100 100

  356. D3US scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The taste is the winner here. Very impressive. The nose is slightly disappointing and the finish is average. 
    • Nose
      Peat, toast, coal fire. Malty sweetness, dry and a little bitter. Sweet tropical fruit in the background. 
    • Taste
      Very sweet. A charcoal, slightly bitter and heavily peated note. Keeping it in the mouth brings out some serious flavors. First very tingly, after that; big sweetness and tropical fruit. Banana, papaya and pineapple. A bit drying again, but overall quite splendid. 
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, peaty. A slight bitter note but watery sweetness and tropical fruit. The peat is very long lasting, some malt as well, and at the end soft sweetness. 

  357. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Simply Art!

  358. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, citrus, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Classical production representative from Islay.Barva relatively light.This whisky contains smoke, peat, strong coffee, somewhat fruity. It is very strong and dense.
    • Finish
      Completion of iodine.

  359. BenNevis scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    If you don`t like peaty whisky you wont like this, This has to have the longest finish of any whisky i have tasted, I could still taste it 3 hours later.

  360. GLEN ONUR scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      93 93

  361. mmaclean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Straw-gold color. On the nose, sweet toffee, citrus notes, seaweed, and

    spice complement a powerful peat smoke infusion. In body, it is thick

    and oily. On the palate, a somewhat sweet maltiness up front is run over

    by a powerful peat smoke locomotive. Again, the whisky is enriched with

    citrus and pear notes, spice, and seaweed. The finish is powerful,

    long, and warming. The smoke lingers for minutes, if not hours.

  362. drkrylov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  363. drkrylov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky -- the whisky with body and soul.
    • Nose
      Smoke, brine, iodine dryness.
    • Taste
      Skips sweetly along at first, then becomes mean and moody.
    • Finish
      Hefty, lots of iodine.

  364. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For peat-lovers, Ardbeg 10yo is probably the highest-quality

    `entry-level` single malt on the market, and the distillery many Islay

    connoisseurs would choose as their favourite. A whirlwind of peat and

    complex malty flavours, this is an exuberant, in-your-face whisky to be

    cherished.
    Whisky Bible Awards 2012: Best Single Malt Scotch of the Year, 10 Years and Under

  365. Collector57 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet peat, some smoked herrings and I think carbolic? Seaweed, apple?
    • Taste
      Powerful, with peat smoke, malt, lemon and some salt
    • Finish
      More smoke and salt, longish and quite sweet.

  366. Feusi scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lemony fresh with a lot of sea in the nose. Strong peaty notes with a sweet mouth feeling. Salty and sweet long finish. Undiscussable an Ardbeg how to love him.

  367. tomy63 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      chocolate, phenol, citrus, coffee, especially iodine and peat.
    • Taste
      coffee then licorice, peat and iodine. First spicy then dry
    • Finish
      long and smoke, peat

  368. Lafroy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Definitely peaty with light notes of iodine, alga, smoke and sea.
    • Taste
      It starts with salt, sea notes and alga, deep sweetness, sourness, citrus notes and cream. Additionally, some more peat and smoke.
    • Finish
      Long and very aromatic. Well balanced with hints of sweetness, sea and salt.

  369. karloff scored this whisky 95 points Specialist

    The peatiest malt i have ever tasted, an absolute top draw malt from islay
    • Nose
      peat layered on with a trowel, pepper and smoke
    • Taste
      peat, sea salt and pepper
    • Finish
      very medicinal,long and wonderfull

  370. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is kind of a house whisky for me. When testing a smoky whisky, it’s against this one you compare. Feels like a smoky whisky can take the higher percentage better then a “fruity†whisky.
    • Nose
      Smoke, ash and tar.
    • Taste
      Smoke, and a little salt (?).
    • Finish
      Fairly long, and a nice peppery attack.

  371. Dede scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice whisky that this Ardbeg Ten. Probably the malt that made me discover and enjoy peat. A very nice whisky, well balanced, not complicated for two cents but well done.
    • Nose
      Peat (smoked, tar) and iodine, with lots of green apple and some lemon juice. The aeration will allow vanilla notes to bring a little sweetness to the whole. We have known more complex, but the balance between all these elements is very well done.
    • Taste
      Quite nervous and fluid, she plays a very classical but pleasant score: lemon juice, green apple, peat, iodine. If the attack is mild, the end of the mouth hardens on peppery notes and the appearance of a slight vegetable bitterness, while the acidity of the lemon becomes more dominant .
    • Finish
      Long enough, it is well peated and combines the bitterness of gentian with the acidity of lemon juice.

  372. icon_of_sin scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A very strong but delicious singlemalt. Fits perfectly on cold days ... ;-)
    • Nose
      Instantly tingling peat smoke streams into the nose, followed by strong sea salt flavors. Add to that a heavy sweetness and an aroma like freshly grated lemons. With a little water you release a light, leathery aroma and some tobacco.
    • Taste
      A true peat smoke explosion in the mouth! This is followed by a tingling spice with a light sweetness. Again, you can discover tobacco with some water. In addition, with some water, the peat smoke is further suppressed and you can now taste the extreme, heavy, sweetness (reminds me strongly of lemon cough drops ;-))
    • Finish
      Medium but warming finish with lots of peat smoke and a light sweetness. Leaves an appealing, sweet, peat-flavor on the palate even after an hour. With a little water, the finish changes completely. Man tastes the strong peat smoke only slightly on the palate and he stays good in the background. Citrus juice clearly gains the upper hand here.

  373. I_SPEY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great dram.
    • Nose
      powerful - peat, salt and iodine, the smell is very balanced and warm. Citrus, floral notes and vanilla sweetness.
    • Taste
      peaty, smoky, salty, slightly medicinal, spicy warmth with a tantalising hint of sweetness , complex, but in a good way, and extremely balanced.
    • Finish
      Warm, long, smoky and brillant!

  374. nijholtm scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky if you like the peaty/medicinal Ardbeg taste. The price is very doable for people who can't spend a lot of money.
    • Nose
      Citric, fresh and medicinal. You can smell the peaty aromas from far.
    • Taste
      Sweet peaty and tobacco taste. Followed by a dry and spicy aftertaste.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, medicinal, but quite fresh like lemons.

  375. daniel_hirsch scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    The finish lasts even after brushing your teeth
    • Nose
      Peat... Peat... Peat... but not unpleasant!
      Medicinal, sweet, malty.
    • Taste
      Behind the heavy peat curtain sweeter than expected. Pears, hints of vanilla, salty. Water reveals bitter-chocolate or coffee..
    • Finish
      Long lasting smoke, spicy and salty.

  376. Bachess scored this whisky 85 points Administrator

    I'll delete the messages from Gedeelde Vreugde.
    Geisz and Nova: Thanks for your support!

  377. Geisz scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Gedeelde Vreugde, could you stop spamming the notes with the same message? I don't think it is the place for advertising your own site.

  378. Nova did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Gedeelde Vreugde Would you speak English, please? If everybody starts writing in their own language, nobody will understand anything

  379. harry scored this whisky 60 points Expert Junior

    Yeah, that's the problem with points! You don't know the peoples rating background or what they expect when drinking whisky. I'm rating:50 - 60: Stuff for the shit list

    61 - 70: drinkable, but boring (daily dram or TV-Whisky)

    71 - 80: Nice, but not so interesting to have to own a bottle

    81 - 90: Whiskys I can really enjoy

    90 - 100: Here are the Big Bangs!

  380. Bachess scored this whisky 85 points Administrator

    Quote: Rating starts at 50 points not at 80....

    Quite right and I respect your opinion. But it's still a whisky and thats why most people start their rating at 60 or 65 for a whisky they dislike. My criterion is 75 points. Would I buy the whisky or not (so the price is important too). This is my 'point list':
    60 - 69 = bad whisky70 - 75 = it's ok, but wouldn't drink it again76 - 79 = Good whisky, would buy a bottle80 - 84 = Very good whisky85 - 89 = exceptional whisky, would buy more bottles from the same stuff90 - 94 = The angels forgot this one 95- 100 = Haven't found it yet (does it exist?)

  381. harry scored this whisky 60 points Expert Junior

    Don't like the young Islay stuff. So, all I can say is: Rating starts at 50 points not at 80....

  382. bgulien scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Also available as a 1 ltr. bottle

  383. slothmister scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Fantastic whisky.

    Islay at its best! Deserved the whisky of the year award it won in 2007.Smoky, peaty, a true classic and a great addition to any collection.

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