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Overall rating
91.00/100
votes
4
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
18.05.2005
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
1000 ml
Bottle code
L5 138 05:58 4ML
Bottled for
Duty Free Only
Added on
01 Jun 2013 5:46 am
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 75,00

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Ten

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.00 points

  1. zerttbone scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Nose: Soft peat, very unlike the new Ardbeg 10 Years. Some soapy notes intermingled with sweet barley and barley sugar. Definitely exhibits a pronounced maritime nose that is typically Ardbeggian in character.

    The strength of the alcohol is also apparent at 46% abv and creeps up the nose. Straw notes and cracked black pepper bringing with it some nice warmth. Hints of tobacco pouch and camphor.

    Palate: Wow! Unbelieveably soft on the palate and unlike any Ardbeg I’ve ever tried (even the Uigeadail)! Soft peat, sweet barley and the barley sugar from the nose definitely make an appearance with just a hint of citrus.

    The briny, maritime character is also apparent, with a nice sprinkling of sea salt. The cracked black pepper from the nose combines beautifully with the barley sugar, giving it a nice warming sweetness. The sweetness becomes more pronounced with time and the mouthfeel is slightly oily with a drying character as the heat begins to fade.

    Finish: Long and lingering finish, which would probably last all night long. Sea salt, cigar ash and some peat towards the very end. Very more-ish whisky and I could definitely drink this on a regular basis!

    Rating: 93/100

    The old bottling is a testament to a distilling style from a different era and is representative of the quality of old whiskies. This old Ardbeg is a definite winner in my eyes and just about pips the current expression in terms of the overall sensory experience.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

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