Ardbeg Ten

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon Barrel
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
18 may 2016 4:46 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 43.99

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Ten

4 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.36 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Stringent from the nose to the finish. Not very changeable, but positively reliable in every way. A young smoker, straight out, no frills. Like. --- --- blind tasting
    • Nose
      1. smoke, ash, phenol, salt, maritime (seaweed, seawater), tar, fruit, sweetness, citrus flavors, herbs
      2. Medical smoke, clearly phenolic, cold ashes, strong sea flavors, but also warm tar paper (although the whisky is rather "cool"). Fruit is clearly visible behind the smoke and other heavy aromas, green apple and lemons. The herbs remain indefinite and disappear quickly. 3. On the Scottish coast, Hebrides, a small harbor, early in the morning, it's fresh, sunrise. Swinging boats and trawlers, one is already out, on crabbing 4. A young and light (green) whisky, sparkling and exciting
    • Taste
      1. smoke, ash, phenol, salt, maritime (seaweed, sea water, fish), tar, sweetness, citrus, wood, seasoning, herbs 2. Also on the tongue medical smoke that hits directly and clouds around in the mouth. Fairly dry and cold ashes, sun-dried seaweed, a good portion of sea salt, lemons and grapefruit (it gets a little tart), young wood, some pepper, mild herbal mixture 3. Lunch at the harbor, Fish & Chips in one hand, Glencairn in the other hand 4. Dry and (sea) fresh, tingling and a bit tart. Still green.
    • Finish
      1. And again / still: smoke, ash, phenol, salt, maritime (seaweed, sea water, fish), tar, sweetness, citrus flavors, wood, spice 2. The flavors of the nose and tongue are all still there. Weaker, yes, drier too, but still, still present. So that's how 3. Time to go home 4. Dry and a little bit harsh, youthful and wild

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  3. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Koalafant scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A classic ... indispensable for peat junkies
    • Nose
      Phenolic smoke and a tremendous honey-vanilla sweetness are on the rise. In addition, notes of fresh herbs and hay. Later, a clearly minty freshness is added.
    • Taste
      Pepper-sweet ... and again honey and vanilla as well as the constant presence of smoke
    • Finish
      Long and lightly burning with a slight subtlety but pleasant bitterness

  5. RR60 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  6. 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


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