Liquid Gold Award - 2014
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
Islay Single Malt 12 Years and Under - 2014
World Whiskies Awards
Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Islay up to 12 years old - 2013
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2013
World Whisky of the Year - 2008
Insider knowledge: Ardbeg 10 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Ardbeg 10 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: A ridge of vanilla leads to mountain of peat capped with citrus fruits and circled by clouds of sea spray.
Palate: Sweet vanilla counterbalanced with lemon and lime followed by that surging Ardbeg smoke that we all know and love.
Finish: Long and glorious; sea salted caramel and beach bonfire smoke.
Overall: Precise balance, big smoke and non-chill filtered. This is why this is such a famous dram.
After having tried corry and oogie, this one just left me thinking, "and?" Especially since the aforementioned are bottled near 60% and this one a mere 46, the price is insignificant. Still, if you've tried and liked the others, and want to get back to the roots of what makes Ardbeg tick, it's a good whisky and you won't regret buying it. I just feel the others have more oomph to offer, and I guess I like oomph.
26th August 2014
Not a fan of this one, far too peaty for me. Tastes like sucking on an amber from a camp fire.
25th August 2014
I couldn't put my finger on what I thought the aftertaste was, and bandaid seems to nail it. The smell is more of a chemical smell to me than smokey. I thought that I opened a bad bottle but it seems that is how it is supposed to smell. No way I can drink anymore of this. Need to rinse my mouth with some Everclear.
22nd August 2014
I'm trying it this very moment for the first time. I'm reasonably new to whisky, but this is a very nice dram to drink. A sweet nose and a lovely smoky taste that lasts. It does taste a little burnt plasticky, but not in a bad way... After reading the reviews, I'm going to have to try Laphroaig for comparison.
21st August 2014
This is not a bad whisky, but I personally see no reason to pick it over say a Laphroaig, which in my location is cheaper and offers a stronger and more coherent flavor. The Ardbeg 10 has a slight "rubbery" undertone which I don't like. I can see how some people might interpret this as a facet of "smokiness", but I just interpret it as the flavor of bandaids, unfortunately. As for the good, there are indeed the peaty spice and smoke, oaky vanilla, hints of citrus, and some sea saltiness... but I can get these same flavors, with a bit more smoke and less rubber, from Laphroaig.
19th August 2014
not a scotch drinker, let alone islay scotch. Became "curious" after my boys birthday dinner, when all we were buying him shots of laphroaig. Got ardbeg 10, lagavulin 16, and laphroaig 10 cask strength. here is my review of ardbeg 10...
No escape glass so I used a big wine glass. Pour a bit and swirled and let breath for two minutes...for me I take a breath and hold my breath and sip a drink and exhale... it smelled peaty and a bit of iodine out of bottle. After letting it breath. it smelled like after taste of plain grits, followed by smoky smell of rubbing alcohol... The color a little light a and not as thick. For me it tasted like light whiskey with smoky "islay" taste and a dry finish that hints a taste of iodine. I like it, but definitely a lighter and drier taste amongst the three.
To get an unbiased taste you have to go in with a biased approach of "this is what islay scotch taste like". if you like mellow light color scotch that a little dry...you might like ardbeg 10. if you like crown royal, that what it taste like, a islay crown royal that is not as sweet as crown but a lot more peaty... 8 out of 10.
14th August 2014
My experience is similar to the 'Marmite' post below - the wife says why don't I just gargle with TCP as it's cheaper and healthier, but I adore the smoke and peaty aroma of Islay Whisky with Ardbeg 10yo and Oogy the kings in my opinion
11th August 2014
Lovely lovely Whisky. A bit more firey than lagavulin and Laphroaig. ...in my humble opinion. But full of peat, salt and all that is good.
2nd August 2014
This scotch gave me a hangover. It is NOT pure. Moreover, the taste is off. Yes it is smoky and full of peat, but it ends empty and hollow. Nonetheless, my major concern is my hangover. This dram is tainted yo!
25th July 2014
I love the Ardbeg range! Not only my favourite whisky range, but range of all alcohol products. This ten year old packs a deep smokey nose much like picking up the aromas of a campfire burning on the lot beside you.
The body on the palette is medium to full bodied which you could tell from the beautiful legs running down the side of your favourite whisky glass. The finish is a long, lingering, peppery and oaky flavour that leaves you wanting more. And you wouldn't have guessed any of this by the deceiving but beautiful natural light golden colour of fantastic single malt.
I love the Ardbeg Ten as it offers an experience that goes nearly unmatched - unless you are drinking Ardbeg specialty ranges like Uigaedail, Alligator, or Ardbog. 9 out of 10.
A Couple other great whiskies that offer similar experiences are Laphroiag Quarter Cask and Caol Ila 12 Year Old.
3rd July 2014
My usual drink is Glenmorangie... wanted to try this "peat and smoke" thing... not for me. Smelled like a watered down house fire, wrung out of a cotton towel into a bottle. Not my idea of fun....
30th June 2014
We went to Islay earlier in the year and it rained for the entire week. I would imagine their whisky is the same.
25th June 2014
peat and smoke bomb, chargrilled nuts and bonfire long long finish ; classy dram.
15th June 2014
I love peaty drams and after many years i finally tried the supposed legend or Ardbeg. Where to start ...the nose doesn't carry that pure peatiness of a Lagavulin or Laphroaig, theres a sour odour of burnt rubber. Very dry on the palate with a slight bitter note, definitely no sweetness here still carrying that rubbery bitterness through. The finish is very dry, something i quite like but i find the whole experience very confused. The BIG smoke just isn't there for me, its smokey but not a patch on a Laphroaig and its just nowhere near a lagavulin 16, the peat in that has real momentum and carries right through to the finish, here, its all very confused. Disappointing
10th June 2014
Nasty! just give me Ardbeg.
9th June 2014
I agree with some of the comments about tasting antiseptic, but a few drops of spring water can do wonders for a palate. The finish i like, not sure I would buy another bottle though.
5th June 2014
Sorry folks. Ardbeg is simply a nasty tasting scotch for me, my wife and 2 of my neighbors. None of us liked it. That peculiar taste of band aids was overpowering and unpleasant. I've blown through about 1/2 the bottle and I can't get used to that taste....never mind enjoy it. Furthermore, none of us could detect that "smokey" taste everyone crows about. Give me Laphroig, Glen Garioch, Jura, Dalmore or Glenfiddich 15 anytime......just don't give me Ardbeg.
16th May 2014
my favorite whiskey of them all. i'm all about smoky whisky and this is the best yet. Laphroaig is too tame.
11th May 2014
This is an extreme! The aroma keeps my girlfriend at arms length but the taste is wonderful. not for everyone but it is probably the smokiest whisky on the market. Leagues better than Laphriog!
6th May 2014
This is like an epic awesome whiskey! I must have like been looking like forever before I found this one. It's like totally epic. I have tried like awesome numbers before I found this. What I totally don't like understand is why the place is like called Islay and not Island like the others. Still like this is an epic totally awesome drink.
John - Boston Ma.
5th May 2014
Bought because of high taste rating posted on sign. Tastes and smells exactly like the old Lysol antibacterial cleanser that has been discontinued for some years. Recalls memories of cleaning bathrooms. Not that there's anything wrong with that. . . .
29th April 2014
I'm glad I went for the tester first as this isn't for me. Heavy smoke, medicinal finish that lasts. I wouldn't buy it but that's just my taste. Recommend a tester for this one.
18th April 2014
Is Islay was a cake, this would be the slice with all the frosting.
Stellar dram, balanced, with the right amount of peat. The best I can equate it to is eating peanut brittle at the beach on Islay next to a campfire at night. Oh, and it's foggy, definitely foggy.
But this malt, right now, do eet!
Love it, but cheaper to buy here
9th April 2014
So strong on the aroma yet so smooth on the tongue.
I pay just under $100Can here in Ontario and it is worth every penny. I have tried some others in this price range but sofar nothing else is even close and I feel no need to spend more.
Some may be turned off by that strong smokey aroma but if you are hold your nose and simply taste it I doubt you will be sorry you forced it past your lips.
5th April 2014
Can never figure out how this Islay can be so powerful yet so smooth and balanced, but I suppose that's the unique magic. It's just perfect and easily the best value of any single malt I've yet to try.
2nd April 2014
I give this a ten simply because of the strong and long lasting balanced bomb of peat smoked glory that will send your tastebuds into whisky heaven while your mind will send you thinking of huge bonfires at a beach in the middle of the night. Islay never stop to surprise me and if it's not my favourite whisky yet, it bloody well might be before the bottle is empty.
Long traditions and a knowledge of what defines the whisky's from islay is what you get in this bottle. You will feel the spirits - and by god, they will stay in your mouth for a long time when you drink this, it's absolutely astonishing.
If you prefer to drink ladies drinks, stay away from islay whisky's, this is NOT for you! These precious drops of nirvana should not be spilled on infidels.
Enjoy your drink with a dash of tempered water as this baby holds 46% and you might want it down to 37 before it will kiss your mouth softly. If your cold from a long walk outside, sit down in a good chair, sit back and say hello, because you deserve it.
29th March 2014
Never been a fan of peat, actually hated it but when I was in a pub and this was the only whisky available I thought I'd give it a go. I was blown away by the quality of this whisky so much more than just peat going on, it's rich with vanilla and cream. The peat it's self is smooth and just lovely. All the people saying it tastes horrible I urge you to give it a second chance. The day I tried ardbeg is a day I will always remember, can't put a price on new experiences with good friends in a pub.
28th March 2014
I was sure someone would offer to kick my arse for spelling whisky as "whiskey". Sorry about that. Cant get enough of that Smokey flavour though. Love a good peated Scotch.
28th February 2014
I'be only recently started drinking Scotch, but i've tried many types, most distinctly Lagavulin 16 year. In my opinion, this is my favorite so far. It's sweet, yet smoky at the same time, and doesnt leave a bad after taste like The Glenlivet.
27th February 2014
After my first bottle of Ardbeg 10, it instantly became my favorite whiskey. I love the long lasting peaty taste on my tongue. I am no expert on single malts but I know what I like and now want to try more
from Ardbeg. Simply superb
22nd February 2014
My first Islay and wow! Citrusy seawater and liquid smoke. Initially intimidating yet intriguing. The first dram is different and a little scary. Then you want more. Like sex!
Interesting Whisky.it is the smokiest I have tried but the smoke is almost like camouflage because once you get past it, this is a very mellow, somewhat sweet Whisky with a dominant vanilla taste and a soft sweetness. The Whisky has almost no color so aesthetically not the most appealing. Lagavulin 16, my favorite, is almost as smoky but has a more intense color and the taste is more complex. Only way I can describe it. Still, it is a very nice Whisky. Someone commented about drinking hoppy beers and having a conditioned palate for strong flavors. I understand. I too like very hoppy beers and the Islay whiskies seem to satisfy my craving for strong flavors the most. Balvenie is good too but almost as a dessert Whisky.
21st February 2014
This blows any other $50 bottle away. Lots of smoke and peat but smooth.
Laphroaig is not even in the same class much more harsh. I tell people all the time nay JW is not for real scotch drinkers it for people who think they drink scotch. Arbeg is for scotch drinkers. Tried the more expensive ones above the 10 and did not like them as well.
Quote from my friend who loves cigars and scotch, Ardbeg is his scotch and cigar in one when he cannot light up inside.
1st February 2014
One of the best bangs for you buck when it comes to Islay scotches. Ranks up there with the more expensive Lagavulin
24th January 2014
Overly powerful antiseptic finish.Only for those who really like the peat,classy but narrow in appeal I would think.
20th January 2014
Okay, if you're not a fan of Islays, you're simply not going to like this. But this is, to my palate, a class above the pack.
13th January 2014
if you wanna know the difference between a blended and a single malt.... start here. this is a stand alone revelatory Scotch that should make you realise why you shouldn't drink blendeds. it's an affordable favourite and is very distinctive, nearly unique!
19th December 2013
Colour is just awful, makes you not want do drink that
Unbalanced taste, all i can get is the smoke
10th December 2013
in your mouth
4th December 2013
To all amateurs like myself, do not fear the bad reviews for the supposed overpowering nature of this beautiful dram. It is actually more polite than I imagined it would be. Definitely strong and unique in peat and smoke, but not an all-out assault on your taste buds the way a very hoppy IPA (beer) might taste. Maybe my tongue has toned down the extremes from drinking strong beer, but this stuff tasted like leather-menthol sea salt heaven with a little citrus in there for good measure. The nose is stronger than the flavor, I think, so don't let it put you off. Give it a sip and enjoy.
27th November 2013
Quite a bit of the iodine smell, can be offputting at first, but when having this dram occasionally, it is tolerable. The peat hits you and you imagine yourself eating a forest fire. The smoke, the bbq meat, the fire.
Pretty good stuff, can drink this neat, but not my everyday dram.
26th November 2013
And that was a failure, as I somehow clicked a half star on the my added info. Can a moderator or site owner delete the "Adding..." review? Or remove the half star?
22nd November 2013
I'm not adding a star review intentionally because I'm simply too new and haven't tasted enough to really form an opinion. I feel I lack experience to adequately grade this officially, but I wanted to chime in just the same.
I'm new to whisky, having finally discovered my desired taste profile when a neighbor served me a glass of Lagavulin 16. Since then I've been on a tasting journey, trying to discover as much as I can when the opportunities arise. Mostly I'm finding that I just prefer smokey Islays and thus my first purchase was a Bowmore 12, which I enjoyed but found it lacked the smokey peaty punch of the Lagavulin. It was a good introduction to the region nevertheless. My second purchase is the Ardbeg 10 and I'm not all that far into it, but I'm REALLY enjoying this. I've had the chance to contrast it directly to the Lagavulin 16, and though both are sublime, I do think this Ardbeg 10 is my winner. Price isn't the concern as they're both pretty pricey in my area: $92 for Ardbeg, $109 for Lagavulin (Montréal). I'd like to, and will eventually, own both simulataneously but at current time I'm giving the nod to Ardbeg.
So this review is from a total novice, but I'm willing to and wanting to do this right. I'd like to try a few more Islays and then explore some other regions and styles. I like to be thorough, so I feel I can't move on from Islay until I've had at least Laphroaig and Bunnahabain.
*sweet* bonfire smoke
7th November 2013
A superb dram but really it is not for the vast majority of whisky drinkers. It is best appreciated by someone who knows their whiskies and has some degree of skill with tasting and the words to express themselves. It is clear to see from the grammar and comments of some of the reviewers that they really should stick to Lager and Bitter. Please leave the serious comments to educated whisky drinkers such as myself and a select few!
Love this! Great straight but add just a teaspoon of water and wait for the magic to happen! Beautiful sweetness on the tip of the tongue, reminiscent of sweat bonfire smoke on a dark winter day infused with vanilla. As it travels over the tongue, more arrival of flavour, the smoke, peat, sweet saltiness that the sides of the tongue pick up. The finish is long, flavours of bitter dark chocolate or espresso coffee. On the nose, smoke, peat, iodine and a faint sweetness of burnt wood. With every sip, I'm transported to a wonderful, mysterious, magical place.
6th November 2013
my husband wanted to try this after seeing a lot of good reviews. it's terrible. he even made me try it to confirm it. way too much smokey peat and oak!! nasty. waste of $52
5th November 2013
Very disappointing. I am a big fan of the smoky Jura, and hoped for an equivalent balance. I find it to be too thin in the front, and too much stale smoke in the back. It is more like a thin reedy cigarette than a lovely mellow peat fire. It certainly is strong, but strong doesn't necessarily mean good. I will actually be pouring this out, which is always a tragedy.
28th October 2013
Ardbeg continues to be, in my opinion, the finest distillery on the planet. A true success story after battling back from the brink.
I tend to wander away from Ardbeg 10 at times but i am always drawn back. The initial huge peat rush both on the nose and palate is quickly joined by vanilla, a fruity sensation and a beautiful sweetness.
Perfectly balanced and worth every penny and then some.
21st October 2013
been experiencing the joy of whisky for 32 years & had the good the bad & the ugly ,but this one i just don't get at all.personal taste & favorite for me is heavy on the smoke & peat with a nice smoothness , this however doesn't tick any box for me .i found this out having purchased a whole bottle , so i would advise anyone ,due to its price tag to try a sample bottle of the stuff first.
10th October 2013
Don't really see what all the fuss is about to be honest, it is good but I'd rather have a bottle of Caol Ila 12 any day.
6th October 2013
Brilliant whisky, well balanced and interesting. The finish is smooth and to die for.
21st September 2013
Unbalanced, overwelming and boring.
I prefer so much the Lagavulin 16.
18th September 2013
Simply the best Islay whiskey on the planet pound for pound I tried them all... There's no denying the truth!!!
1st September 2013
If its peat/ smoke you want this has it. To me it was a $20 bottle but I guess I am just not a fan of this type . Had it while trying others ( balvenie, dalmore, j black gold and this this was not for me
31st August 2013
All whiskys have their own character and this is why I love the drink. I am very open minded. I actually tried a whole bottle of Ardbeg 10 and it was far too peaty and smokey for me to the point of overpowering the drink. The colour is very very light for a whisky. Not for me, but don't let me put you off trying this whisky. It was Jim Murrays 2008 best whisky so it must be very good. Would I buy another bottle? No
30th August 2013
Evidently, huge amounts of peat flavor are added, and then some of the less pleasant components are removed by distillation and aging - so it doesn't taste like the smoke in smoked fish or meat, it's almost unrecognizable as peat smoke at all - but for such a mouthful of - ? - eucalyptus, citrus, resin, i don't know what, but I do like it very much, it's the only Islay whisky I routinely keep in the cabinet (partly too because Lagavulin & Laphroig tends to be priced higher than I'm willing to spend, they're great too in their own ways) - but if you don't like smoke per se, don't shrink from trying this one, it's amazingly full of flavor, yet smooth - you'll hate it or love it -
23rd August 2013
A safe buy, you get what you pay for and thats a bottle of fantastic Islay whisky.
Very nice indeed, as good as the Laphroaig 10 yrs.
22nd August 2013
I had an occasion to sample the "10". I am hooked, now if it were only available here in Ukraine I would be more than thrilled, I would throw away the damn vodka still and just drink this.
15th August 2013
This is one of the smokiest things I have ever tried. The peat hits your nose as soon as you venture close and a wealth of complex oak and vanilla follow right after. It goes down smooth neat and is definitely a whisky that is to be savoured. Delicious.
18th July 2013
Ardbeg's taste is unique, a solid scotch and a personal favourite.
13th July 2013
I love different things about all three of the South Islay "peat monsters". The complexity and almost infinite finish of Lagavulin, the medicinal "peat reek" of Laphroaig and with Ardbeg it's the smokiness and taste on the palate that endears it to me. It's so powerful it has to be the last dram of the night, you can't taste anything else after it. This is a beautiful whisky, although for the money I'd argue that Laphroaig 10 cask strength is a better buy, but that's just my opinion and malts are a personal thing. Can't recommend this stuff highly enough.
14th June 2013
1star is too much
10th June 2013
This has to be one of the worst tasting whisky's ever.. Vile and all I could think of was
Jeyes cleaning fluid... Don't waste your money... Disappointing
The 2nd best on the market if you ask me. Here we have the Ardbeg 10, a winner! I could not recommend this one enough.
/Mike Sthlm Sweden
29th May 2013
I love Ardbeg 10yr. After a few one night we discovered our own best way to describe it. Nose: Wafts of old fisherman's wax jacket with hints of burnt peg-leg. Palate: Rich smokey brine and vanilla dipped in iodine. Finish: Lingering peat smoke and developing urge to catch a fish.
It truly is one of the most complex malts going.
23rd May 2013
A beautiful smokey peat blast from Islay! Taste like lemony barbecue beef! Keep up the good work ARDBEG!!!!
12th May 2013
I LOVE this Scotch! I feel like a woodsmen drinking this GREAT SCOTCH from the ISLAY! Keep it up ARDBEG!!!
It is refreshing change to see a wide range of views on this topic, but I do feel that there is a degree of inverted snobbery in whisky drinking. Having steeled myself to try it, I was pleasantly surprised at the taste considering what an abysmal odour it presents when the bottle is opened; however, that does not make it something I would rave about. Fortunately, there are many more still to try!
7th May 2013
I expected a peaty monster, which as it first hits the mouth it delivers, peat and coal by the shovel full, but only for the briefest moment, the sweet malty flavour then comes to the fore, finishing slowly with smoke and sweet malt barley intertwined deliciously, for me a little water makes the peat more complex but at the cost of the sweet malt, so neat every time. Absolutely excellent, I can honestly say I have never enjoyed a whisky more.
6th May 2013
There was such a hype on Ardbeg 10 as the real true character of Islay whiskies. I bought a bottle and could've added a few bucks more for a proper Islay whisky, like Lagavullin. Very disappointed. Too much medicinal / phenol!
4th May 2013
I like Ardbeg 10, but it seems to be missing some body and finish - but still good. A good malt to try if you're a fan of peat.
Having lived away from the UK for a while, people would often ask for a nip of my whisky if I ordered something 'exotic' in my local well stocked bar. Much like the shopping lists that you see on the side of Barried up motors, people like to list their favourites with a show of pride. Germans were no different when it came to ticking boxes, but Ardbeg was always guaranteed to be the one that they swerved when given a free nose above my glass.
Now that i find myself in Norway, I'm pleased that the local Vinmonopolet stocks this as one of their basisutvalg.
Perfect for Friday nights in a cabin after a long day's skiing.
12th April 2013
Pungent...burn...sharp...finish confusing. Didn't enjoy it. I'll choke it down with its 55€ price tag in Paris. Will not buy again. Lagavulin 16 still at the top of my list. Will try the Uigeadail. I haven't given up on Ardbeg altogether.
3rd April 2013
Lagavulin 16, Laphroaig 10, Talisker 10, Bruichladdich the Laddie 10, and perhaps next to Lagavulin 16 the best
29th March 2013
An open fire, a well worn Chesterfield chair, a plate of home made smoked salmon and a glass of Ardbeg 10............ PIG IN S**T!!! Eddie in Bolton!
8th March 2013
Talisker, Lagavulin, Laphroig, Bruichladich, tried them all. Ardbeg 10 every time.
24th February 2013
2 glasses..not pub measures neither.
23rd February 2013
So, so smooth, the taste notes hit at an electrifying pace, yet one can determine each and every one. The toasted marshmallow, is simply divine. Only drink if you can fully appreciate, what can only be described as one of the best malts ever. Ballsy, yet subtle. Simply put..YUM!
My favourite malt since I can remember. Oh, and a wee word to the haters... Ardbeg is serious stuff and was never meant for the feint hearted. Do yourself a favour however and come back in a few years when your palette is mature. If you don't taste one of the finest Malt Whiskies on the planet, I'd venture this whisky lark just isn't for you!
14th February 2013
This guy would,nt know a bottle of whisky if he got hit on the head with one. Just stick to the Sugar and water mate!!
Oh... got carried away there this stuff is just great but would also recommend the ardbeg uigeadail whish is just bliss!
28th January 2013
After all the reviews I really thought I would like this one but what a disappointment! I always take my dram with Irn Bru which I find adds more flavour to a whisky. However I have to say that this did not mix well in fact it tasted quite awful. I'll give this a miss in future and concentrate on the better quality malts
14th January 2013
The three Islay distilleries in a row down south all seem an acquired taste when compared to the massive remainder of single malt Scotch whiskies. The best balance is in the Ardbeg 10, and I'm a fan of the Laphroiag cask strength offerings as well. Good to know what you're getting into before you try.
13th January 2013
WOW... Very different, not expected,the Iodine taste was overwhelming from start to finish, big smoke with iodine, huge disappointment. No second chances here, JW red take me back
1st January 2013
Loved this product from the first glass and after comparisons with other favorites, (Ardbeg Uigeadail, Lagavulin 16, Laphroiag 10 and quarter cask) it still holds that position. Some of the negative reviews here help to point out that this whisky is not for all is really more indicative of ones general preferences.
Lots of people love this exemplary Islay drink and for very good reason.
Heavenly to savor the smell, taste and lingering fragrances, top of my list.
30th December 2012
"Ardbeg 10" was my first delve into the Ardbeg range, and I was not dissapointed. I had previously only found one other peaty malt and stuck to it (my being a creature of habit: I stick to what I like and don't change). But, this Ardbeg 10 was a gift from another Malt man.
The first crack of the cork released a huge peaty blast from within. It was like releasing a peat genie from a bottle. The scent was instant.
I passed some into a glass and left to air for a few seconds. On the nose, this revealed a fire that had just gone out, leaving that wonderful smokey/burnt wood scent.
First sip, and held in the mouth: an instant hit of peat and burnt wood, accompanied by a moist earthy aroma on the back of the throat! Again, a truly pleasant taste!
I am a pipe smoker, and favour the traditional tobaccos of days long ago - like Digger Flake (still available today). As I sit with lit pipe and a glass of Ardbeg 10, the two compliment each other like they were meant to be together.
I am not usually a fan of adding water to my malts, but was curious to see what could be coaxed from this Islay malt. How much range has this whisky got?
An small dash of water added, swirled and mixed, and then tasted. The peaty fire had died down on the pallate, and I was this time greeted with a much more subtle flavour, still retaining the earthiness and wood aromas, still displaying the peat aroma. I did find a warm citrus after-taste at the back of the throat. It was lighter and had a "happier" more relaxed taste with bitter dark chocolate tones.
Upon finishing the first glass, if you breathed in through the nose with mouth closed, closed your eyes, you could still detect the outdoor smells. A peat fire, damp earth after a light rain, fresh leather (like new shoes) and a hint of sea-salt air as if actually standing beside the sea. This malt kept on giving pleasure, long after the glass was dry.
I recommend this malt to anyone who likes a peaty flavour to their whisky. It's not as strong as other peat loaded malts on the market, but to me, Ardbeg 10 has got the balance right on everything.
Enjoy it with NO distractions. No TV, No computer. Turn the lights out and have a few lit tea-light candles glowing on the mantle piece. Add a CD of your favourite easy listening songs and pour your first glass.
Close your eyes and wait....as your tongue transports you to the Western Isles in Scotland, where you will stand on the white sand beach, breath in the sea-salt filled air, smell the fresh cut peat, and feel the warmth of the fire that has been lit to welcome you.
No passport is required - Just a good taste in malt whisky. And with Ardbeg 10, you can travel far - without leaving the comfort of your favourite chair.
Rating: I give this whisky the full 10 points available.
David Gerrard. Banff. Aberdeenshire.
26th December 2012
Really lacks the peaty smoke of its Islay brothers. Very disappointing in that respect, however it is nonetheless a highly drinkable, easy going dram. I wouldn't buy again, instead favouring Laphroig or Lagavulin.
25th December 2012
Not a connoisseur of Single Malt Whisky's (but I know what I like) I really enjoyed this Birthday gift from my daughter in Australia,I have read all the previous reviews and my amateurish remarks gleaned from those are,loved the sweet vanilla taste on first taste then the smoky,peaty flavour hit me,which was really to my palate and the after taste which lasted lovingly was much to be admired,I hung on for as long as I could before my second sip just to make the tot last longer,where the iodine remarks come from I can't fathom,this beauty is far from medicinal and I for one will be very sad when this bottle is finished (I won't be sharing it with anyone,believe me) and although I don't usually pay out this sort of price on a single malt,I would certainly be tempted to treat myself.Truly Beautiful,thank you Joanne(my daughter) and Ardbeg.
24th December 2012
I love peaty whiskey and this comes a very close second to my fave laphroaig. Superb
22nd December 2012
I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so I got a sample of this, my taste notes below:
Nose: Medicinal (smells like anti-sceptic cream! Iodine??)
Palate: Smoky peat, salty and iodine flavours prevail. Sweet Vanilla and citrus tang.
Finish: Smoky peat and caramel and salt spray. Smoke flavour lasts a long time after the rest.
After about half a shot with water, left with a mouth that feels and tastes like an ashtray!!!
15th December 2012
What a horrible taste and awful after taste! Most disgusting whiskey I have ever tasted. Poured it down the sink.
6th December 2012
This has to be the best islay whiskey of all and there are some good ones. Just the tool for a cold winter's night.
25th November 2012
Great quality malt for the price. Much more on offer than other Islays in this price range. Lovely sweet vanilla cutting through the smoke with grilled orange
23rd September 2012
I am primarily a Speyside/Highlands Scotch drinker but I thought I would give this one a try to see the difference. I tried it pure at first with no dillution and could hardly stand the medicinal taste since it lingered for such a long time. It tatsted like I was sucking on a bandaid or a roll of gauze. I tried it again today with some water and the tastes were different and I welcomed the change. Nice for something different, but I think overall I'll still end up sticking with my Macallan, Glenfarclas, and Glendronach.
1st August 2012
Don't be fooled, this little beauty has a lot going for it despite its tender 10 yr age. Lots of complex vanilla, a lovely sweet smoke and grilled oranges make this one of my favourites. Who can argue for £35 for a whisky of such quality, an absolute bargain!
30th July 2012
If we were to compare Islay whiskies, I'd put this above its Laphroaig counterpart, but the Lagavulin 16 is a cut above. In an ideal world the Ardbeg would be 5-10 pounds cheaper, but it's still worth the money.
22nd June 2012
The "slightly hint" of iodine is very overwhelming and leaves a horrible aftertaste. Just think about what iodine smells like and it tastes just as it smells.
16th April 2012
19th January 2012
I have only recently started to drink and enjoy 'peaty' whiskies and Ardbeg knocks all the others I have tried into a cocked hat. By adding a teaspoon of water releases a wonderfully fragrant mix of vanilla, lemons, sea air, oak, open fires and our good friend peat. compared to other peated whiskies ardbeg 10 has a wonderfully warming slow surge of smokiness. Beautiful!
28th December 2011
The Uigeadail is, for me, the king of the Ardbeg castle, but for less than forty quid there is no better whisky than the "house" ten year old. No whisky drinker's collection should be without this whisky.
26th December 2011
I like my Islay's and this might just become my go to bottle. I enjoy it more than the Laphroaig. I'm not sure I prefer it over Bowmore's Darkest, but it's price and local availability will have me reaching for it first.
23rd December 2011
Am a fan of Islay drams.. just got a bottle of this and i am a believer! It holds an amazing balance between lagavulin and a bowmore or coal ila.. where smoke, sweetness and iodine saltiness are in balance.. it seems to do what the other try to.. really impressed.
30th November 2011
Typically I'm not an Islay drinker and have very particular tastes when it comes to this region. I'm more of a Speyside or Highlands drinker. However, for me, Ardbeg makes a fine scotch. Very mild peat taste, flavorful smoke with a surprisingly nice medicinal flavor just before a smooth sweet finish. Definitely not bad.
20th September 2011
big smoke, a lovely creamy sweetness and some lovely coffee like bitterness on the end. A Lovely entry level Ardbeg malt ( that isn't really a entry level malt at all ;] )
17th September 2011
Oh so nice I had to have another. Lovely, not to peaty and the smokeyness stayed with me for ages after I had whished it round my mouth.
2nd September 2011
I truly enjoy this scotch. Peat taste, smokey and smooth taste and is great with many cigars
12th August 2011
Fantastic Islay single malt! Smokey nose, smooth peaty notes, malty sweetness and a finish that is hard to find elsewhere. The balance is perfect and the complexity from the extra ABV is wonderful. I highly recommend it.
23rd April 2011
thgere is no going back on this one pound for pound it is simply the best.
9th March 2011
� for � simply THE BEST
If you'd like it slightly less sweet with a bit more balance and less Iodine (but just slightly less) this is the Dram for you. Not a fan of the Islay single malts but if you like them peaty with a hint of smoke this one is for you.
18th September 2010
This is my first bottle from Ardbeg. I loved it and look forward to my next bottle. A bit medicinal at times but overall a good choice.
6th September 2010
Ardbeg is not for everyone!This is the Man's Single Malt!
8th August 2010
nothing more to add than sit back relax and enjoy
16th July 2010
Don't get me wrong, a fine whisky indeed. I think when comparing to Islay's Laphroaig ten is the better value. Again, a fine tasting whisky, I have a hard time justifying the extra money when comparing to the Laphroaig.
20th May 2010
Yes it may be 'only 10 yo' but make no mistake ths is a Giant of a whisky! It is of course bottlings from the distillations of the previous owners but under the new regime it is good to see no compromise on chill-filtering. Interesting to compare this to the new Renaissance expression!
15th December 2009
The finish is absolutely amazing, leaving a subtle, cauchuck like film of a dark chocoalate taste. I normally prefer sweet sherried malts, but I made an - well justified! - exemption for that tipple.
1st October 2009