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Ardbeg 10 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

Ardbeg 10 Year Old

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Ardbeg 10 Year Old Bottling Note

A phenomenal whisky packing powerful peaty deliciousness, Ardbeg 10 Year Old is a favourite of many whisky lovers around the world. Produced on the Kildalton Coast of Islay, this single malt matures for a decade before being bottled without any chill-filtration. If you're after a whisky with full of coastal air, smoke and more, this is exactly what you want.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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Ardbeg 10 Year Old Reviews

Superb example of an Islay single malt at a very good price.

I love the stuff...well priced in SA and in my humble opinion more interesting that lagavulin which although excellent has become a little generic.

14th September 2020

Too much harsh smoke for me with little supporting flavours. Much prefer Laguvulin 16, much more than just smoke,

Too much harsh smoke for me with little supporting flavours, needs more sweet and saline flavour to balance out the intense smoke.

10th September 2020

A complex dram, well balanced

Burnt marshmallow s’mores: burnt sugar evolving into honey grahams with a lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate. A drop of water accentuates the sweetness.

6th September 2020


The best I've had in recent years. A unique aroma that conquers. Persistent on the palate, just in its description. I will buy it again and share it with friends

22nd August 2020

Peated Vodka is wrong

Lovely firey old school Islay whisky.One of my favorites . Good price too. buy it

22nd August 2020

Just buy bells this is shite compared.

It's only been 2 days but I had to come back, this isn't whisky it doesn't even have any oak esque tastes to it. I'm sat with a lagavulin 16 directly after an Ardbeg 10 and I'm just so confused as it simply isn't even close to tasting like whisky! It really just tastes like earthy smokey ethanol.

15th August 2020

Peated Vodka

It's nice but in all honesty it just tastes like peated vodka, I don't get any whisky type flavours other than smoke and ethanol, no toffee, no oak, no whisky vibes at all. Ledaig 10 smashes this out the park for a peated whisky that has all the tastes of whisky.

I'd of recommended lagavulin but that tripe is added colour and chill filtered mainly because of its rubbish owners Diageo, every single whisky brand they own tastes sweetened and has that added caramel tastes/funk.

Ledaig 10 is better, actually Smokey Monkey almost beats this.

12th August 2020

On an offer as purchased will be Nos one every time

Big punchy peated sea spray on nose smoky fruity heather on palate and liqurice finish . Great value of £37 . Best Islay by far.

29th July 2020

Doesn’t need another review, but here goes...

Everyone knows this is a cracker! If you don’t like peat and smoke, or buy it not knowing the characteristics of this type of Islay malt you’ll hate it, but otherwise it’s the undisputed “cheap” Peaty monster king. Personally I am a big fan of the Laphraoig 10, but this delivers the peat so much better. I’ve knocked off half a star for the high price compared to other ten year olds.

24th July 2020

As mentioned below, powerful and delicious.

My first love was Laphroaig QC, and anything I´ve tasted after it, came close to it - if we speak about Islay. Even Lagavullin 16, which is a truly great whisky, didn´t meet my expectations - it´s too sherry-like and sophisticated for me. But this Ardbeg 10 is an exception. This differs much from the QC, but in a good way. It´s simply DELICIOUS! At first I thought that there´s even too much richness in it, but now after a few drams, every element of it settles down in a very, very balanced way. Really incredible, for a whisky in this price class. Very rich, smooth and balanced, and still burning. It lacks nothing. Truly a great Islay whisky.

11th July 2020

Powerful & Delicious !

I am not a regular drinker. Usually go for Rye & Coke, Rye & Ginger or recently Rum & Coke. I tried my Son's tecent purchase of Ardbeg 10 and fell in Love with it's flavour ! While he almost regrets buying it because he finds it wierd tasting. He is going to try and mix it. My wife finds it tastes & smells awful ! But after the first couple of tastes I fell in Love with this Scotch ! I have been converted over to Scotch !
I have found something worth drinking !

14th May 2020

Suffers a bit in comparison to offerings from Laphroaig, in my opinion.

Not bad, but not as good as the Laphroaig staples like the Lap 10 and QC.

20th April 2020

So perfumed! So perfumed!


19th April 2020

~ A quick note -

~ this early 2020 / late 2019 bottling is quite a bit nuttier and saltier than the bottle I had last, in the early Spring of 2018, a bottling which was slightly sweeter and more vanilla forward.
Let me say that the Ardbeg 10 is at its core a distinctly refined and nuanced dram, not a 'dirty' ill-tempered one, and one with a great amount of soft subtlety, but I am relishing the more teeth-clenching tenacity on display at present.
Very nice.

thank you.

4th March 2020

Chinese balm and burn oak trees

This whiskey was a bit too hot and smokey for me. I'm typically an Irish whisky drinker, so I was a bit surprised when I poured myself a drink. If you're into the medicinal and burnt wood taste, this is a whisky for you. I'll stick with my good old friend, redbreast 12.

29th February 2020

A smoky slap & a Siren’s kiss.

Reputed to be mermaid’s bath water. More like a smoky slap in the face tempered by a Siren’s kiss. Balanced.

27th February 2020

One of the best out there.

I'm very particular about what I drink as not many agree with me. This fine single malt leaves me feeling calm and stimulated. A warming dram of ethereal perfection. A delightful and refined meditative experience on a cold winter's evening.

22nd January 2020

Intensely smoky and medicinal notes

If you like a strong scotch with intense peat smoke and medicinal notes, this one is perfect.
Great price for this amazing stuff.

31st December 2019

Caol ila 12 is better and cheaper

For my surprise this whisky didnt blow my socks off is not very complex and the peat is not that strong for me caol ila 12 had more peat and a better flavor profile but hey is an education.

18th December 2019

A very special treat.

My good friend introduced me to this last night and I felt compelled enough to look up a comments thread to see if it was just me. Nothing else I've tried compares. There's no going back, moreover there is no point in going back either ! Perhaps I ought to refrain from saying that. I do not want to ever get used to this whisky so will still take others just to fill in and make Ardbeg my very special treat.

15th December 2019

Brilliant and beginners can enjoy too

Brilliant Scotch. New to Scotch? Start with this, not a so called ‘beginner’s’ dram which will make you think the stuff is bad or boring. I’ve been drinking Scotch since about 1975–take it from me, you will like this; sweet, smoke, peat, and more.

3rd December 2019

Give me some of that smoky love!

Superb peated scotch. That first sip you feel the fire then the smoke followed by the ashy embers then the kick in the finish is like nothing else. I have tried many single malts over the last 20 years and nothing else comes close to Ardbeg 10yo. Slainte!

3rd December 2019

For the money, best whisky in the world

Tastes like the decaying corpse of an Irish Sea fisherman, freshly exhumed from his peat bog grave. And I love it.

30th November 2019

The Business!

For those who savour the heavily peated south coast Islay malts, this is a must for your collection. I'm a big fan of Laphroaig, especially the cask strength, and Lagavulin 16 but pound for pound, this Ardbeg 10 @ 46% and non-chillfiltered is the business! Yes the Laphroaig 10 is probably still more 'in-your-face' peaty and the Laga 16 is probably more subtle (but I think it's losing ground with its 43% and chillfiltered) but this Ardbeg has such a deft balance of peat, smoke, meat and sweetness. The finish is so long you'll still be tasting it the next morning!

28th November 2019

My go to dram

Excellent balance and loaded with peat, this one stands up well with a few drops of water. A little sweetness is detectable, but for me it's just right. Not for the faint of heart, but a longtime favorite of mine.

27th November 2019


After drinking Uigeadail and Corryvreckan I finally got round to opening the bottle of Ardbeg 10 year old I’ve had in the cupboard. It’s superb. Smokey and peaty, with a hint of sea salt, it’s complex, with a long finish and a great mouth feel. I like it better neat but a splash of water would probably make it a little less challenging. I was always a Laphroaig fan, but this beats it hands down now for me. As the entry level, “cooking” Ardbeg it’s a phenomenal drink.

24th November 2019

Old favourite of mine!

At the price, this is one of my favourite Islay drams. Think of Laphroaig 10 but peaty instead of smoky, also a bit more refined and a little sweeter (but not sweet overall). A few drops of water bring out more flavour nuances and it also benefits from a bit of rest after pouring. Will always keep a bottle on my Scotch shelf.
However it is not a beginner's dram by any means and can be overwhelming if used as an introduction to Islay whiskies.
PS: An even better version of this (also more expensive) is the Uigeadail. Worth tasting at least, before making it a permanent presence in your booze bunker!

18th November 2019

Peated perfection

This is the one that sealed the deal. After tasting this whiskey, I knew there was no going back.

25th October 2019

Superb smokey scotch!

One of my favourite peated whiskies. It's not all about the smoke as it's got lots of character too and is full bodied. If you want a good introduction to peated whiskey then this is the one!

9th October 2019

Breddy gud

Was apprehensive about trying this, since it's my first scotch, but I was hooked pretty quickly. Like drinking charred wood and smoked meat. Love it.

6th September 2019

Something to crave

Ardbeg 10 leaves a special lining in your pallet a long while. It's the only whiskey I crave and cannot find anything else as enjoyable.

28th August 2019

Scottish sensuality in a Glass

While Laphroaig has been described as a "Big peaty punch in the face"; Ardbeg would best be likened to a deep smokey sensual kiss followed by passionate peat infused lovemaking . Heed the warnings though and do not over indulge in this pale vixen or you will suffer for it.

22nd August 2019


Very average Islay whisky.
Too sweet for me, Kilchoman much better.

12th June 2019


This is a great whisky, and at 46% you can add a splash of water to make it sing. Unapologetically peaty it's a dram to savour. Not for everyone, but worth getting to know.

12th June 2019

A whisky that you just can't help fall in love with.

I like smokey and complexe flavoured whisky. At start, strong in your mouth, and with a prolonged finish.
Its smokiness, roughness and sweet-salty flavor transport us to a scenario of hard working men, in rough windy conditions near the sea. Giving this whisky their souls.

10th June 2019

Amazing whisky of masters.

On the nose agressivelly peaty and smoky with distinct vanilla and oakiness. Some complex aromas can be noted such as faint fruitiness. On the palate it is fullbodied briny and still smoky from intense peatiness. Water addition intensifies sweetness. Aftertaste is long and still smoky.

5th June 2019

Smoked pleasure

One of my favorites one

31st May 2019

My "Anytime" Ardbeg

I love the peat/smoke flavor expression in a scotch, and Ardbeg is my favorite brand along those lines. Within the brand, Uigeadail stands as my ultimate variety of choice, but is not an everyday dram for me at its typical price point. That's where the Ardbeg 10-year comes in. For my tastes and wallet, it's about as close to an ideal baseline Islay as I can find. Just a lovely drink that allows me to experience all of my favorite scotch pleasures, whenever I desire them. Always sipped neat, with two drops of spring water and about ten minutes to open up a bit. A masterpiece of both flavor and value.

15th April 2019


This is my go to scotch. I could drink this everyday. Great price, complexity, and smoke. Ardbeg is one of my favorite distilleries along side springbank. and are one of the few that offer great scotch, NCF, no artificial coloring, and a higher abv, all at a reasonable price.

4th April 2019

Ardbeg is amazing, outstanding, complex - the best of its kind -

Yes, heavily peated malts are not for everyone because everyones tastebuds aren't either developed enough or capable of appreciating the hammer blast of peaty smoky flavour this delivers. Really - some people cannot actually taste certain things never mind being able to discern complexity.

I started my whisk(e)y drinking with the occasional cheap(ish) bourbon and then moved onto single malts by my early twenties (always neat). I remember gagging at what I then thought was the repulsive taste of laphroaig...

Thankfully my taste has evolved allot in the last ten years (like from amoeba to homo sapiens...) and I've had the privilege of drinking some of the best regarded whiskies and cognacs. Like fine wine, whisk(e)y has its categories - in this case, peaty scotch - Ardbeg is undoubtedly the best of its kind, anyone who says otherwise isn't experienced enough or is just incapable of discerning its complexity. This whisky is truly outstanding and testament to how amazing and varied the world of whisky is.

Its also worth mentioning that compared to other categories of single malt whisky Ardbeg Ten is also exceptional value, you are getting the best of its kind for a very approachable £40 a bottle.

31st March 2019

Classic peat with interesting complexity

Wonderful peat (no shortage of that) but still balanced enough and complex to be quite enjoyable. If I’ve had a bourbon and it was too sweet at the time, a dram of this cuts the nonsense and brings back the palate. Very enjoyable.

24th February 2019

Ardbeg 10, lush

I absolutely love this whisky. Can’t put into words myself the complexity that all the other reviews describe, but as I read and drink a lot of it rings true. Whisky drinking just evolves . What you once will dislike you will eventually love. Just enjoy the journey. Don’t jump in the deep end. You have time.

21st February 2019

A non-apologetic dram of smoky loveliness

If you like smoky Islay whiskies then this is for you, although I’d be surprised if you hadn’t tried it already. Not got the iodine of Laphroaig and not as complex as Lagavulin 16. I was surprised to find it more smoky than the latter.

Citrus on the nose and vanilla in the first. Then the peat takes over and dominates, and oh boy does it linger! It’s a lovely dram and will be my go-to for Islay whiskies from now on. If you find yourself taking long country walks in the autumn then this is the whisky to put in your hip flask.

27th January 2019

A work of Art in a Glass

My favourite Islay whisky. Sad to see my current bottle almost running dry. Will be re-stocking.

20th January 2019

One of my favorite. All the way baby.

Nose: Oh, the smoke, the smoke. "I love the intense smell of campfire in the morning." A hint of lemon.
Palate: Oily and smooth, just a bit of caramel, long-lasting.

20th January 2019

Very peaty,


10th January 2019

Smokey Scotch Heaven.

A few strokes of vanilla mist, followed by a short lived wave of citrus excitement, then a peaty mouth orgasm the size of a tsunami. This scotch dwarfs the taste and complexity of Highland Park 12 year old.

Seriously, a must try.

27th December 2018

So disappointed; tastes what I imagine coal tar soap dissolved in vodka would; foul.

Tastes bitter and of burnt peat, coal tar.

25th December 2018

Well Balanced Smoky Single Malt

What an incredible Single Malt Scotch!

It is fascinating how mild the nose is on this dram, considering what we are about to taste. You do get the smoke and peat on the nose but with a decent amount of floral tones.

There is also an amazing amount of phenols in Ardbeg which comes to life on your tongue. Smoke, peat and that non-chill filtered oily feel, reacting immediately as you taste it. They stay alive the whole time they are rolling around.

On the finish the smoke and peat is of course just as notable with a stage of leather and those floral notes you had on the nose, finished by a almost mint sensation. To be honest there are much more to this dram, so you need to come back to it several times and discover new notes.

Yes, this is a really smoky and peaty Scotch, but it is so very well balanced and has a lot to offer it doesn't hold back anything else. I'd say it is smoke done right. If you like that this is a must have on the shelf.

One of the pillars of Islay peaty single malts.

17th December 2018

One of the best.... (if you like peat and smoke)!!

For me its simple, Ardbeg 10 is one of the best bottles of whisky for £40 or under.
Smoke and Peat in abundance as you would expect but plenty of other flavours going on to surprise. Try the slightly saltier An Oa if you like it a little lighter in the smoke.

4th December 2018

Superbly peaty.

Smokey and salty. Taste is very complex with the hints of salty and citrucy nuances. Peat is so pleasant on the palate. It lasts surprisingly long. It is easy to see why professional testers call it dream of whisky lovers.

3rd December 2018

The king

Just the best!

26th November 2018

As above

Laphroaig's big brother. More depth in the taste. Saved mine for special occasions.

18th November 2018

Not as challenging as Laphroig, and more enjoyable for it.

The peatiness is not a surprise, the citrus & honey very much is. Add a drop (and I mean a drop) of water for a satisfying experience.

16th November 2018

If you're not familiar with smoky whisky don't bother touching it

You're not gonna get much better than this if you like a young Islay. Laphroaig 10 is the benchmark, Ardbeg 10 is the over achiever.

2nd November 2018

Smokey peat lingers a looong time

Bought my firstborn bottle today. Amazing! First true prayed scotch I’ve had and love it. The smoke lingers on the palate Long after. Drink Neat!....Ice would ruin the experience. For sure not my last bottle.

20th October 2018

Good whisky

Good whisky for the money. Smokey and pleasant. Do Not compare it with Lagavulin 16 which is far more complex. I mean, it is good, but that's it.

14th October 2018

A collectable one not to miss

The packaging gives you a insightful detail of the dram. Strong on the noise with good peat and great smoky flavour. It tastes sweeter than I would have like, sting vanilla taste and some liquorice tastes once in the month. Not as peaty as Ledaig 10, still a 5 stars quality.

3rd October 2018

A true classic

Simply wonderful

30th September 2018

The best whiskey in the world

God send us this marvelous drink. huge!

27th September 2018


Not for me. I guess my palate is not refined enough. Got a bottle as a gift, tried it and gave it away.

21st September 2018


I bought a bottle at the grocery here in America for 45 dollars. Quite good. I have tried Scotch from all the big distilleries in Islay, this one is solid. If I'm being greedy I'd say they could up the ABV on this and it might pop a bit more. For more pop try Laphroaig. This Ardbeg goes down easy though.

28th August 2018

Glorious Sipper

Each dram a special event.
It need time and the peat can
act the barrier to some,but bravery
pay off big time.
A marvelous sipper A+.

16th August 2018

The marmite dram

Bound to divide opinion. No sitting on the fence with this one. Almost certainly an acquired taste.

12th August 2018

Quite nice, but also quite pricey

Very nice to see such a light whisky not being coloured. The vanilla and citrus tang isn't something to write home about in and on itself, but the smoke following soon after is among the most complex I've ever tasted. Although superior to Laproigh it is also quite a bit more expensive. To be honest for the money I'd rather buy a Glenglassaugh peated portwood if I'd be looking for something peaty.

19th July 2018

Islay Gem

Boasts the smokey sweet flavor typical of the Islay expressions with a remarkable smoothness and complexity bar none.

3rd July 2018

There is no other whisky

The only whisky I will drink. I may be a snob, but I'm a happy one

24th April 2018

Ardbeg 10yo Single Malt, non-chill-filtered, no e150a, 46% abv.

Concentrated but very soft peat. Big vanilla. A world of subtle complexities. The connoisseur's single malt.


- G.C.

21st April 2018

Rich and a little harsh if rushed

Very rich and smokey, not to be drunk after a light highland or speyside as very contrasting. Enjoyable slowly and on its own, but a strong and possibly acquired taste. Similar to the Uigeadail to be honest, but a little less smooth. If you enjoy one you'll enjoy the other.

10th April 2018


Love it ! ! !
So smokey you don't need a bonfire.

10th April 2018

Nasty, awful stuff

Tastes like linement filtered through old Band-Aids. Awful.

5th April 2018

My favorite booze in the world.

I've had a couple of Ardbeg's other bottlings--Uigeadail, Corryvreckan--and they're both mysterious and fascinating in their own ways. Lagavulin drips with history and authority; Laphroaig is approachable and fun in cocktails.

Ardbeg 10 is, for me, is the simple perfection of scotch's most essential flavors: peat, malt, sea-salt, iodine, earth. There's nothing extraneous; the flavor is leaner than any other Islay scotch, but it's perfectly-balanced. It's my favorite scotch, and thus my favorite whisky, and thus my favorite booze in the world. It's an extremely dry scotch, almost bone dry, and it's the color of pale straw. It tastes like peat smoke and mineral-rich earth beaten by the cold Atlantic. Its taste is more evocative than any other whisky: I imagine myself in cold Scotland under a cloudy sky.

Laphroaig tastes like a campfire, rounded out by oak and a mild sweetness. Lagavulin tastes like a peat fire in an ancient library full of old books. Ardbeg tastes like peat and the ocean. Perfection. It's the standard against which I judge every other whisky.

24th March 2018


A very special Scotch single malt. No colouring nor chill filtering. Enjoyed the peatiness and fragrance that lingers on in the glass after I finish the drink. Unlike the Laphroaig, there is no antiseptic smell-just pleasantness

24th March 2018

needs to open up

needs to open up. give it time and a bit of water.

15th March 2018

+ + + +

+ + peanut oil. blood oranges. figs. dried nectarines. cola gummies. marzipan. peppermint. slight hint of blood sausage. drying. peppermint completely takes over with enough time and water. like menthol Kools.

( - February 21st guy (who does notice he misspelled the word 'smoky'))

8th March 2018

the most elegant and feminine of the Islays

more feminine and elegant than Laphroaig or Lagavulin... I like it but I find myself craving the more brawny bodacious nature of the other two. particularly Laphroaig's thick wall of smoke. I am definitely a smoke-fiend and the more the better !

6th March 2018

Consistently excellent

For peated dams, honestly, you can't get much better in my book. A special whisky for me. I love it.

5th March 2018

Never change

There is nothing I can add over and above what others have said about the nose and taste. This whisky is a gem of gems and has been consistently excellent for many years. I've had many Ardbeg expressions, but, this is still my favorite overall.

5th March 2018

𝘈𝘋𝘋𝘌𝘕𝘋𝘜𝘔 𝘵𝘰 𝘍𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘺 21𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸 -

𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘢 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘥𝘦𝘳, 𝘢𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶'𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘵𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘦. 𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘵-𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳. 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘰𝘯. 𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘦𝘳. 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘳𝘦-𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘥. 𝘯𝘰 𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘶𝘨𝘢𝘳 𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘵. 𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘢. 𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘳𝘶𝘮-𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦. 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘳𝘥𝘣𝘦𝘨 𝘛𝘦𝘯 𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘵, 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘤𝘰𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘯𝘪𝘱.

25th February 2018

ARDBEG 10yo - 46% - UCF - Natural Color

Super vegetal. Steamed spinach. Lightly impregnated, expensive hand-made leather shoes and jackets. New car smell/taste. Lemon pound cake. A hint of medium-dark chocolate way in the background (say, about 55% cocoa). Quite prominent vanilla. Icing sugar. I do get a whiff of cappuccino here, at least in an empty glass post-dramming, but it's very slight.
Faint saline smoke. Some malt-smoke.

Distinct aroma of East Caribbean rums, especially out of the bottle.

Perfume-like. Aromatic.

Minimal oak.

Mellow. Complex. Very refined. Very luxurious.

This is a vegetal, *peaty* malt, not a smokey one. Sapid but soft. Friendly.

Reviewed with 1 teaspoon of water.

21st February 2018

Sea spray,salty and coastal.

I will always have a bottle of this in my whisky cabinet.Like its neighbours (Lagavulin and Laphroaig) this is a peat bruiser but has multi faceted notes of brine,tobacco,lime,oysters,tar,smoke and an intense salty tang,which is just so addictive.I have had the good fortune to visit the distillery many times and drink this dram there.Unique and powerful in a good way.

14th February 2018

Smoke, peat and power, burning flames, warming mouth tingle.

To my taste, Ardbeg lives at the end of the peaty scotch spectrum. That’s the burning, burnt hellfire end, where nose and tongue wrinkle and curl. But I like it. It’s a startling taste of power and fiery finish. But my favotite is still Lagavulin. Smooth, subtle, sweet... refined.

11th February 2018

Great whiskey

The classic 10-year old, gemstone, buy it! :)

8th February 2018

Young peated malts are not for everyone...

Heavily peated malts are not for everyone. It's not a matter of experience or sophisticated taste, some people will never like it, others just instantly like it even without being a malt geek (popularity of Johnnie Walker and Teacher's comes to mind). It's absurd to insist that this is a "must have Scotch". Must-have if you are into peated malts, yes. But millions of cognac and bourbon drinkers do fine without peat, as do millions of unpeated Scotch drinkers. Now, that doesn't mean that these are bad - they are designed to be exactly what they are because that's what some people love. Sadly, these disappointed reviews from clueless newbs drown out the more important reviews from those who remember this expression being better. Now, that's concerning.

I bought my first bottle of Ardbeg 10 on Ralfy's recommendation (having tasted Lagavulin 16 and liked it). I was taken aback at first - it was shockingly phenolic, like ichtammol ointment. I figured I'll add a drop of it to a sweet malt until I learn to like it. Yet, strong peat has a strangely addictive, moreish attraction :) I still prefer Lagavulin 16 and other sweeter expressions like Ardbeg Uigeadail and Corryvreckan and the lighter Caol Ila 12. I also like the less-peated Highland Park 12. And I prefer Ardbeg 10 to Laphroaig 10 because of 46% abv, no chill filtration and no added caramel. Laphroaig has green bottles, why do they care how dark their whisky is?

Peat diminishes with maturation, so younger expressions will be more phenolic (I have a bottle of Lagavulin 8 stashed waiting for a special session).

If it's too much, try adding a few drops of Drambuie (preferably the 15-year old malt-based version) to it. Sweetness balances out the phenols, IMO. Or try adding a few drops of Ardbeg 10 to your preferred unpeated malts.

1st February 2018

Don't hate it for what it is

I have been looking through the negative reviews and I have to say, if folks do not like peated whisky in general, don't fault the whisky and give it a poor score. This is a fine whisky, nice peat flavor, good mouth feel and long finish.

24th January 2018

My favourite staple 10

I love the balance of peat and smoke, it's way better than Talisker 10 and I think more intriguing than Laphroaig 10. My introduction to Islay was Lagavulin about 20 years ago, and never looked back. I prefer this Ardbeg over the Lagavulun. I've just bought a corry and oogie taster pack, I suspect I'm going to be jettisoned to the moon!

2nd January 2018

Very good

Very good Islay. A bit harsher on the tongue than Laphroig. No where near the Lagavulin 16.

31st December 2017

Balances out my whisky cabinet nicely.

Had a dram in a bar and decided to buy a bottle. Even more enjoyable than I remembered.
Love the brine and dare I say, formaldehyde (was a biology student so know the profile) - plenty of tobacco to go along with the peat. I find this less intense than I thought it'd be. Have been drinking a 12 year double casked caramely Aberlour and a very elegant Glenmorangie of late. The Ardbeg is rounding out my cabinet nicely!

24th December 2017

Classical peated bomb from Islay

For me the Ardbeg 10 is a reference for comparing other peated whiskys.
Make sure to always have one at home !

9th December 2017

Not my favorite

First time trying a peaty whiskey, not my cup of whiskey, the smokiness is overwhelming.

26th November 2017

Peat Smoke Attack

Nose: Earthy, peat smoke and briny (like seaside campfire)
Palate: sweetness and iodine comes first with oiliness, then the peat smoke with oakiness slowly rises and intensified which makes you 'wow!'. Like dampen burnt wood.
Finish: still peat smoke, long and spectacular.
Overall a very bold, complete and full bodied whisky. It's all about peatiness but well complimented by brine, oak and sweetness.

21st November 2017

An outstanding Islay

After trying the more honeyed and gentle Speysides and Highland malts you may feel the tug of the peaty, smoky drams from Islay. This from Ardbeg is a no compromise version and one of the most balanced and fulfilling whiskys to be had at the price.

19th November 2017


Am I the only one who get's some pretty heavy black pepper in the finish especially?

19th November 2017

Assfault, but nice!

this is for the pat lovers only, (not me) while i have had peated whisky in the past, this one is very different. to sum it up, look that the heading of this review.

6th November 2017

Worth the buy. Best when it was $35

Lol, to the guy who's been drinking whisky for 3 years and "sweet" whisky at that... any scotch fan would be doing him or her self a disservice to NOT try one of Islay's finest. This is such a smoker, brine-y, well done 10 year. I prefer it over Laphraoig at times, but maybe not as refined as Lagavulin, but a GREAT 10 year that IS a must have/try.

Whoever told the sweet whisky (probably drinks fireball) guy that this is a must try is right; hope he expands that "palate" of his. Lmao

5th November 2017

Part of the islay dynasty.

Seriously, if you don't like the whiff of phenolics then why even try a peated malt, let alone a monster like this from Islay? To those reviewers pouring it down the sink, you really need to research it before spending any serious money, the variation in signature flavours across the regions are huge, and not to be underestimated. So, the negative reviews are mostly because the palate does not like the signature smoke and peat, and not because this is a poor whisky; it's not, it's a member of some if the greatest examples if the genre.

3rd November 2017

dont agree that this is a whisky that you need if you are a whisky lover

I am sorry, I am drinking whisky for about 3 years now. I am into the sherried and sweet whiskys. They told me that this is a must for any whisky lover but i disagree. It is so intens smoky for someone who never drinks peaty whisky. It sure be a great whisky but i cant get this down... disgusting haha!

27th October 2017

Polarising Peat Punch. An Acquired (But Rewarding) Taste.

I was hesistant to go for something I knew would be quite different to what I'd had before with this one (as I'd hitherto stuck mostly to the Speyside malts my more experienced friends recommended). I am quite new to whisky. I picked Ardbeg as it was clearly going to be very different.

I'll admit I bounced off of this one the first time I tried it. The initial pour made it clear I was in for something strong when all I could smell was smoke. I tasted smoke, rubber, and cheese? Not a great start. But I appreciate that some things require you to come to them before you really get all they can offer.

A couple of sessions later and this one has rocketed near the top of my (limited) set of faourite whiskys. Once you adjust to the massive smoke/peat punch there's quite a lot to taste. The nose still hits me as pure smoke with some sea smell (brine/salt?) but the taste reminds me of apples, pears, more salt and something sharp. The finish lasts for a good while, the smoke still leading the way, though I even think of chocolate and lemons sometimes.

Ardbeg, like most of the Islay malts I imagine, will probably clarify whether you enjoy peat/smoke taking the lead in your whisky. If you're new to this spirit or haven't tried this type yet just be aware of that. You'll smell smoke in your glass and taste it on your tongue. It's the embodiment of autumn air when everyone's got log fires going. Once you're used to the smoke I'd say there's more fruity flavour than Laphroaig 10 year old (which I had the opportunity to try recently).

If you buy the bottle and are disappointed perhaps try leaving it uncorked for a half hour and giving it some time in the glass with a few swishes. The core flavour won't change but you may find it opens up for you a little more.

As a novice this is definitely a whisky to test yourself with, and potentially open yourself up to the smoky side of things (which I know now I heartily enjoy). If you can get a sample it'd probably be a good idea!

27th October 2017

Very disappointed not complex iodine all the way finishing with cigar and ash

Was looking forward to reviewing my first peated whiskey and I have to say I'm noticing almost no complexity at all it's pure iodine all the way to the finish with a light smoke I'm beginning to wonder if recent batches aren't what they used to be but as a new comer I wouldn't know

21st October 2017

Liquid Tar

Tried Talisker 10 absolutely loved it death.
Bought a bottle of this thinking it would be similar. huge mistake.

Basically what I would describe as the equivalent of liquid tar.
I can't take Jim Murray seriously anymore, not after rating this whisky of the year.

That bloke is a complete numbskull...

18th October 2017

Best of them all

Best Islay whiskey of them all. I bought a bottle of Laphroig and a bottle of Ardbeg. Now I drink only Ardbeg

4th October 2017

Hmm. . .

This tastes like a bandaid. I'm pretty sure I can no longer have children. :-/

17th September 2017


Eccezionale sapore forte e delicato allo stesso lascia. Un'aroma salmastra e fumoso come solo un whisky delle Islay può dare. Sentore di vaniglia e limone. Un big dram.

27th August 2017

REEEEALLY good scotch.....

Sweet vanilla gives way to a lovely smoke and fruit flavor fused with sometimes strong cinnamon punch. Peat smoke flavor lingers FOR EVER in aftertaste----just wow.....

Extraordinarily complex and unmistakably a sweet fruity smoke Islay gem scotch to behold..........

Indeed my favorite Islay single malt 10 year expression........

10th August 2017


Good quality for a price, not first touched but when come back again and again found great experience. Good to keep one bottle at all time.

4th August 2017

Headache juice

Love the taste ... Literally like drinking a campfire. Perfect for a flask in a cold autumn day/night. This just feels so 'British Countryside'. However, we refer to this as headache juice as my brother and I both get splitting headaches after doing so much as a couple shots. Have tried to build up a tolerance to the poison but same result each time. Shame because it really is unique peaty/smokey stuff and just tastes like you imagine Scotch whisky should as a kid before you try drinking it. If you have the tolerance, by all means ... drink this in the fall in your Chameau boots and Barbour waxed coat.

1st August 2017


Nose: Peat, peat, more peat, a tinge of ocean air, rubbing alcohol, and more peat

Palate: Fruits, cinnamon, and burning peat

Finish: Hellfire peat smoke, tar, then more peat smoke

29th June 2017

Bare flavour!

Boom! Bare flavour! Love this! Wish it was cheaper cause it's all gone!!

8th June 2017


It's good. I found notes of licorice to be a bit excessive for my taste but the smoke is carries it nicely through the finish. It's a lovely dram but I struggled to get past the licorice.

5th June 2017


First time I opened the bottle... Eeew what is this? First aid kit??
Tried a sip, hmmm not bad... But it's not my kind of whisky... (never had an Islay before)
A month later I found myself at the duty free (heaven on earth for me), searchin and lookin for something interesting... BUMP!!! Ardbeg 10 and then I realized I only had a half bottle at home, so I bought it again :(
(why I bought it again, dumbass)

Long story short, this is a fantastic dram, I became an Islay drinker because of this green bottle

26th May 2017

Waste of money

Ardbeg is dead. This Whisky used to be my favorite Malt. Even the normal 10 yo old used to be complex with smoke, medicine and sweet notes.

After a "whisky break" of 4 years i bought myself a bottle of this stuff. It is onedimensional and flat. Just smoke, bitter notes and alcohol strength. Im really very very dissapointed. Every other Islay i tasted recently is much better.

25th May 2017

A fine scotch and perfect for after dinner.

First rate, light in color witch I find unusual with an Isley.

25th May 2017

Love or loathe.

A huge mouthful of moorland heather peat smoke.
Wonderful if, like me, you love Islay malts. This is an epic dram but it is not delicate, and if you're not a fan of peat/iodine/smoke this won't be enjoyable. I have to confess I'd take a Lagavulin in preference.

1st May 2017


Bitter taste.

24th April 2017

Very intense but great taste

I got a bottle from my wife and I love. The intense taste made me drink it with ice. The smell rests for a long time.

19th April 2017

Too much for me

Massive, peaty, smokey flavour. It reminds me of a log fire just starting to take hold. I couldn't really get much taste of anything else. I would imagine it'll be some people's idea of heaven though. Just not mine

15th April 2017


Recently bought this to try to like peaty whiskies as I'm a Speyside man , I must say I have changed my mind about peaty whisky , I actually enjoyed this and being non chill filtered and obviously natural colour I actually had a nice experience ,I will be buying this again.

14th April 2017

Peated Brilliance in a glass

Probably my favourite entry level Islay. Vibrant & Citrusy with a smoky slap around your chops for good measure. Somehow reminds me of my old Mark 4 Ford Cortina. I don't now why? Maybe fellow Cortina drivers so give this one a run out and see if the vinyl roof & corduroy seat memoirs come flooding back.

Nutshell, if your love peated/vibrant malts buy this. Don't waste your time with Lagavulin 16. A mere dusty Vauxhall Belmont by comparison. Though the Lagavulin 12 cask strength's a beauty but we're talking Jag XJS money.

6th April 2017


Right behind Lag 16 as my top 2 go to Islay's. A pleasure to drink

4th April 2017

A pleasure to the palate.

Having recently cut my teeth on Glenmorangie, I can safely say this is a superior option. The balance is impressive, despite the myriad of flavors present. Ardbeg has found a way to infuse their whiskey with hundreds of years of Scottish culture, and not frighten a novice away. Good job, Ardbeg.

30th March 2017

I think Ralfy got it wrong.

This is by far not the worst whisky I've ever had, but give me Lapgroaig 10 over this anytime. Not sure I'd but this again. Just my opinion.

3rd March 2017

An Islay beast not to be missed

I'm a big fan of Islay single malts and have tried most of them, but this one has been my go-to dram for a couple of years now. Beautiful nose, very drinkable and a looong finish. I understand that this isn't for everyone, but you can't deny the pure quality of this single malt. Very affordable as well (+/ 35 euro here in Holland). Go get yourself a bottle if you haven't done so already.


27th February 2017

A victim of its own success

A victim of its own success.
I've been drinking Ardbeg on and off for the past 9 years, but over the past two years or so, it's just not hitting the spot like it used to. The nose isn't as strong as it once was.
If you were to try it for the first time you would think it brilliant, but demand for this malt is so high that L. V. M. H can afford to let standards slip. Still passable but there are other finer and cheaper islay options out there.

10th February 2017

Distinguished and versatile.

Smooth without being anaemic, delicate yet utterly substantial. Wonderful on its own but would enjoy a cigar with a dram or two.

6th February 2017

lacking the big peat boot I remembered

Not as nice as the last bottle I had.

1st February 2017

Nearly perfect

So close to being 5 stars.......lovely smokey dram. Only reason it's not 5.....quite simply.....uigeadail.

17th January 2017

Continues to be excellent

Extremely well-balanced whisky, this 10 year old continues to be excellent. It's remarkable how well Ardbeg has managed to keep the quality consistent the last few years. The depth and complexity of such a relatively young whisky is extraordinary.
Nose: peat, a lot of peat but afterwards, ripe fruit (apple/pear), vanilla and prunes/raisins come to the forefront. There's a little cumin and sea saltiness there as well.
Palate: smoke, like a tarry sweet smoke laced with again ripe apples. The sweetness wavers while a hint of lemon comes to the front, together with hints of the sea (seashells/seaweed). Oily on the palate and not the burning sensation many other 10 y/o drams have.
Finish: gloriously long, sweet sticky, pruny smokiness. It just keeps going. A zip lasts for hours.
Overall: the best value for money you can get. If I were forced to buy just one whisky for the rest of my life, this would be it.

16th January 2017


Exquisite! Not much words needed! Caol Ila & Ardbeg!

6th January 2017


Dangerous stuff,addictive......
After opening you ask yourself what is this?
So many layers .....complex....nice..peat....smoke....sweet....
So You want more!
Not for faint hearted....
When You empty glass leave on table.....all room get Ardbeg aroma.....

2nd January 2017

From Highlands to the See

I have been drinking Scotches, Whiskeys and Bourbons (living close to Kentucky) for a number of years and then I came across this beauty. I am a cigar lover, so I know that my palate leans towards smoke, and this is an outstanding pour for me! In fact, I find the back end of this whiskey to be very sweet once the smoke and spice settles. I realize some people can't stand the peat and sea but that means more for me. Simply a great pour, not just for the price but for the experience.

2nd January 2017

Best of Islay

This is the best Islay malt I have ever had. In my opinion it's perfect from the nose to the finish. There are a lot of competing notes from smoky to sweet to medicinal that are in perfect balance. Not only is this my favorite Islay malt, it is also one of the best entry level malts I have ever had. In addition to tasting so good Ardbeg 10 might also be the best value in scotch whisky. I usually find this for under $50 a bottle in the NYC/Long Island area. I love malts with strong and unique flavors whether from peat or sherry. I couldn't recommend this more. Great price, great whisky

2nd January 2017

Nice smoke but with dead, rotten fleshy, decomposing undertones.

I have had many a Scotch and very much enjoy smokey malts. However, I finally got around to buying a bottle of Ardbeg 10 and looked forward to tasting it. I poured a small taster in a glass, and could smell the nice peat smoke coming out of the bottle. I also smelled a bit of medicinal scent (which is fine). All was good until I nosed it. There was a rush of Smoke (nice) but followed by a very sick smell that made me feel uneasy. It was an unhealthy, unclean scent. It smelled like a good malt that had been poured over a rotten wound. There was dead fish, decomposing flesh, and infected wound smells. The taste was just as bad, almost vomit inducing. The phenol was very strong and tasted exactly like Chloroseptic mouth wash. I could not finish it. What a waste of $50. It tasted like a rotting bum sitting in a fireplace drinking a bottle of mouthwash. If dead flesh is an acquired taste, I am not moving towards acquiring that taste. I would rather drink Sheep Dip than this any day, at least that is clean, smokey and smells nice. Most reviews of this being so good are simply marketing at work. Lets not forget this "little" company (Ardbeg) is owned by a giant clothing/adverising company.

20th December 2016

MCCorkindale clan tasting

Makes this Scottish decedent proud to taste such a unique orated whisky. Iodine and pepper and vanilla and smoke and peat. How does that combine to be so wonderful on the palate? The magic of the moors I guess.

16th December 2016

Love it!

Tons of peat!!!. This Ardbeg is my "heavily peated" cheap option. I have Taliskers and several Laphroaigs (PX, QA, etc) but this is my everyday, heavy duty choice.

11th December 2016

Really special

An unexpected windfall had me looking for a top drawer scotch with which to celebrate.

While Talisker 10, an old and redoubtable favourite, was tempting me once again, I had long been reading about the Ardbeg 'oogy as an Islay touchstone. The Ardbeg 10 was on offer. I did the sensible thing and bought them both.

Here's me: I love peat and smokiness *when done properly*. Laphroaig tastes like unrefined TCP for me, i had one bottle of Lagavulin 10 that was almost sherry-like, delicate, rich, exquistely balanced, but another that tasted like cheap Smokehouse. Not impressed. This was my first go at Ardbeg.

Well well well. The very same qualities, albeit in a different context, that kept Talisker 10 an enduring, occasional but affordable mainstay were tempting me away.

Talisker is sea, Ardbeg is earth. Primal, elemental, the Ardbeg 10 is an exquisite dram. Balance, depth and complexity, the extra alcohol giving it an almost eau de vie quality.

Ardbeg 10 is what a great malt is about for me. Exceptional flavour and finish, a transcendent and life affirming spirit. I shall be sizing up their other expressions with great interest indeed. 5 stars.

8th December 2016

John Burns

I love it

7th December 2016

For all things earthy

First up : Bang for the buck. For $40, you get all the Islay flavors in this wonderful bottle - the sea salt, the earthiness and of course the much talked about peat and smoky flavor.

The interesting thing is that this bottle has a cork instead of the regular caps, which helps keep the smoke intact for a longer time. When you remove the cork for the very first time, you get that overwhelming peat smoke that we've all come to love. The tongue of course is spicy and a subtle mix of sweet and citrus. The finish is the best part for me, the spice that liners on while the smoke warms your throat.
This is a beauty.

4th December 2016


Great all around.

1st December 2016

Amazing but not for the beginner

Such an amazing islay whisky. The smoke is massive, and the finish really really is long.
Having been drinking whisky for about 5 years and starting with Speysides I got a love of smokey whisky as I got more into trying the different regions.
This is not a whisky for a beginner as when I first opened the bottle last Christmas I found it to complex with to much smoke. But as the year has gone on I've grown to love it. Talisker used to be my go to for a smokey Peated dram. But Ardbeg 10 knocks spots off it.
If you want BIG smoke then look no further!!!!

13th November 2016


I have drunk more of this whisky than any other by far, and expect to continue to do so. I love all things Ardbeg, but this is the best priced, and the best pound for pound too...

7th November 2016

Vanilla custard, Iodine, Sea Spray, Decadence

Drinking neat: Peat, brine, vanilla custard, sweet floral, root beer/cream soda, tobacco, iodine, sharpie, sugar sweet, spicy, oily, decadent

18th October 2016


Fantastic ignore every non believer

16th October 2016

Prefer it with water

Sampled Ardbeg at my local whiskey bar w a friend, except I didn't catch the name of it. Fell in love with the intense leather, smoke, tobacco and iodine taste! Based on how light it was in color, I assumed we had tried the 10. I purchased a bottle and now find I can't enjoy it neat. It is too bitter and over powering (fuely if you will) straight up. However, I really have come to enjoy it over i easier allows me to better savour the smoke and intricate flavors Ardbeg has developed here. Give it a few minutes for it to properly mate with the water though.

15th October 2016

Amazing for the price

I think this represents for me the best value for money. An excellent whisky that will never lose it's appeal.

7th October 2016


I am fond of new flavours and open to experimenting. This is my first try at single malt smoky...oops! Quite strong flavour and taste!!repulsive...surely will not repeat.

29th September 2016

Great Blend

I think it's an acquired taste. I loved the smoke, but my first sip repelled me, initially. I started blending 50/50 with Chivas and loved the result...this blend has become my go to scotch. I like it over ice....the flavor unfolds nicely, as I hold each sip in my mouth before swallowing. I do think there is some validity to the people who mentioned the headache. I'm a glutton for punishment, but I have found that I often awake with a headache and I'm not one who usually gets headaches from drinking.

17th September 2016


Horrible, smell like tcp. I will not buy it again. Like burned tyre.

16th September 2016

One to sip and enjoy

Gentle mini sips letting the warmth and flavours encircle your mouth then a heavenly slow trickle down your throat.
The nectar of the Gods.

10th September 2016

Filtered Through Farted Underwear

Nasty, smokey, smokey , burnt taste. You can have this scotch and any other Islay . I have no idea on what the fuss is all about with this brand. If scotch is an acquired taste, I'll never acquire a taste for this type of scotch.

28th August 2016

Agree with the guy who said this gives him a headache

There's something a bit wrong with this distillation. I don't know if they're rushing it and creating a poor quality alcohol but just a few glasses of this and I feel it in the middle of the night and the next day. Some bad alcohols getting drawn off when they should be chucked.

18th August 2016

A bit on the dry side.....

I want to love this but for me it's marred by being a touch too dry on the finish, and this accumulates so the more you drink the more you feel like you've sucked on a quinine tablet..... Doesn't go well with food for this reason. For me the balance isn't that good. It's too thin and a little bitter. C'mon Ardbeg, you can do it better.

18th August 2016 - for my full reviews & whisky blog


The Nose; Intense sea-salt & thick dusty peat. followed by green apples. This scotch has a remarbkly strong herbaceous nature, particularly Oregano. It’s grassy, with mild citrus undertones.

The Taste; Immediate medium spice. Sweet & sour textures. Lime, thick salty sea-air again. theres a vanilla touch followed by the return of a vintage smoke - as if the scotch were wood fired in a stone kiln prior to bottling.

The Finish; this seems to round off the Scotch, tie it in a knot, pop the cork in, while the lasting remnants fills your nose and mouth. It’s a big smoke but only a medium length in my opinion, this is due to the lower percentage then other Ardbeg bottling’s.

26th July 2016

Smoked pepper with a splash of vanilla wrapped in a veil of hardwood smoke

My first real foray into the world of single malts, I must admit, I was intimidated by my first straight sip. Added a splash of water, and it seemed to transform from a into a wonderfully warm and inviting campfire, a marshmallow on a stick, peppered jerky and great friends. I will definitely return to this wonderful masterfully crafted whiskey. I am a scotch noob, but I expected the color to be darker. The flavor belies its light amber hue.

5th July 2016

but very nice too really

......but very nice too really & suits a little smoke!

4th July 2016

band -aid taste

band -aid taste

4th July 2016

Excellent stuff

Very nice. tasting notes are spot on -. Vanilla, sweet lime, smoke and peat. A little meaty note with water.

One question - does the flavor change and become a bit one dimensional as one progresses down the bottle? I'm getting more dusty/smoky and less of the lime/sweetness.

Also, very interesting - I ot a puff of smoke when I first opened the bottle. Is this normal?

Anyway, brilliant, exceptional whisky overall. Not as good as the Ugi though :)

Here's a tip: Have an Aberlour 10 or something like that. Don't wash the glass, but pour yourself an Ardberg 10 with a splash of water. Aaaah.....

2nd July 2016

Easily Best Islay

This is, by far, the best readily available single-malt if you enjoy a peated malt. The taste starts with a nice sweetness and quickly moves to tastes of smoke, peat, beach-side, savory meat, licorice and mint. The finish is very long and smoked with a touch of sweet and bitterness. The finish is fairly similar to Laphroaig 10. The taste is much more interesting and more comparable to Lagavulin 16 and it's bottled nonchill-filtered and uncolored at 46% giving it a nice boost over the other two malts.

27th June 2016

Love at first sight, uhm smell, wait. Taste!

Not a seasoned whiskey drinker yet. My current drink of choice is Glenfidich 12. Just opened the bottle Ardbeg 10 for a little taste. Very distinguished. Love the cloudiness with a couple drops of water. Peatyness is amazing! Can't wait to open my anticipated Lagavulin 16 next.

17th June 2016

Bested Laphroig 10!

Almost impossibly and superbly balanced in my opinion, taking into account that the peat is indeed strong with this one -- but not overpowering and gives way to many subtle flavors. It will take a bottle or two for me to truly appreciate this balanced complexity. This is a great compromise between Lagavulin 16 and Laohroig 10 in my opinion. Just buy it if you like Islay won't be disappointed. Amazing for the money.

13th June 2016

Really BAD, what happened!

Maybe I got a bad batch but the Ardbeg Idlay Single Malt Scotch Whiskey (ten years old) Tastes like wet car keys. It is undrinkable. I'm really disappointed because the price was substancially above a few other good scotch whiskeys that I enjoy but decided to try this SW in it's impressive packaged box. I will have to pour it out as it is foul in taste and smell. I gave it a 1 star rating but I believe it to be below the lowest mark.

11th June 2016


I've not tried many whiskies, I'm very new to them and as yet I can't pick out the different flavours that explode on my tongue. Started with Glenfiddich, then my next stop was Talisker 10 year old (which I loved), then tried Glenmorangie 10 year old (as it was the only single malt available in my local pub), which I enjoyed, but felt was lacking something in the flavour department. The Ardbeg 10 year old was on offer in my local supermarket, so, having so enjoyed the Talisker, I bought myself a bottle. Possibly the best £37 I have ever spent. I'm torn between this and the Talisker as to which is my favourite, the only way I can think to settle it is to taste them both in the same night. My palate is still learning, but between Ardbeg and Talisker I will definitely be a very happy man!

10th June 2016

Special Whisky. So Drinkable!

Nose: Intense Peat, Green-Apples, Smoke, Herbs.

Taste/Finish: Spice, Sweet & Sour, Lime, Sea-Air, Mint, Good medium Finish!

I'd recommend this to anyone who likes seated whisky. Good price, nice design and heritage.

8th June 2016

Great flavor with consequences

A great smoky Islay scotch. Rich, and robust peat. Not sure what's in it though, as Ardbeg gives me a splitting headache. I thought that I obtained a bad batch, and liked the flavor so much I bought another bottle down the road, and the same thing happened. Same thing when I bought Ardbeg Uigeadail. I'd recommend Laphroiag 10 or Lagavulin, or Caoila 12 over this based on my experience with it.

7th June 2016

Slow Train finally arrived

I took the slow train to Islayville, but the trip was not without its merit. I like all others before me started off with other single malts the Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Macallan, etc. my first big peat stop was the Highland Park 12. and it is still an excellent scotch. but I needed more robust flavors, spice, pepper, smoke etc. so recently visited the Old Hickory whiskey bar in Pensacola, enjoying different drams, and still wanted to venture to Islay, so the Bar Manager climbed the ladder to bring down the Ardbeg. Ah finally the train came to a screeching halt and I alit to the most excellent scotch I had ever tasted. For those of you who are not quite on the peat train yet, no worries, just keep riding eventually your train will come to a stop, or if not just keep riding.

1st June 2016

More enjoyable each time

The ardbeg 10 year old is worth a try, if you're into Islay malts. My first dram, I thought it was overpoweringly peaty on the nose. Once I managed to fight my way through the peat, subtle notes of vanilla and a very light citrus appeared. More of the same on the pallet really, but with an added touch of dried fruits, not particularly sweet fruits at that, which complimented the vanilla notes very well. I came back to the bottle two or three weeks after the first dram, and I noticed the overpowering peat had mellowed a bit, allowing the vanilla to really flourish in the background. Much better the second time around, however, not bad at all the first time. Happy sipping, friends!

31st May 2016


Legs run very slowly and are fairly thick. A medium aged whisky rich in oil. Plenty of character and complex

Nose is Bonfire Peat, vanilla, Limey zest. Some liquorice.
Palate is initially sweet, then bonfire peat, chilli.
Finish is long and smokey then dry.
This is the best smokey peated malt. The strong presence of guaiacol phenolic compounds giving smoke overpowers the o-cresol phenols, so if medicinal is only slightly so.
Reminiscent of domestic peat fires in aroma.

28th May 2016

My message for all these idiots who say they "tipped it down the sink"

I can't believe how many reviews of Islay single malts I read online where people say "I couldn't stand the taste so i tipped it down the sink". You tipped it down the sink? seriously? and all because what? you didn't like it? Guess what... you paid money for that bottle of whisky, YOU PAID TAX ON THAT BOTTLE OF WHISKY!!! and you go and tip it down the sink just because you didn't like it.... let me ask you people... did you even give it a chance to open up properly? probably not.... did you ever think that maybe you're palate just needed a bit more time to adjust to the Islay style? probably not... You people really need to start refining your palates and properly enjoying whisky rather than just looking to get smashed all the time... if you're palate is too underdeveloped to enjoy the Islay style than go back to your Johnnie Walker Red Label because that's about as advanced as your palates are ever going to get.

23rd May 2016

Arthur Brown

Bought this whisky on my way back from Thailand.
What a surprise when I poured my first glass, how light the whisky was, but what a surprise with my first glass the amazing taste of spice , chocolate, coffee and peat were unreal.
A superb whisky and one I will certainly buy again.

30th April 2016

Growing up

A few years ago I reviewed this whisky and gave it a low score. Forgive me. I was new to whisky and Islays in particular. The whisky has not changed but my palate surely has. Ardbeg provides a nice peaty kick in the face. Just what I need some times.

29th April 2016


Ardbeg is the best...

11th April 2016


I am a fan of peat and smoke. I have tried Highland Park 12 (light smoke) and Ardbeg Uigeadail (Heavy peat and smoke, but sweet). Most go the other way around and start here, but not me. Immediately the smell of adhesive bandages with a hint of lime and dark chocolate and, of course, smoke. This eventually gives way to sweetness and vanilla. This is much more complex than Uigeadail and yet straightforward. The taste is what you expect from the scent. Lime and dark chocolate and smoke, and salty goodness. I wish I was on a nice beach with sea spray. Finish is very long and the smell and taste of smoke with hints of espresso beans. A solid 8 out of 10.

22nd March 2016

Best 10 yet

Recently got into single malts... Laphroig is my goto but this might take the cake. Lots of good stuff going on for such an affordable dram. Pace yourself!

18th March 2016

The finest

I was recommended Bowmore 12 year to start my introduction to single malt, I fell in love with the slight peat offered in that dram. Again referred to this 10 year, and the complexity of the flavors, the rich peat, I fell in love again! I've found a favorite and will be enjoying it being added to my collection consistently.

15th March 2016

Didn't know I liked peat so much.

This was my first venture into Islay/peaty whisky. When I first pulled the cork it was a little concerning. The initial smell was very medicinal and I worried I wouldn't like it at all. However once your nose gets acclimated to it a vanilla sweetness and a little citrus appears behind the huge peat smoke. My first taste was similar to my first sniff; very intense and I wasn't able to really taste anything other than salt and smoke. The second sip was much more pleasant. Citrus sweetness with a little salted caramel, smoke, and what I perceived as a "meat" like flavor. The finish is initially intense and slowly fades with flavors of bacon, salt, and sweetness. A very interesting dram. My second dram contained none of the initially off-putting aromas or flavors of the first, perhaps because I knew what to expect. Until Ardbeg, I had only really liked the sweeter side of scotch and bourbon. This is definitely a "savory" whisky, and has quickly become one of my favorites.

14th March 2016

Peat Monster

What the Glendronach 15 is to sherry, this is to peat. A huge, initially medicinal nose gives way to butter-scotch and vanilla as you examine it more closely. The palate starts with a brutal punch of peaty smoke, but work your way through it and there is a wonderful malty, caramel sweetness underlying the big peat. As the flavors mesh into the finish, you get bitter dark chocolate. It's a big, powerful whisky that requires some commitment; the first dram is positively unsettling, but work it a bit more and you'll find something really special and interesting in Ardbeg.

27th February 2016

Best 10 year period

Bought this for a second time recently and was honestly just as good as the first bottle I ever bought points to Ardbeg for consistency. Epic amounts of rich , earthy peat followed by a hint of saltwater and sweet peaty oak. My favorite 10 year old Laphroaig is close but this wins because its just more consistent and peatier. The sugarbear

17th February 2016

March 2015 is a winner

The March 2015 bottling is vastly superior to bottlings over the past six years. 2013 hit an all time low. It was acrid kerosene-like hogwash. The 2014 wasn't much better. But the 2015 is right on the money -- a return to the rich deep peaty goodness of 2010-11 bottlings. A bit young tasting with a slight mescal undertone which I did not like but this faded with time as the bottle level went down. If Ardbeg had mixed in 11-12 year along with the 10 it would have shine like a beacon to the good ole days of Ardbegian dynamism before the frogs rained down like a plague on Scotland and bought up all the distilleries. Globalism is not good at all for the quality of whisky coming out of Scotland these days but I can overlook the froggy corps if Oresent trends continue like the March 2015 bottling

15th February 2016


Ardbeg is the best brand of Scotch, for me, and this may be even better pound for pound than the Oogie or Corry. Sublime!

14th February 2016

Takes a little bit to get used to.

My wife gifted me a bottle of this for our anniversary. At first, I thought I was drinking flavoured paint remover. But, I kept drinking it here and there, and have since warmed up to it. Very nice indeed.

14th February 2016


Great smell, great taste

12th February 2016

Feels incomplete

This is a solid 4* whisky and has a great taste of the whisky from the distillation but, somehow, it lacks the flavours that would give it the complete taste. Had there been more taste given from the aging then I would have found an Islay whisky matching and maybe besting Laphroaig 10.

5th February 2016

Define Value

Ardbeg in a glass.
This ones got it!

31st January 2016

Tastes like I licked the ocean

Tastes like getting kicked in the balls feels, but somehow I think I like it.

31st January 2016

Tastes great

Very smooth with nice smokey after taste.

29th January 2016

Great Islay malt

At first I was taken a bit aback by the peat and phenols but I agree with others keep trying it and you will like it. Something different every time. This would be great sipped out in the hills with friends.

28th January 2016

my absolute go to scotch on a cold dark night.

i love the peat.there are nice soft fruit notes in the middle along with a smoked fish flavor into a mesquite ending up with salty caramel then smokey peat .it just goes on forever.wonderful

28th January 2016

Liquid Vicks Vapor Rub

After reading reviews we have purchased a bottle to try. The initial aroma is intense and smoky but not in a good way, almost as if I am smelling styrofoam dissolved in varnish remover. The palate can only be descibed as I would imagine burned Vicks Vapor rub tastes. Is there anything lower than 1 star?

24th January 2016

New to peat? Not your sipper, friend...

...start with a Talisker 10 - current batches are quite good - as an intro to a bit of peat smoke, then work your way into this little Islay. I'm in love with Caol Ila but the pricing on the 12 is ridiculous in the states. This is as good, takes water better if you're inclined, and is a quintessential intro to Islay's bigger malts. In fact, with Lagavulin 16 and 12 pushing $100 and $130 respectively, Ardbeg 10 is THE buy in Islay malts. Everything Islay promises is here: seaweed, oysters, kippers. citrus, gorgeous phenols - it's all here. If you can't imagine yourself on the coast somewhere with a slight gale blowing mist in your face while relaxing around a fire with something delicious cooking in the pot, ye've no imagination, man!

A solid four, and another 1/2 for the sheer value of this gem.

14th January 2016

Mr Damir Music

10yo is best Islay whisky for value.

It's very complex, yet it doesn't flaunt the peat, it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance.

8th January 2016

Don't fear peat!

Used to be scared of it but was cured by Lagavulin and Caol Ila.

I still prefer a delicate Speyside but I'm glad to have an Ardbeg 10 in my collection. Peat takes water (for me) and the Ardbeg 10 is mentally peaty but the more I taste it, the more I enjoy it.

7th January 2016

I'll be buying this again...and again...

So this was my first venture into Islay. I've been a Talisker guy for a couple years, but never had the guts to buy something else. I'm so glad I did. Huge, peaty, smoky, balanced, and so smooth. Warms the whole body. The finish is incredibly pleasant.

This is definitely one of those always-in-the-cabinet Whiskies.

7th January 2016

Ardbeg 10

Well worth it's price, smokebomb!

6th January 2016

Beautiful Islay Malt!

I'm pretty new to Islay malts, but am rapidly growing my collection. An interesting initial sweetness, followed by salt/smoke, even a bit of beefy flavor.

I really am loving the Islay malts. If you like them, this one is a winner. As long as it's around, there'll be a bottle in my whisky cabinet.

5th January 2016

What an introduction!

My first Island malt, tried recently. Wow! And I genuinely mean wow! First impressions on smell and taste were hesitant to say the least, but it was my second sip that really got me. I had never grinned so much after sipping alcohol before. Salty, smoky-peaty (TCP) with just enough citrus to keep it fresh and alive.

I play golf and the next day, which was wet and windy, I could still taste this lovely warming malt. It seemed to want to still offer its services ;) Also worth mentioning that if I have eaten rather salty foods, drinking this can seem a little too salty!

I think I could develop an unhealthy addiction to this type of whisky as it is like nothing else you will taste (in my ltd exp) Not for everyone perhaps but this whisky transports you, it really does. Wonderful stuff.

31st December 2015

Top notch

If you don't like peat tone's you shouldn't buy it. But if you do... it is everything they say. A great buy

30th December 2015

Husband's apparently an eejit...

Bleach! Smells like the tar soap my gran used to use to wash us in. Tastes like nail varnish remover with a finish of Dettol.

29th December 2015

TOO Smokey

Too smokey and a little too peaty for me.

26th December 2015

The best peat Scotch for the price. Period.

Nuff said.

25th December 2015

Smoky and complex

I Had seen another review saying it was citrusy and smoky . I Wholeheartedly agree!!! It is very present in the nose with a fruity smoke aroma kind of like operating a cider press next to a bonfire. Rather smooth at first then ending smoky. a big change from my usual of Bookers bourbon which is much sweeter and less smoky but a pleasant change non the less

25th December 2015

I tried, but no way

Read about the awards. This was also recommended to me by a friend. But can't get past the medicinal smell and taste. Money spent but not drinking this. 2 stars because of the apparent appreciation for this in the single malt community.

25th December 2015



23rd December 2015

Powerful smoke

One of the smokiest whiskeys I've tried, and I love it for that!
In my opinion smokier than Lagavulin, Laphroaig and possibly even Caol Ila.

If you don't like peaty whiskey this is most definitively not for you.

23rd December 2015



21st December 2015

The best, strongest single malt whisky I have ever tried!!

Quite siply (sic!) the best malt whisky that has ever kissed my lips! A true treat in a tumbler....

17th December 2015

The best whisky I have tasted so far

I am new to whiskys but I liked the reviews of this one so I went out and bought a bottle. Incredible stuff. I don't know what a peaty taste is but if this is a good example of it then I am hooked. There is an overwhelming smell and taste of TCP for the first couple of glasses till your mouth goes numb. I can see why some people would not enjoy that but I loved it.

15th December 2015

The best one you can buy

It's peaty taste is just amazing.

14th December 2015

The best one you can buy

The perfect way to finish a meal. Its peaty taste is just amazing!

14th December 2015

Reminds me of inhaling camp fire smoke.

It's worth a taste, but just too camp fire tasting for my tastes. The peat flavor is overtaken by the smoke ( if there even is any real peat flavor ). A splash of water seemed to help a bit, but I never experienced the journey of flavor changes like I do with other scotch...

9th December 2015

The benchmark for Islay whisky, maybe all whisky

This stuff is incredible. I enjoy all of the peaty Islays, but I keep coming back to the Ardbeg 10 year old. Sweet but not sherry viscous sweet. Its sweetness is delicate and even slightly floral, and is mostly a vanilla creaminess. Keep in mind the sweetness I'm referring to isn't ice cream or even bourbon sweetness. Sweetness in whisky is very relative, and this is, in my opinion a sweeter Islay, just more refined. The whisky is so light gold in color, its nearly clear. Of course there is that medicinal taste from the phenols, and a smokiness that leaves all other Islays in the dust. But this smokiness is balanced and almost savory. Again, this is relative here. I see bad reviews saying 'tastes like soap' or 'tastes like bandaids.' Yes, it has a medicinal taste as all Islays do. You wouldn't write a negative review for a cheeseburger if you didn't like beef. I'll drink nearly any Scotch Whisky, but by far I prefer Islays. A distant second would be lowland malts as they are not sweet and are lighter and floral. If your looking to test your palate and expand your horizons, I urge you to try Ardbeg. Once you do, you will likely be an Islay drinker for the rest of your days. I tell my friends, if you don't like it, try it again you will.

9th December 2015

Smoke smoke smoke

A full flavoured drop with good complexity if you can find it, I added 6 drops of water and let it sit for 5 minutes before I could say it was anything but smoky. Having said that if smoke is what you know you like then this is a decent drink for the price. I will stick to my Talisker 10, and when I can finally get my hands on some try the 18 and 57 north.

5th December 2015

Can't get it down.

As many times as I've given it a "second" chance, I just can't get past the overwhelming taste of absorbine Jr or some other medical ointment. I couldn't help but believe I bought a bad bottle, but other posts have assured me that I have not. This is not for the Glenlivet/Oban/Glenfiddich drinker.

5th December 2015

All smoke, no complexity.

Surprisingly rounded and full - thankfully without the TCP of some Islays. The smoke is of course there from start to finish, accetuated by water. What I dont like, is the tongue numbing effect of the peat so after a bit all I can get is smoke, with any complexity lost up the chimney.

MUCH better added to my home-made blend (1 pt Ardbeg / 5pt Cambus 24 / 5pt Tobermory 20) where it adds a lovely smokey lift. And also very good added to a mushroom cream sauce with steak. This bottle is going to last a long time - which is just as well because its overpriced.

4th December 2015

One of the worst

One of the worst whiskeys i've ever had. It tastes and smells like hospital soap.

29th November 2015

Over rated

Tastes like it's filtered through well worn tennis shoes over all awful,give me glenfarclas 12 yr old any day.

25th November 2015

Only one thing would improve this Ardberg

I find this to be a completely fine all-the-time Islay, whether for celebration or contemplation. I wasn't sure anything could make it better at what it is--and it is well described by many here, until I poured a touch into a glass with the sad last bit of my Uigedail. As it is said these days, "OMG!"

Those 1-2 mL in 15 may have been better than either alone. Heretical, I know. My apologies...but try it and see what unfolds, what is amplified, and especially how long and open is the sea blown finish.

19th November 2015

No sherry bomb this

This is good whisky. I like Laphroig better. This is like Laphroig with manners. Sweet, smokey and peated. Well balanced. Not my favorite but I can certainly drink it. A few drops of water does improve it.

15th November 2015

Prickly taste

Sharp, not well balanced.

Some prickly attacks, even though it has a lovely bonfire smoke. Compared to Laphroaig 10 Year Old, this one is far below.

15th November 2015

Unbelievably smooth

Creamy, smoky smooth
It's like tasting apple wood smoked cream with dollops of vanilla and sweet cherries
In short

7th November 2015

not what I expected

Not a pleasant smell nor first taste (subsequent sips were better). A guest described the smell as 'dry erase marker', to which I have to concede isn't a bad comparison. I'll finish the bottle, but won't purchase again.

23rd October 2015

Creamy and perfect for the right time

lots of vanilla and creamy smoke. Like the Guinness of the malt whiskey world. unashamed of what it is. I agree with some of the comments saying it's not as smokey as other Islays, expresses its healthy dose of peat in a fat texture and a vanilla creaminess. Not the easiest drinking whisky, nor the most approachable, but when it's right, it's so right. Try with Oysters.

10th October 2015

A thing of Beauty! Highly Recommended!

Had many very expensive single malts including Islay ones. Somehow never tried the Ardbeg 10. What a pleasant surprise! Big smoke/peat, palate fulfills nose perfectly. Smoke/peat nicely integrated/enveloped with sweetness. Beautifully balanced. To compare vs. the Laphroaig 10 (which I like as well), I think the Laphroaig 10 nose is smokier then its palate whereas in the Ardbeg the palate perfectly fits the nose and thus feels smokier and more complex on the palate then the Laphroaig yet somehow also more elegant and balanced then the Laphroaig. Unbelievable value for money! Could be my new go to...

5th October 2015

wonderfully peaty

Bit hit of peat and smoke when i first opened the bottle. I got a citrusy taste on the palate, immediately followed by the huge smoky punch to your gut feel. Nice long smoky finish and a sensation of being by the sea that lingers long after you've finished the dram.
Reminds me of a laphroaig 10. excellent! I can't quite decide which one i like better

30th September 2015

The Seeker reviews Ardbeg 10

I can't really give this anything other than top marks. Whilst it isn't as smooth as Lagavulin 16 it makes up for this by being so in-your-face peaty and smoky but with also a great breadth of flavour. Sea air, bacon, maple, citrus fruits, pepper, huge doses of lucious peaty goodness, there's just so much going on here. It's not for the faint hearted or those uninitiated with Islay single malts but for those who are it gets my highest recommendation. Stunning.

27th September 2015

Islay At It's Best

Reading the reviews, I had to laugh at the person describing a "Chloroseptic" like taste that others don't seem to get. Well, I have to inform you that we ABSOLUTELY get it! That phenol taste is part of the package that forms the basis of our love for everything Islay. Ardbeg 10 and Lagavulin 16 are two great examples of the taste of Islay, an unmistakable taste that will certainly either have you in it's rapture, or disgust the hell out of you. As for me, if it's not Islay, it's everything else, because the Islay taste stands alone!

23rd September 2015

Ardbeg 10 vs Laphroaig 10

The review below from July 22nd, 2015 ; " The Longer its open the better it gets', is spot on. This is my second bottle of Ardbeg 10, the first not really appealing to me . . .much too smoky! That was a year ago, and since then I have purchased many a smoky, peaty bottle, such as Laphroaig 10. I began to really appreciate the Lap 10, but not the Ardbeg. Seems many people swore by it though. I am now giving it another shot. As the other reviewer said, you need to let this sit a bit. It is so very stout that it begs for some air and settling or something. Smokiness aside, it is very tasty. Just a dash of water will really let you enjoy it. All that being said, I still prefer Laphroaig 10. It just seems to have more depth to go along with the campfire.

10th September 2015


My favorite peated Scotch. My favorite mid-priced Scotch. It's like sipping a small brush fire that dowses into a cool smokey mountainside on the finish. It's got a little salt to it. I like it a wee bit better than Laphroig.

9th September 2015

Excellent, but overpriced

After having been introduced to Islay malts by my father, I started off with his favourite tipple - Laphroaig 10. I then tried Talisker and Lagavulin 16 and some of the other Laphs. Yesterday I bought my first bottle of Ardbeg 10. The smokey peatiness that I love is there and so is the saltiness and vanilla. I love it, but I can get exactly the kick from Laphroaig 10 for 40% less money! So, its a great whisky but not great enough to warrant the extra price.

30th August 2015

Smokey deliciousness

Got this bottle as a present and it is my first bottle of Islay whisky. I have tasted and liked very much Lagavulin 16 and Laphroaig 10 but I feel as the Ardbeg 10 really has a whole new level of that intense and agressive peat and smoke aroma. First it was quite overwhelming for a starting malt enthusiast but the taste really does grow on you. Can't wait to have another dram of this.

11th August 2015

The longer its open the better it gets

I got this initially to add some variation to my Peat pallet, as i only really drank Lagavulin.

Initially i found this quite harsh with relatively little nuance but after we drank about 25% of the bottle, and left it 2 or 3 months it became much more dynamic, subtle and interesting. I dont know if the whiskey changed or i changed but its now one of my go to bottles. highly recommended

22nd July 2015

Kids today... Know nothing.

This one is a gem.

Yes it is an angry young 10 year old. Given time on the shelf wont realy matter much. It will remain pretty much as the day you opened it.

It is smokey, warm and happy.

Autumn fires and cold nights burn inside this one.

Descriptions of band-aids and plastic just shows how immature the reviewers are. You kids really need to refine you pallet over how much it takes to get drunk.

Single Malt drinkers don't drink to get bombed. We drink to savoir the complexities of the drink.

Isly peat scotch are for men only. Not children.

17th July 2015

Half the price of lagavulin

its half the price, but I find that it's damn near as good. nice and smoky. a good starter for Islay if you don't want to go too cheap, but want a true representation of the region's flavor.

16th July 2015

Kilchoman killer

I've liked several of the Kilchoman bottlings but they typically run >$60 in NC & SC. The Machir Bay 2013/14 was very enjoyable but $65 for essentially a (well-crafted) 5 year old or thereabouts. I wasn't enamored of the Ardbeg the first couple pours, so utilized a trick I've had work with others. Pouring off 1/2 into another bottle and giving it a couple months to oxygenate and 'blossom', I'm very pleased with it as a daily-type dram. When the spirit begins to suit your taste, pour them back together. It has greater depth than the Kilchomans while delivering many of the things I liked about them. An excellent value @ $50ish, and a modern day classic. If there's a better Islay for the price, I've not tasted it.

9th July 2015

A little too overwhelming

I find Ardbeg to be like a sensory overload. It's good scotch but the peat and medicinal notes are a little much for me to pour a second glass. You must certainly add some water at 46% or you will get a little too much alcohol burn to appreciate some of the sweeter and creamy flavors in the finish. I'm thrilled that it's natural color (it's a shame they have to put it in a green bottle or people would be scared away by the pale color) and non chill filtered, but it's just not something I would put on my top shelf other than for it's name. I can completely see why people go crazy for it though. It definitely stands out in the crowd!

26th June 2015

Very Very Good - But no Lagavulin

Undoutably an Isla from the moment you uncap the bottle wiht its strong peaty aroma & iodine aftertaste.

Very nice whiskey. Very peaty. Some citrus flavours there, and a lot of phenol iodine taste also.

Recommended to try and even have a bottle on the shelf when you want something different, but still does not beat Lagavulin 16, which is just smoother & more balanced than this. That doesnt make it a bad whiskey, its just not the best while Lagavulin 16 is around.

26th June 2015


This Scotch reminds me of fall, and It's perfect for the winter months as well. Instantly I think of leaves burning in the fall. However, this Scotch isn't for the tame of heart. I prefer a teaspoon of water or 1 ice cube.

23rd June 2015


This along with Laphroaig really are pound for pound the best scotches in the world.

12th June 2015

Great unique smoky scotch!!

I bought a bottle of this recently after reading mountains of reviews. I generally drink single malt or bourbon whiskey. upon opening the bottle I was very displeased at first. The cork broke right off at the cap upon opening and even trying to surgically remove it's remnants I was still left with cork in the whiskey. but the overwhelming smoke of this whiskey just piqued my curiosity and after straining a glass of whiskey and adding a small ice cube I gave it a try.

what hit me instantly was the nose. the smell brought me back 10 years to the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. in the dead of winter with no heater other than a wood burning stove. opening the stove to add more wood on the fire the smell of the charred remains of wood, ash and smoke filled my nose.

the taste of the whiskey brought me back to hikes when I used to backpack in the mountains. nights were my favorite as we would gather wood for a fire as even summer nights were cool. there's something about a fire that brings warmth, comfort, memories, and awe. The whiskey's taste reminded me of a fire that has almost burned out as you woke up in the morning to try and stoke it up one good time to get it going for morning. if you added a hint of vanilla to the fire.

Finish was peat and smoke. such a unique whiskey deserves a great rating. this whiskey brought back so many good memories and took me back to a time lost. I live in a hot humid region with no winter. this whiskey is my winter.

as a note I generally stick to McCallan single malts, but I enjoy a plethora of bourbons usually single cask.

6th June 2015

Never enough of Ardbeg 10

After cultivating the whisky culture at home for a while I decided to buy a new specific and smoky one. I hoped the newcomers in my family will not enjoy it too much and I will have the pleasure for longer time. My mistake - I never had to buy new bottles so fequently and again as Ardbeg 10.

3rd June 2015

Why jerk off if you have Ardberg!?

Probably the most orgasmic smokey drops you can get close to. Caramel, smoke, and bite makes this dram among the 5 best I have in my collection of 200+ and down to 100 years+. Buy it drink it or die with a big gap to what the life was all about.

1st June 2015

Not Tried it yet

I am the classic cliché, started off with an Aberfeldy 12 (really nice and mellow), then a Dalwhinnie 15 (slightly underwhelming), Then a Highland Park Einar (lovely), then an Arran 14 (absolutely awesome). I thought however it was time to step up, as others have advised I bought a Talisker 10, first dram I thought 'this is weird and I am not sure' then by the second dram I was instantly hooked on the peaty medicinal taste and realised that all the previous whiskeys regardless of region were really slightly different versions of the same thing whereas this was something new. I am now off to buy the Ardbeg 10 and looking forward to that first dram, then it will be a Lagavullin 16

30th May 2015

Fucking good

Fuck this thing is good stuff!

13th May 2015

Love it

I'm a bit new to Scotch in general and have primarily been drinking Laphroaig 10. Tried Macallan 12 recently and disliked it, so I started looking for something similar to Laphroaig. Most websites recommended Ardbeg, so I went for it. This is great stuff, I find that it has less of a medicinal taste than Laphroaig, but an even stronger peat/smokey flavor. This is my new favorite single malt. I definitely recommend it.

2nd May 2015

Best Smoky Single Malt

I've tried from HP12, Bowmore 12, Laga 16, Laph 18, Kilchoman 3rd Ed and the Talisker 10, DE & 18 cos my tastes revolve around this type of whisky rather than the sweetish (macallans, glen mo, livet's, etc). This Ardbeg 10YO is truly superb and is probably the best buy. Mind you, about 3 years, i had a go at a tasting and did not appreciate it (probably cos i had about 12-15 drams down with quite a mix on my tongue and system).
I'd rate this at the same as the Laph 18, which is twice the price in my parts!

26th April 2015


First time I try an Islay malt, and I think I've found my favourite drink. It's just perfect. It is full "rare" flavours. I really recommend everyone to taste it.

22nd April 2015

Best I have Had...

Wow. ...A10 is a 10! It lives up to the hype. All of the superlatives I read and heard are accurate. I am a fan. now and until, somebody changes the recipe or process. Whom or who ever makes that poor decision should be shot. I am so glad I procured two bottles; should have bought two more...Wow. This is perfect.

14th April 2015

And the winner is...

So as of today iI have finally tried the big three, the 3 scotches that we as scotch drinkers inevitably decide is our favorite scotch(no offense to you sherry and or virgin oak aged air dried only drinkers which are great in their own right): lagavulin, laphroaig. and ardbeg. Now I am relatively new to the realm of scotch but I can tell that there is a certain order you go in, you start with blends like johnnie walker, chivas regal, dewar,s etc. but once you'e into single malts there's no going back, so you drink your glenmorangie and glenfiddich and try a sherry aged like balvenie double wood or macallan or dalmore and realize that you still want more richness and depth to your scotch so you try an islay. For me it was lagavulin 16 year, at first i wasn't sure what to think very peppery and smoky with a salty seaweed taste that was strange at first but quickly became addictive and soon i needed more smoke, so I bought laphroaig 10 year which for almost half of what lagavulin 16 costs was amazing, very peppery and smoky with a huge hit of seaweed/brine and finished with what can only be desrcibed as vanilla ice cream flavored band aids. A superb whisky but nontheless I could not rest till I'd found the final of the big three Islays
so I went and bought ardbeg 10 today. First thing I notice is smoke, lots of smoke, glorious amounts, so smoky it will singe the hair off your balls, followed with a hint of saltwater and more smoke with some vanilla and dark chocolate a couple sips had hints of pepper but not too much and I love that I feel that the pepper can take away from the beautiful peat smoke. So I would have to say that this my favorite scotch now especially considering i just opened it today and it will only get better throughout the next few weeks. Laphroaig 10 will always have a special place in my cabinet (especially for $40) but ardbeg 10 is a little better, more smoke less medicine and pepper and for $60 with a nice glass not too bad. unfortunately ive realized this a little too late because everywhere in my area is running out fast.Can't wait to get uigeadail seems to be more available here in cali.

7th April 2015

The champion

Taste is definitely subjective, so I definitely don't want to be snobbish towards those who do not love this whisky. That being said, when reading scotch reviews an overall picture develops of drinkers eventually catching the Islay bug, and getting drawn to the three pillars on the south coast...Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. There is no wrong answer, I suppose, but for me, Ardbeg is the clear winner. There is just something extra amidst the smoke that makes it stand out. It ruins almost any other whisky for me!

31st March 2015


I could not believe that this whisky had won awards, since it tasted just like the horrible Chloroseptic sore throat spray from my childhood. Upon research, I've learned that "with most <Ardbeg> expressions using malt with a phenol content of 55ppm." (Wikipedia) and Chloroseptic lists 1.4% phenol (14,000 ppm). Still, it tastes the same. Apparently not everyone agrees.

23rd March 2015

Aspiring Single Malt Aficionado

I love Talisker 10 and Lagavulin 16, but dislike Laphoaig and Caol Ila 12. Can some advise me on if I would like or dislike Ardbeg 10? Thanks.

19th March 2015

mrs diana haly

Didn't like this whiskey at all it doesn't taste good more like disinfectant really looking forward to having a tot had it for Christmas but it is undrinkable other people have tried and just not nice .

16th March 2015

Slowly becoming a favorite

I've been working my way through the various single malts. I've had some Speysides, some Highlands, and almost all of the Islays. I've not had any of the other Island malts (Jura, Talisker, et al) or any of the Lowlands. From my experiences, I'll probably stick with the big 3 from Islay (Lagavulin, Laphroag, and Ardbeg). I'm not a huge fan of Bowmore, I really like Caol Ila, and I've yet to try a Bruichladdich.

I'm not a sophisticated scotch drinker that can tell you every esoteric scent and taste, so I won't bore you with snobbery. I will say that Ardbeg 10 is becoming my go-to "daily" dram. Sure, I like Lagavulin 16 a bit better for its complexity, I might rate Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength just a bit higher, and I LOVE the Ardbeg Uigeadail...but dollar-for-dollar, the Ardbeg 10 is the best whisky on the market for my taste.

13th March 2015

Perfect in every way

Ive had alot of scotch whiskys. For the longest time I was a dedicated drinker to Talisker. However after buying this I refuse to drink anything else. Its smokey and smooth, and has way to many more descriptive terms for me to list on here. Long story short BUY IT!

10th March 2015

Love at first nose

I'm not surprised, perse, by the negative reviews, but it is a bit disappointing. One should know prior to making a purchase, whether or not this would appease ones palate. Ok, on to the review. On the nose, there was kefir lime smothered in salted caramel, mired in smokey iodine. As I continued to peel back the layers of peat smoke, there arose sweet malty cereal notes and over-toasted marshmallow. With water, the smoke waned slightly, and the lime became more pronounced, along with more ooey, gooey marshmallow and dark brown sugar. On the palate, it is oily, viscous and oh so creamy. Sweet, sweet, sweet! Charred oak and wonderful fresh band-aids with chocolate covered espresso beans near the finish. With water, the espresso gave way to well-done key lime pie, witch hazel, and sea sprayed caramel cremes. The finish, well... it wasnt, if you catch me. It just didnt! Not for some time. The bittersweet cacao espresso beans are back, and the waves of sweet peat smoke mingle with seaweed smoke from a true New England beachfront calm bake including the brown bread. With water, it became a bit more creamy, and a tad shorter, but never ceased to amaze. I still can't get over the age of this whisky. It is an old soul this one. I love my Talisker 10, but it is indicative of its age, and a bit ill-tempered. This is a stunner, and I can't wait to see what else Ardbeg has in store!

22nd February 2015

Cult following

I've heard Ardbeg isn't quite as good as it used to be. As I'm new to this islay I wish I could of had it in it's prime, great smokey flavor, iconic Briney finish, but the bitter dark chocolate notes unbalance it for me when water is added. For the same price point I will choose the Caol Ila 12 over this everytime. I can see why it has such strong following though, it's a great everyday dram.

20th February 2015

Definitely Different

Buyer beware: If you're looking for something a bit different look elsewhere. This is A LOT different. I'm no expert, but I do feel bold enough to suggest that anyone who describes this whiskey as anything less than powerfully smoky has something missing from their palate. Very interesting, but not for the unadventurous.

15th February 2015

Smoking is good for your health!

Another great Islay distiller. Ardbeg is known for their massive smokiness they put in their starter bottling, the 10 yo. And with good reason. On the nostrils, sweetish peat scents can be found, but the expected smoke stays out. Right up until the moment you taste this. Copious amounts of natural smoke overflow your mouth. It's hard to trace other tastes amongst the rich and very pleasant smokeflavours. On the finish, the smokiness continues undisturbed and lasts very long. This excellent scotch never offends or insults, dispite the fact that it's signature flavour is so massively present. It's a phenomenally balanced Islay cracker! (RB)

31st January 2015

Don't be too quick to judge

I was really disappointed with my first dram. It struck me as too overpowering to enjoy. Can't explain why but after going back to explore, this bottle has become my clear favorite. Still enjoy my Laphroig and my Lagavulin but the Ardbeg gives me something the others do not.

26th January 2015

Need to acquire a taste for this

Initial aroma and taste like a punch on the face,however after a few its not to bad.reminds me of TCP.

25th January 2015

A fine dram

Palate is too mild compared to Uigeadail and Laphroig 10 cs.

17th January 2015

Just what I was after!

Love my whisky smokey, lots of flavour and a good finish. This ticks the boxes.

14th January 2015

like it

I like it

10th January 2015


Not an aficionado - not by a long shot! However I could not get beyond the first sip. Like nothing I've had before. Not in a position to say it's good or bad and would never tell anyone to drink or not drink but please buy a miniature first. I have one that I won't be touching again! I do like peat but this one's off the scale!

10th January 2015


Buy it! You can't go wrong :)

10th January 2015


I'd buy it again

9th January 2015


It's beautiful! if you like peat you'll love this, taste is amazing and very satisfying. i didn't like Laphroaig 10 so much, but i love this. it has a slight sweetness to it.

5th January 2015

Are you guys serious?

This is the worst thing I've ever tasted. I agree with the folks that say it tasted like a band-aid (although I would say a real dirty band-aid). I suspect that some people can perceive a certain chemical that other perhaps can't (similar to the sulfur issue with some whisky) explaining why there are huge differences in the way people describe this whisky. I would recommend getting the sample first; if you can smell/taste what I can there's no way you would want to drink this.

3rd January 2015


Finally picked up a bottle of Ardbeg 10 to go with my Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Bowmore and John Double Black bottles and I'm really glad I did. I don't know that I would have been ready for this Scotch a year or two ago. This is not an introductory Islay Single Malt if there is such a thing but even amongst the smokier peatier vintages this one is a standout. Do I like it better than Lagavulin or Laphroaig? No because they are all quite distinct and I view them as complimentary not adversarial malts. On its own this is an excellent Islay and a monster of peat. But if you're going to pick up Lagavulin and Laphroaig you really owe it to yourself to pick up a bottle of A10 for the collection as this truly is an excellent bottle of Scotch.

1st January 2015

awe inspiring

I have been sampling different whiskeys to find the ones that suit and this one has made it into my top three with Caol Ila 10 yr and Lagavulin 16 yr. I love the peatiness but it doesn't hit like a Laphroaig. Truly a beautiful dram.

27th December 2014

Too much of a good thing

Corryvreckan is my favorite dram on the planet with Uigeadail not far behind. Ardbeg 10 has similar smokey richness in the mouth but the aftertaste is really briny.

21st December 2014

It's all about Islay

If you are new to scotch then this would not be a good introduction. The best thing about whisky is variety. I personally prefer Islay malts as they invoke the greatest sensory experience. For the money, Ardbeg 10 is may hands down favorite. The balance is perfect. Vanilla, smokey peat and citrus blend sublimely into the sea. Smooth. But be warned, it is not for the faint of heart. If you like this, I strongly recommend Uigeadale (which is my favorite). The sherry finish is fantastic. Cheers.

20th December 2014

Fair, but I dont get the hype

Its a nice dram, yes. But its all smoke for me. Imo there is a lot more to a good dram than peat and i dont get that complex taste I crave from this. So Im happy i had a glass at a pub and not a bottle for my cabinet as there are many other peated drams i would rather buy. Its not a bad whisky, not at all, but for me, it is a over hyped bottle that lacks what I look for in a dram. Ill stick to my no-age Bunnahabhain or Bruichladdich Octomore. They just have more flavour. Sorry Ardbeg fans. This is all yours. CM

1st December 2014


I personally like peat, though I have only tried the Laphroaig 10, the Laga 16 and this. I find the Laphroaig the peatiest, but this is my favorite - beautiful balance, without losing the peat kick!

19th November 2014

Great scotch!

Very tasteful, the best Islay malt I've had so far.
The taste is really intense and smokey and similar to Laphroaig, but even better in my opinion. This has instantly been added to my favorites, which also includes: Talisker 10, Dalwhinnie 15, Glenmorangie Original, Glenfiddich 12 and Laphroaig 10.

17th November 2014

Lovely drop 😉

having been in love with Laphroaig for a long time, this is my drinking Mistress 😄
Peat, Vanilla, Citrus at the start, then long Peppery-Spicy aftertaste with the full Smoke flavor.
This is definitely my Xmas drink together with Laphroaig 18 😍
Then again, why to wait till Xmas?...

12th November 2014

Never disappoints

I am a fan of all styles of scotch and have been lucky to enjoy even some very pricy ones on occasion. But I think the Ardbeg 10 is one of those really excellent bottles that doesn't need the qualifier "for the price." It's just plain fantastic in it's own right, and is distinct even from the other fine offerings from this distillery. It does have a slightly youthful zest but it also has an amazing depth and complexity of flavor. The smokiness is absolutely glorious yet somehow does not upstage the salted caramel and other highlights that many have commented on. For what it's worth, my "favorite-favorites" also include Laphroaig 18, Laphroaig 10, Lagavulin 16, Highland Park 18, Glenmorangie Original, Aberlour A'bunadh, Mortlach 15, Springbank 15, Macallan 10, Macallan 18. Point being, like me, if you enjoy a broad variety of scotches, I would highly encourage you to try or revisit Ardbeg 10.

6th November 2014

Ardberg 10 year

this is the scotch I have been looking for.......just a taste trip from beginning to residual all who don't like this....send it to me......I will accept partial bottles and credit fly fishing trips in Montana for full bottles........Ron Oates/Montana Outfitters 40-350-fih

2nd November 2014

Low ratings from people

Just because it isn't your style, doesn't mean it deserves a low rating

20th October 2014

Seriously good stuff!

In my opinion it does't get better for the price if you like this style of malt.
Nose- vanilla accompanied by LOTS OF PEAT!!!

Palate- First taste PEAT, followed by vanilla sweetness, and some sightly bitter fruits like lime YUM.

Finish- The peat lingers for a long time, and after a few sips will warm you up! Lots of smoke as-well in the finish!

Overall- This single malt will blow your socks off, Will warm you up on a cld fall/winter evening. Highly recommended A+

20th October 2014

Its really good

very peaty nose with hints of buttery cream, smoke, brine, sea and medicinal.
again very peaty taste with hints of sea water, smoke and medicine.
A long lasting finish with strong charcoal, smoke, brine and seaweed.

18th October 2014


Islay malts seem to be somewhat polarizing. I arrived at this malt in the wake of a wonderful experience with the Ledaig, which hits you with peat and sea salt with all of the subtlety of a car alarm going off at 3am. So, strange as it may seem, I found the Ardbeg a bit restrained in its salt and peat in comparison to some of my new favorites. It's simply mouth-watering, though. Every dram features amazing, complex, ever-shifting and evolving tastes. Satly and smoky, but never unwelcome. Finished the bottle with a few friends about two months ago, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. Cheaper than Lag 16, and perhaps just a bit better. High praise indeed.

6th October 2014

a paddy from clare, ireland

a 1 no contest. ardbeg 10 year old the best

26th September 2014

Not my type

I don't really like this, simple way to explain is that it tastes like smoke and leather to me. I can drink it and see how people would like it, but not my cup of tea. I would take a jack Daniels over this. Glenlivet 12 is cheaper and I like that much more. But I know, different style.

26th September 2014


When I jog through my neighborhood here in Houston, Texas, I often catch a whiff of smoke from someone grilling in their backyard. And I'm carried away to my "happy place." The finish of the A10 has the same sensory impact. The soft smoke melds with the salty caramel and I find myself jogging down the "low road", unconsciously running faster and faster past the Kildalton Cross, towards the distillery so I can transform the visceral into the actual - a dram of A10 by the hearth. And again the smoke soothes. I'm in a kef. (Yes, that's a real word; look it up.)

7th September 2014

Holy Cow,.......

Novice single maltie here,....bought Ardbeg to try my first islay scotch, was so smokey, so medicinal tasting, rolled my socks down to my ankles,........don't think I can drink this, and don't even know anyone I could give the bottle to. Yikes!

7th September 2014

Woah Nellie,.....

I'm new to single malts, having only had Old Pulteney, Clynelisch, Dalwinnie, and Glenmorangie before I bought this Ardbeg,......but the smokey, biting peat taste really knocked me back. Adding a little water seemed to open the nose somewhat, but this whisky will have to grow on me. Or, maybe not,....

5th September 2014

Intense, Powerful, yet Easy to Drink

If you're not a fan of peaty malts then this clearly isn't for you. If you are however then you are in for a treat. This nip dances round the glasss and on the nose before packing a punch like Muhammad Ali! It is so easy to drink, but the smoke and sea air just hit you and stay with you... sometimes right down to the bottom of the bottle.

2nd September 2014

Go for other Ardbegs

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

Wall of peat

Not a fan of this one, far too peaty for me. Tastes like sucking on an amber from a camp fire.

25th August 2014

Wish I had read S'okau's review before buying

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

In this moment

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

Ardbeg 10 yrs

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 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

You Either Love It Or Hate It

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

Ardbeg 10 yeat old

Lovely lovely Whisky. A bit more firey than lagavulin and Laphroaig. 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

A True Smoke n Spice Bomb

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

Smoke, smoke, and more smoke!

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

A Holiday Ruined

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

Big peat

peat and smoke bomb, chargrilled nuts and bonfire long long finish ; classy dram.

15th June 2014

A confused and disappointing affair

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 wouldn't say nasty but not what I was expecting

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

Just Totally Awesome!

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

Try before you buy

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!

18th April 2014

Love Ardbeg

Love it, but cheaper to buy here

9th April 2014

Love it !

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

Maple bacon cooking over a campfire

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

The viking whisky!

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

Could not stop grinning

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

Fantastic Scotch!

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

Could not stop grinning

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!

22nd February 2014

Big smoke but mellow

Interesting 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

My go to bottle

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

Top Notch

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

A fabulous dram.

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

Ardbeg 10 year old

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

Simply pointless

Colour is just awful, makes you not want do drink that
Quite smooth.
Unbalanced taste, all i can get is the smoke

10th December 2013


in your mouth

4th December 2013

First heavily peated whisky

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

My first bottle of Islay

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

Third time's a charm?

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.

22nd November 2013


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.

22nd November 2013

A thing of beauty!

*sweet* bonfire smoke

7th November 2013

For An Educated Palate!

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!

7th November 2013

A thing of beauty!

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

Really not for me

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

Quite simoly st7nning

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

One of the Islay greats

Brilliant whisky, well balanced and interesting. The finish is smooth and to die for.

21st September 2013

a vulgar Islay style

Unbalanced, overwelming and boring.
I prefer so much the Lagavulin 16.

18th September 2013

Smokey iodine greatness

Simply the best Islay whiskey on the planet pound for pound I tried them all... There's no denying the truth!!!

1st September 2013

like iodine

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

Not for me

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 must have for the fan Islay Whisky.

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

Hands down, The Best

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

Oh so Peaty

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

So smoky

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

Jeyes cleaning fluid

1star is too much

10th June 2013

Jeyes cleaning fluid

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

10th June 2013

Almost Magic..

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

Perfect Sea Air!

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 Man's Barbecue Scotch!!!!

A beautiful smokey peat blast from Islay! Taste like lemony barbecue beef! Keep up the good work ARDBEG!!!!

12th May 2013

Man's Barbecue Scotch!!!

I LOVE this Scotch! I feel like a woodsmen drinking this GREAT SCOTCH from the ISLAY! Keep it up ARDBEG!!!

12th May 2013

Emporer's new clothes?

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

Not quite what I expected

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

I'll give this away....

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.

4th May 2013

I like to drink this when I don't want to share any whisky with others ;)

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

No Repeater Here 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

beyond rating

Lagavulin 16, Laphroaig 10, Talisker 10, Bruichladdich the Laddie 10, and perhaps next to Lagavulin 16 the best

29th March 2013

Ardbeg Fan Forever!!

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

forgot to rate it.......

2 glasses..not pub measures neither.

23rd February 2013

Simply, the best damn Malt I've had in years

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!

23rd February 2013

Ha ha, you have to laugh at some of these comments...

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

Oh no its the troll guy who drinks all his finest whiskies with Irn Bru

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

Not a Good Mixer

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
Ronald Mitchell

14th January 2013

Funny reading all this

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

not impressed

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

Ardbeg 10 is my overall favorite !

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 - Let it transport your tongue to a wonderful place...

"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 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

Not from Islay

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

Apprentice Single Malt Drinker

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

Very, very good . . .

I love peaty whiskey and this comes a very close second to my fave laphroaig. Superb

22nd December 2012

Not one for me!

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

Ardbeg 10 year single malt

What a horrible taste and awful after taste! Most disgusting whiskey I have ever tasted. Poured it down the sink.

6th December 2012

Wow wow wow

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

Value for money Islay

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

Definitely Different From My Usual Dram

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

Top Achiever

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

Very good

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

Horrible....Iodine is strong!

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

lovely stuff

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

£ for £ the best whisky bar none

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

Good Buy

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

blown away!

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

My favorite in the category

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

Jane magee

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

great peat/smoke taste

I truly enjoy this scotch. Peat taste, smokey and smooth taste and is great with many cigars

12th August 2011

Balanced perfection

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

simply the best

thgere is no going back on this one pound for pound it is simply the best.

9th March 2011

There is no going back

� for � simply THE BEST

9th March 2011

If you like Laphroaig but..

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

Love it!

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

None better

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

An Islay Giant!

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

A great achievment !

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

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