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Jim Murray's 2008 World Whisky of the Year! When Ardbeg 10 was released it was the first expression from the distillery not to be chill-filtered. It's a true classic from Islay, and a must have for any fan of single malt whisky.
Nose: A ridge of vanilla leads to mountain of peat capped with citrus fruits and circled by clouds of sea spray.
Palate: Sweet vanilla counterbalanced with lemon and lime followed by that surging Ardbeg smoke that we all know and love.
Finish: Long and glorious; sea salted caramel and beach bonfire smoke.
Overall: Precise balance, big smoke and non-chill filtered. This is why this is such a famous dram.
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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
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.92/100
27th February 2017
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
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
Not as nice as the last bottle I had.
1st February 2017
So close to being 5 stars.......lovely smokey dram. Only reason it's not 5.....quite simply.....uigeadail.
17th January 2017
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
I love it
7th December 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
@maltmondaysThe 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
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 & suits a little smoke!
4th July 2016
band -aid taste
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
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
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
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 Scotch...you won't be disappointed. Amazing for the money.
13th June 2016
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
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
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
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
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 complexNose 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Great smell, great taste
12th February 2016
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
Ardbeg in a glass.This ones got it!
31st January 2016
Tastes like getting kicked in the balls feels, but somehow I think I like it.
Very smooth with nice smokey after taste.
29th January 2016
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
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
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
...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
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
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
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.
Well worth it's price, smokebomb!
6th January 2016
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
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
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
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 and a little too peaty for me.
26th December 2015
25th December 2015
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
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.
23rd December 2015
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.
EXCELLENT, SUPERB DRINK EVER I HAD IN MY LIFE.
21st December 2015
Quite siply (sic!) the best malt whisky that has ever kissed my lips! A true treat in a tumbler....
17th December 2015
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
It's peaty taste is just amazing.
14th December 2015
The perfect way to finish a meal. Its peaty taste is just amazing!
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
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.
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
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.
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 whiskeys i've ever had. It tastes and smells like hospital soap.
29th November 2015
Tastes like it's filtered through well worn tennis shoes over all awful,give me glenfarclas 12 yr old any day.
25th November 2015
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
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
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.
Creamy, smoky smoothIt's like tasting apple wood smoked cream with dollops of vanilla and sweet cherriesIn shortOutstanding
7th November 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Fuck this thing is good stuff!
13th May 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Palate is too mild compared to Uigeadail and Laphroig 10 cs.
17th January 2015
Love my whisky smokey, lots of flavour and a good finish. This ticks the boxes.
14th January 2015
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!
Buy it! You can't go wrong :)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
this is the scotch I have been looking for.......just a taste trip from beginning to residual taste........to 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
Just because it isn't your style, doesn't mean it deserves a low rating
20th October 2014
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+
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 1 no contest. ardbeg 10 year old the best
26th September 2014
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.
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
Novice single maltie here,....bought Ardbeg to try my first islay scotch,.....it was so smokey, so medicinal tasting,...it 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!
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
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
After having tried corry and oogie, this one just left me thinking, "and?" Especially since the aforementioned are bottled near 60% and this one a mere 46, the price is insignificant. Still, if you've tried and liked the others, and want to get back to the roots of what makes Ardbeg tick, it's a good whisky and you won't regret buying it. I just feel the others have more oomph to offer, and I guess I like oomph.
26th August 2014
Not a fan of this one, far too peaty for me. Tastes like sucking on an amber from a camp fire.
25th August 2014
I couldn't put my finger on what I thought the aftertaste was, and bandaid seems to nail it. The smell is more of a chemical smell to me than smokey. I thought that I opened a bad bottle but it seems that is how it is supposed to smell. No way I can drink anymore of this. Need to rinse my mouth with some Everclear.
22nd August 2014
I'm trying it this very moment for the first time. I'm reasonably new to whisky, but this is a very nice dram to drink. A sweet nose and a lovely smoky taste that lasts. It does taste a little burnt plasticky, but not in a bad way... After reading the reviews, I'm going to have to try Laphroaig for comparison.
21st August 2014
This is not a bad whisky, but I personally see no reason to pick it over say a Laphroaig, which in my location is cheaper and offers a stronger and more coherent flavor. The Ardbeg 10 has a slight "rubbery" undertone which I don't like. I can see how some people might interpret this as a facet of "smokiness", but I just interpret it as the flavor of bandaids, unfortunately. As for the good, there are indeed the peaty spice and smoke, oaky vanilla, hints of citrus, and some sea saltiness... but I can get these same flavors, with a bit more smoke and less rubber, from Laphroaig.
19th August 2014
not a scotch drinker, let alone islay scotch. Became "curious" after my boys birthday dinner, when all we were buying him shots of laphroaig. Got ardbeg 10, lagavulin 16, and laphroaig 10 cask strength. here is my review of ardbeg 10...No escape glass so I used a big wine glass. Pour a bit and swirled and let breath for two minutes...for me I take a breath and hold my breath and sip a drink and exhale... it smelled peaty and a bit of iodine out of bottle. After letting it breath. it smelled like after taste of plain grits, followed by smoky smell of rubbing alcohol... The color a little light a and not as thick. For me it tasted like light whiskey with smoky "islay" taste and a dry finish that hints a taste of iodine. I like it, but definitely a lighter and drier taste amongst the three. To get an unbiased taste you have to go in with a biased approach of "this is what islay scotch taste like". if you like mellow light color scotch that a little dry...you might like ardbeg 10. if you like crown royal, that what it taste like, a islay crown royal that is not as sweet as crown but a lot more peaty... 8 out of 10.
14th August 2014
My experience is similar to the 'Marmite' post below - the wife says why don't I just gargle with TCP as it's cheaper and healthier, but I adore the smoke and peaty aroma of Islay Whisky with Ardbeg 10yo and Oogy the kings in my opinion
11th August 2014
Lovely lovely Whisky. A bit more firey than lagavulin and Laphroaig. ...in my humble opinion. But full of peat, salt and all that is good.
2nd August 2014
This scotch gave me a hangover. It is NOT pure. Moreover, the taste is off. Yes it is smoky and full of peat, but it ends empty and hollow. Nonetheless, my major concern is my hangover. This dram is tainted yo!
25th July 2014
I love the Ardbeg range! Not only my favourite whisky range, but range of all alcohol products. This ten year old packs a deep smokey nose much like picking up the aromas of a campfire burning on the lot beside you.The body on the palette is medium to full bodied which you could tell from the beautiful legs running down the side of your favourite whisky glass. The finish is a long, lingering, peppery and oaky flavour that leaves you wanting more. And you wouldn't have guessed any of this by the deceiving but beautiful natural light golden colour of fantastic single malt. I love the Ardbeg Ten as it offers an experience that goes nearly unmatched - unless you are drinking Ardbeg specialty ranges like Uigaedail, Alligator, or Ardbog. 9 out of 10.A Couple other great whiskies that offer similar experiences are Laphroiag Quarter Cask and Caol Ila 12 Year Old.
3rd July 2014
My usual drink is Glenmorangie... wanted to try this "peat and smoke" thing... not for me. Smelled like a watered down house fire, wrung out of a cotton towel into a bottle. Not my idea of fun....
30th June 2014
We went to Islay earlier in the year and it rained for the entire week. I would imagine their whisky is the same.
25th June 2014
peat and smoke bomb, chargrilled nuts and bonfire long long finish ; classy dram.
15th June 2014
I love peaty drams and after many years i finally tried the supposed legend or Ardbeg. Where to start ...the nose doesn't carry that pure peatiness of a Lagavulin or Laphroaig, theres a sour odour of burnt rubber. Very dry on the palate with a slight bitter note, definitely no sweetness here still carrying that rubbery bitterness through. The finish is very dry, something i quite like but i find the whole experience very confused. The BIG smoke just isn't there for me, its smokey but not a patch on a Laphroaig and its just nowhere near a lagavulin 16, the peat in that has real momentum and carries right through to the finish, here, its all very confused. Disappointing
10th June 2014
Nasty! just give me Ardbeg.
9th June 2014
I agree with some of the comments about tasting antiseptic, but a few drops of spring water can do wonders for a palate. The finish i like, not sure I would buy another bottle though.
5th June 2014
Sorry folks. Ardbeg is simply a nasty tasting scotch for me, my wife and 2 of my neighbors. None of us liked it. That peculiar taste of band aids was overpowering and unpleasant. I've blown through about 1/2 the bottle and I can't get used to that taste....never mind enjoy it. Furthermore, none of us could detect that "smokey" taste everyone crows about. Give me Laphroig, Glen Garioch, Jura, Dalmore or Glenfiddich 15 anytime......just don't give me Ardbeg.
16th May 2014
my favorite whiskey of them all. i'm all about smoky whisky and this is the best yet. Laphroaig is too tame.
11th May 2014
This is an extreme! The aroma keeps my girlfriend at arms length but the taste is wonderful. not for everyone but it is probably the smokiest whisky on the market. Leagues better than Laphriog!
6th May 2014
This is like an epic awesome whiskey! I must have like been looking like forever before I found this one. It's like totally epic. I have tried like awesome numbers before I found this. What I totally don't like understand is why the place is like called Islay and not Island like the others. Still like this is an epic totally awesome drink.John - Boston Ma.
5th May 2014
Bought because of high taste rating posted on sign. Tastes and smells exactly like the old Lysol antibacterial cleanser that has been discontinued for some years. Recalls memories of cleaning bathrooms. Not that there's anything wrong with that. . . .
29th April 2014
I'm glad I went for the tester first as this isn't for me. Heavy smoke, medicinal finish that lasts. I wouldn't buy it but that's just my taste. Recommend a tester for this one.
18th April 2014
Is Islay was a cake, this would be the slice with all the frosting.Stellar dram, balanced, with the right amount of peat. The best I can equate it to is eating peanut brittle at the beach on Islay next to a campfire at night. Oh, and it's foggy, definitely foggy. But this malt, right now, do eet!
Love it, but cheaper to buy here
9th April 2014
So strong on the aroma yet so smooth on the tongue.I pay just under $100Can here in Ontario and it is worth every penny. I have tried some others in this price range but sofar nothing else is even close and I feel no need to spend more.Some may be turned off by that strong smokey aroma but if you are hold your nose and simply taste it I doubt you will be sorry you forced it past your lips.Enjoy.
5th April 2014
Can never figure out how this Islay can be so powerful yet so smooth and balanced, but I suppose that's the unique magic. It's just perfect and easily the best value of any single malt I've yet to try.
2nd April 2014
I give this a ten simply because of the strong and long lasting balanced bomb of peat smoked glory that will send your tastebuds into whisky heaven while your mind will send you thinking of huge bonfires at a beach in the middle of the night. Islay never stop to surprise me and if it's not my favourite whisky yet, it bloody well might be before the bottle is empty.Long traditions and a knowledge of what defines the whisky's from islay is what you get in this bottle. You will feel the spirits - and by god, they will stay in your mouth for a long time when you drink this, it's absolutely astonishing. If you prefer to drink ladies drinks, stay away from islay whisky's, this is NOT for you! These precious drops of nirvana should not be spilled on infidels.Enjoy your drink with a dash of tempered water as this baby holds 46% and you might want it down to 37 before it will kiss your mouth softly. If your cold from a long walk outside, sit down in a good chair, sit back and say hello, because you deserve it.
29th March 2014
Never been a fan of peat, actually hated it but when I was in a pub and this was the only whisky available I thought I'd give it a go. I was blown away by the quality of this whisky so much more than just peat going on, it's rich with vanilla and cream. The peat it's self is smooth and just lovely. All the people saying it tastes horrible I urge you to give it a second chance. The day I tried ardbeg is a day I will always remember, can't put a price on new experiences with good friends in a pub.
28th March 2014
I was sure someone would offer to kick my arse for spelling whisky as "whiskey". Sorry about that. Cant get enough of that Smokey flavour though. Love a good peated Scotch.
28th February 2014
I'be only recently started drinking Scotch, but i've tried many types, most distinctly Lagavulin 16 year. In my opinion, this is my favorite so far. It's sweet, yet smoky at the same time, and doesnt leave a bad after taste like The Glenlivet.
27th February 2014
After my first bottle of Ardbeg 10, it instantly became my favorite whiskey. I love the long lasting peaty taste on my tongue. I am no expert on single malts but I know what I like and now want to try morefrom Ardbeg. Simply superb
22nd February 2014
My first Islay and wow! Citrusy seawater and liquid smoke. Initially intimidating yet intriguing. The first dram is different and a little scary. Then you want more. Like sex!
Interesting Whisky.it is the smokiest I have tried but the smoke is almost like camouflage because once you get past it, this is a very mellow, somewhat sweet Whisky with a dominant vanilla taste and a soft sweetness. The Whisky has almost no color so aesthetically not the most appealing. Lagavulin 16, my favorite, is almost as smoky but has a more intense color and the taste is more complex. Only way I can describe it. Still, it is a very nice Whisky. Someone commented about drinking hoppy beers and having a conditioned palate for strong flavors. I understand. I too like very hoppy beers and the Islay whiskies seem to satisfy my craving for strong flavors the most. Balvenie is good too but almost as a dessert Whisky.
21st February 2014
This blows any other $50 bottle away. Lots of smoke and peat but smooth.Laphroaig is not even in the same class much more harsh. I tell people all the time nay JW is not for real scotch drinkers it for people who think they drink scotch. Arbeg is for scotch drinkers. Tried the more expensive ones above the 10 and did not like them as well.Quote from my friend who loves cigars and scotch, Ardbeg is his scotch and cigar in one when he cannot light up inside.
1st February 2014
One of the best bangs for you buck when it comes to Islay scotches. Ranks up there with the more expensive Lagavulin
24th January 2014
Overly powerful antiseptic finish.Only for those who really like the peat,classy but narrow in appeal I would think.
20th January 2014
Okay, if you're not a fan of Islays, you're simply not going to like this. But this is, to my palate, a class above the pack.
13th January 2014
if you wanna know the difference between a blended and a single malt.... start here. this is a stand alone revelatory Scotch that should make you realise why you shouldn't drink blendeds. it's an affordable favourite and is very distinctive, nearly unique!
19th December 2013
Colour is just awful, makes you not want do drink thatQuite smooth.Unbalanced taste, all i can get is the smoke
10th December 2013
in your mouth
4th December 2013
To all amateurs like myself, do not fear the bad reviews for the supposed overpowering nature of this beautiful dram. It is actually more polite than I imagined it would be. Definitely strong and unique in peat and smoke, but not an all-out assault on your taste buds the way a very hoppy IPA (beer) might taste. Maybe my tongue has toned down the extremes from drinking strong beer, but this stuff tasted like leather-menthol sea salt heaven with a little citrus in there for good measure. The nose is stronger than the flavor, I think, so don't let it put you off. Give it a sip and enjoy.
27th November 2013
Quite a bit of the iodine smell, can be offputting at first, but when having this dram occasionally, it is tolerable. The peat hits you and you imagine yourself eating a forest fire. The smoke, the bbq meat, the fire.Pretty good stuff, can drink this neat, but not my everyday dram.
26th November 2013
And that was a failure, as I somehow clicked a half star on the my added info. Can a moderator or site owner delete the "Adding..." review? Or remove the half star?
22nd November 2013
I'm not adding a star review intentionally because I'm simply too new and haven't tasted enough to really form an opinion. I feel I lack experience to adequately grade this officially, but I wanted to chime in just the same.
I'm new to whisky, having finally discovered my desired taste profile when a neighbor served me a glass of Lagavulin 16. Since then I've been on a tasting journey, trying to discover as much as I can when the opportunities arise. Mostly I'm finding that I just prefer smokey Islays and thus my first purchase was a Bowmore 12, which I enjoyed but found it lacked the smokey peaty punch of the Lagavulin. It was a good introduction to the region nevertheless. My second purchase is the Ardbeg 10 and I'm not all that far into it, but I'm REALLY enjoying this. I've had the chance to contrast it directly to the Lagavulin 16, and though both are sublime, I do think this Ardbeg 10 is my winner. Price isn't the concern as they're both pretty pricey in my area: $92 for Ardbeg, $109 for Lagavulin (Montréal). I'd like to, and will eventually, own both simulataneously but at current time I'm giving the nod to Ardbeg. So this review is from a total novice, but I'm willing to and wanting to do this right. I'd like to try a few more Islays and then explore some other regions and styles. I like to be thorough, so I feel I can't move on from Islay until I've had at least Laphroaig and Bunnahabain.
*sweet* bonfire smoke
7th November 2013
A superb dram but really it is not for the vast majority of whisky drinkers. It is best appreciated by someone who knows their whiskies and has some degree of skill with tasting and the words to express themselves. It is clear to see from the grammar and comments of some of the reviewers that they really should stick to Lager and Bitter. Please leave the serious comments to educated whisky drinkers such as myself and a select few!
Love this! Great straight but add just a teaspoon of water and wait for the magic to happen! Beautiful sweetness on the tip of the tongue, reminiscent of sweat bonfire smoke on a dark winter day infused with vanilla. As it travels over the tongue, more arrival of flavour, the smoke, peat, sweet saltiness that the sides of the tongue pick up. The finish is long, flavours of bitter dark chocolate or espresso coffee. On the nose, smoke, peat, iodine and a faint sweetness of burnt wood. With every sip, I'm transported to a wonderful, mysterious, magical place.
6th November 2013
my husband wanted to try this after seeing a lot of good reviews. it's terrible. he even made me try it to confirm it. way too much smokey peat and oak!! nasty. waste of $52
5th November 2013
Very disappointing. I am a big fan of the smoky Jura, and hoped for an equivalent balance. I find it to be too thin in the front, and too much stale smoke in the back. It is more like a thin reedy cigarette than a lovely mellow peat fire. It certainly is strong, but strong doesn't necessarily mean good. I will actually be pouring this out, which is always a tragedy.
28th October 2013
Ardbeg continues to be, in my opinion, the finest distillery on the planet. A true success story after battling back from the brink.I tend to wander away from Ardbeg 10 at times but i am always drawn back. The initial huge peat rush both on the nose and palate is quickly joined by vanilla, a fruity sensation and a beautiful sweetness. Perfectly balanced and worth every penny and then some.
21st October 2013
been experiencing the joy of whisky for 32 years & had the good the bad & the ugly ,but this one i just don't get at all.personal taste & favorite for me is heavy on the smoke & peat with a nice smoothness , this however doesn't tick any box for me .i found this out having purchased a whole bottle , so i would advise anyone ,due to its price tag to try a sample bottle of the stuff first.
10th October 2013
Don't really see what all the fuss is about to be honest, it is good but I'd rather have a bottle of Caol Ila 12 any day.
6th October 2013
Brilliant whisky, well balanced and interesting. The finish is smooth and to die for.
21st September 2013
Unbalanced, overwelming and boring.I prefer so much the Lagavulin 16.
18th September 2013
Simply the best Islay whiskey on the planet pound for pound I tried them all... There's no denying the truth!!!
1st September 2013
If its peat/ smoke you want this has it. To me it was a $20 bottle but I guess I am just not a fan of this type . Had it while trying others ( balvenie, dalmore, j black gold and this this was not for me
31st August 2013
All whiskys have their own character and this is why I love the drink. I am very open minded. I actually tried a whole bottle of Ardbeg 10 and it was far too peaty and smokey for me to the point of overpowering the drink. The colour is very very light for a whisky. Not for me, but don't let me put you off trying this whisky. It was Jim Murrays 2008 best whisky so it must be very good. Would I buy another bottle? No
30th August 2013
Evidently, huge amounts of peat flavor are added, and then some of the less pleasant components are removed by distillation and aging - so it doesn't taste like the smoke in smoked fish or meat, it's almost unrecognizable as peat smoke at all - but for such a mouthful of - ? - eucalyptus, citrus, resin, i don't know what, but I do like it very much, it's the only Islay whisky I routinely keep in the cabinet (partly too because Lagavulin & Laphroig tends to be priced higher than I'm willing to spend, they're great too in their own ways) - but if you don't like smoke per se, don't shrink from trying this one, it's amazingly full of flavor, yet smooth - you'll hate it or love it -
23rd August 2013
A safe buy, you get what you pay for and thats a bottle of fantastic Islay whisky.Very nice indeed, as good as the Laphroaig 10 yrs./mike-stockholm-sweden
22nd August 2013
I had an occasion to sample the "10". I am hooked, now if it were only available here in Ukraine I would be more than thrilled, I would throw away the damn vodka still and just drink this.
15th August 2013
This is one of the smokiest things I have ever tried. The peat hits your nose as soon as you venture close and a wealth of complex oak and vanilla follow right after. It goes down smooth neat and is definitely a whisky that is to be savoured. Delicious.
18th July 2013
Ardbeg's taste is unique, a solid scotch and a personal favourite.
13th July 2013
I love different things about all three of the South Islay "peat monsters". The complexity and almost infinite finish of Lagavulin, the medicinal "peat reek" of Laphroaig and with Ardbeg it's the smokiness and taste on the palate that endears it to me. It's so powerful it has to be the last dram of the night, you can't taste anything else after it. This is a beautiful whisky, although for the money I'd argue that Laphroaig 10 cask strength is a better buy, but that's just my opinion and malts are a personal thing. Can't recommend this stuff highly enough.
14th June 2013
1star is too much
10th June 2013
This has to be one of the worst tasting whisky's ever.. Vile and all I could think of was Jeyes cleaning fluid... Don't waste your money... Disappointing
The 2nd best on the market if you ask me. Here we have the Ardbeg 10, a winner! I could not recommend this one enough./Mike Sthlm Sweden
29th May 2013
I love Ardbeg 10yr. After a few one night we discovered our own best way to describe it. Nose: Wafts of old fisherman's wax jacket with hints of burnt peg-leg. Palate: Rich smokey brine and vanilla dipped in iodine. Finish: Lingering peat smoke and developing urge to catch a fish. It truly is one of the most complex malts going.
23rd May 2013
A beautiful smokey peat blast from Islay! Taste like lemony barbecue beef! Keep up the good work ARDBEG!!!!
12th May 2013
I LOVE this Scotch! I feel like a woodsmen drinking this GREAT SCOTCH from the ISLAY! Keep it up ARDBEG!!!
It is refreshing change to see a wide range of views on this topic, but I do feel that there is a degree of inverted snobbery in whisky drinking. Having steeled myself to try it, I was pleasantly surprised at the taste considering what an abysmal odour it presents when the bottle is opened; however, that does not make it something I would rave about. Fortunately, there are many more still to try!
7th May 2013
I expected a peaty monster, which as it first hits the mouth it delivers, peat and coal by the shovel full, but only for the briefest moment, the sweet malty flavour then comes to the fore, finishing slowly with smoke and sweet malt barley intertwined deliciously, for me a little water makes the peat more complex but at the cost of the sweet malt, so neat every time. Absolutely excellent, I can honestly say I have never enjoyed a whisky more.
6th May 2013
There was such a hype on Ardbeg 10 as the real true character of Islay whiskies. I bought a bottle and could've added a few bucks more for a proper Islay whisky, like Lagavullin. Very disappointed. Too much medicinal / phenol!
4th May 2013
I like Ardbeg 10, but it seems to be missing some body and finish - but still good. A good malt to try if you're a fan of peat.
Having lived away from the UK for a while, people would often ask for a nip of my whisky if I ordered something 'exotic' in my local well stocked bar. Much like the shopping lists that you see on the side of Barried up motors, people like to list their favourites with a show of pride. Germans were no different when it came to ticking boxes, but Ardbeg was always guaranteed to be the one that they swerved when given a free nose above my glass. Now that i find myself in Norway, I'm pleased that the local Vinmonopolet stocks this as one of their basisutvalg. Perfect for Friday nights in a cabin after a long day's skiing.
12th April 2013
Pungent...burn...sharp...finish confusing. Didn't enjoy it. I'll choke it down with its 55€ price tag in Paris. Will not buy again. Lagavulin 16 still at the top of my list. Will try the Uigeadail. I haven't given up on Ardbeg altogether.
3rd April 2013
Lagavulin 16, Laphroaig 10, Talisker 10, Bruichladdich the Laddie 10, and perhaps next to Lagavulin 16 the best
29th March 2013
An open fire, a well worn Chesterfield chair, a plate of home made smoked salmon and a glass of Ardbeg 10............ PIG IN S**T!!! Eddie in Bolton!
8th March 2013
Talisker, Lagavulin, Laphroig, Bruichladich, tried them all. Ardbeg 10 every time.
24th February 2013
2 glasses..not pub measures neither.
23rd February 2013
So, so smooth, the taste notes hit at an electrifying pace, yet one can determine each and every one. The toasted marshmallow, is simply divine. Only drink if you can fully appreciate, what can only be described as one of the best malts ever. Ballsy, yet subtle. Simply put..YUM!
My favourite malt since I can remember. Oh, and a wee word to the haters... Ardbeg is serious stuff and was never meant for the feint hearted. Do yourself a favour however and come back in a few years when your palette is mature. If you don't taste one of the finest Malt Whiskies on the planet, I'd venture this whisky lark just isn't for you!
14th February 2013
This guy would,nt know a bottle of whisky if he got hit on the head with one. Just stick to the Sugar and water mate!!Oh... got carried away there this stuff is just great but would also recommend the ardbeg uigeadail whish is just bliss!
28th January 2013
After all the reviews I really thought I would like this one but what a disappointment! I always take my dram with Irn Bru which I find adds more flavour to a whisky. However I have to say that this did not mix well in fact it tasted quite awful. I'll give this a miss in future and concentrate on the better quality maltsRonald Mitchell
14th January 2013
The three Islay distilleries in a row down south all seem an acquired taste when compared to the massive remainder of single malt Scotch whiskies. The best balance is in the Ardbeg 10, and I'm a fan of the Laphroiag cask strength offerings as well. Good to know what you're getting into before you try.
13th January 2013
WOW... Very different, not expected,the Iodine taste was overwhelming from start to finish, big smoke with iodine, huge disappointment. No second chances here, JW red take me back
1st January 2013
Loved this product from the first glass and after comparisons with other favorites, (Ardbeg Uigeadail, Lagavulin 16, Laphroiag 10 and quarter cask) it still holds that position. Some of the negative reviews here help to point out that this whisky is not for all is really more indicative of ones general preferences.Lots of people love this exemplary Islay drink and for very good reason.Heavenly to savor the smell, taste and lingering fragrances, top of my list.
30th December 2012
"Ardbeg 10" was my first delve into the Ardbeg range, and I was not dissapointed. I had previously only found one other peaty malt and stuck to it (my being a creature of habit: I stick to what I like and don't change). But, this Ardbeg 10 was a gift from another Malt man. The first crack of the cork released a huge peaty blast from within. It was like releasing a peat genie from a bottle. The scent was instant. I passed some into a glass and left to air for a few seconds. On the nose, this revealed a fire that had just gone out, leaving that wonderful smokey/burnt wood scent.First sip, and held in the mouth: an instant hit of peat and burnt wood, accompanied by a moist earthy aroma on the back of the throat! Again, a truly pleasant taste!I am a pipe smoker, and favour the traditional tobaccos of days long ago - like Digger Flake (still available today). As I sit with lit pipe and a glass of Ardbeg 10, the two compliment each other like they were meant to be together. I am not usually a fan of adding water to my malts, but was curious to see what could be coaxed from this Islay malt. How much range has this whisky got?An small dash of water added, swirled and mixed, and then tasted. The peaty fire had died down on the pallate, and I was this time greeted with a much more subtle flavour, still retaining the earthiness and wood aromas, still displaying the peat aroma. I did find a warm citrus after-taste at the back of the throat. It was lighter and had a "happier" more relaxed taste with bitter dark chocolate tones. Upon finishing the first glass, if you breathed in through the nose with mouth closed, closed your eyes, you could still detect the outdoor smells. A peat fire, damp earth after a light rain, fresh leather (like new shoes) and a hint of sea-salt air as if actually standing beside the sea. This malt kept on giving pleasure, long after the glass was dry.I recommend this malt to anyone who likes a peaty flavour to their whisky. It's not as strong as other peat loaded malts on the market, but to me, Ardbeg 10 has got the balance right on everything.Enjoy it with NO distractions. No TV, No computer. Turn the lights out and have a few lit tea-light candles glowing on the mantle piece. Add a CD of your favourite easy listening songs and pour your first glass.Close your eyes and wait....as your tongue transports you to the Western Isles in Scotland, where you will stand on the white sand beach, breath in the sea-salt filled air, smell the fresh cut peat, and feel the warmth of the fire that has been lit to welcome you. No passport is required - Just a good taste in malt whisky. And with Ardbeg 10, you can travel far - without leaving the comfort of your favourite chair.Rating: I give this whisky the full 10 points available.David Gerrard. Banff. Aberdeenshire.
26th December 2012
Really lacks the peaty smoke of its Islay brothers. Very disappointing in that respect, however it is nonetheless a highly drinkable, easy going dram. I wouldn't buy again, instead favouring Laphroig or Lagavulin.
25th December 2012
Not a connoisseur of Single Malt Whisky's (but I know what I like) I really enjoyed this Birthday gift from my daughter in Australia,I have read all the previous reviews and my amateurish remarks gleaned from those are,loved the sweet vanilla taste on first taste then the smoky,peaty flavour hit me,which was really to my palate and the after taste which lasted lovingly was much to be admired,I hung on for as long as I could before my second sip just to make the tot last longer,where the iodine remarks come from I can't fathom,this beauty is far from medicinal and I for one will be very sad when this bottle is finished (I won't be sharing it with anyone,believe me) and although I don't usually pay out this sort of price on a single malt,I would certainly be tempted to treat myself.Truly Beautiful,thank you Joanne(my daughter) and Ardbeg.
24th December 2012
I love peaty whiskey and this comes a very close second to my fave laphroaig. Superb
22nd December 2012
I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so I got a sample of this, my taste notes below:Nose: Medicinal (smells like anti-sceptic cream! Iodine??)Palate: Smoky peat, salty and iodine flavours prevail. Sweet Vanilla and citrus tang.Finish: Smoky peat and caramel and salt spray. Smoke flavour lasts a long time after the rest.After about half a shot with water, left with a mouth that feels and tastes like an ashtray!!!
15th December 2012
What a horrible taste and awful after taste! Most disgusting whiskey I have ever tasted. Poured it down the sink.
6th December 2012
This has to be the best islay whiskey of all and there are some good ones. Just the tool for a cold winter's night.
25th November 2012
Great quality malt for the price. Much more on offer than other Islays in this price range. Lovely sweet vanilla cutting through the smoke with grilled orange
23rd September 2012
I am primarily a Speyside/Highlands Scotch drinker but I thought I would give this one a try to see the difference. I tried it pure at first with no dillution and could hardly stand the medicinal taste since it lingered for such a long time. It tatsted like I was sucking on a bandaid or a roll of gauze. I tried it again today with some water and the tastes were different and I welcomed the change. Nice for something different, but I think overall I'll still end up sticking with my Macallan, Glenfarclas, and Glendronach.
1st August 2012
Don't be fooled, this little beauty has a lot going for it despite its tender 10 yr age. Lots of complex vanilla, a lovely sweet smoke and grilled oranges make this one of my favourites. Who can argue for £35 for a whisky of such quality, an absolute bargain!
30th July 2012
If we were to compare Islay whiskies, I'd put this above its Laphroaig counterpart, but the Lagavulin 16 is a cut above. In an ideal world the Ardbeg would be 5-10 pounds cheaper, but it's still worth the money.
22nd June 2012
The "slightly hint" of iodine is very overwhelming and leaves a horrible aftertaste. Just think about what iodine smells like and it tastes just as it smells.
16th April 2012
19th January 2012
I have only recently started to drink and enjoy 'peaty' whiskies and Ardbeg knocks all the others I have tried into a cocked hat. By adding a teaspoon of water releases a wonderfully fragrant mix of vanilla, lemons, sea air, oak, open fires and our good friend peat. compared to other peated whiskies ardbeg 10 has a wonderfully warming slow surge of smokiness. Beautiful!
28th December 2011
The Uigeadail is, for me, the king of the Ardbeg castle, but for less than forty quid there is no better whisky than the "house" ten year old. No whisky drinker's collection should be without this whisky.
26th December 2011
I like my Islay's and this might just become my go to bottle. I enjoy it more than the Laphroaig. I'm not sure I prefer it over Bowmore's Darkest, but it's price and local availability will have me reaching for it first.
23rd December 2011
Am a fan of Islay drams.. just got a bottle of this and i am a believer! It holds an amazing balance between lagavulin and a bowmore or coal ila.. where smoke, sweetness and iodine saltiness are in balance.. it seems to do what the other try to.. really impressed.
30th November 2011
Typically I'm not an Islay drinker and have very particular tastes when it comes to this region. I'm more of a Speyside or Highlands drinker. However, for me, Ardbeg makes a fine scotch. Very mild peat taste, flavorful smoke with a surprisingly nice medicinal flavor just before a smooth sweet finish. Definitely not bad.
20th September 2011
big smoke, a lovely creamy sweetness and some lovely coffee like bitterness on the end. A Lovely entry level Ardbeg malt ( that isn't really a entry level malt at all ;] )
17th September 2011
Oh so nice I had to have another. Lovely, not to peaty and the smokeyness stayed with me for ages after I had whished it round my mouth.
2nd September 2011
I truly enjoy this scotch. Peat taste, smokey and smooth taste and is great with many cigars
12th August 2011
Fantastic Islay single malt! Smokey nose, smooth peaty notes, malty sweetness and a finish that is hard to find elsewhere. The balance is perfect and the complexity from the extra ABV is wonderful. I highly recommend it.
23rd April 2011
thgere is no going back on this one pound for pound it is simply the best.
9th March 2011
� for � simply THE BEST
If you'd like it slightly less sweet with a bit more balance and less Iodine (but just slightly less) this is the Dram for you. Not a fan of the Islay single malts but if you like them peaty with a hint of smoke this one is for you.
18th September 2010
This is my first bottle from Ardbeg. I loved it and look forward to my next bottle. A bit medicinal at times but overall a good choice.
6th September 2010
Ardbeg is not for everyone!This is the Man's Single Malt!
8th August 2010
nothing more to add than sit back relax and enjoy
16th July 2010
Don't get me wrong, a fine whisky indeed. I think when comparing to Islay's Laphroaig ten is the better value. Again, a fine tasting whisky, I have a hard time justifying the extra money when comparing to the Laphroaig.
20th May 2010
Yes it may be 'only 10 yo' but make no mistake ths is a Giant of a whisky! It is of course bottlings from the distillations of the previous owners but under the new regime it is good to see no compromise on chill-filtering. Interesting to compare this to the new Renaissance expression!
15th December 2009
The finish is absolutely amazing, leaving a subtle, cauchuck like film of a dark chocoalate taste. I normally prefer sweet sherried malts, but I made an - well justified! - exemption for that tipple.
1st October 2009