Scotch - Single Malt

Ardbeg 10yr Ultimate Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    475 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    3.9 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $57
    Proof
    92.0

Rating Description

Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.

Notes

The Ardbeg 10yr is the first "non chill-filtered" whisky in the range; as such, it is "as good as straight from the cask."

The 2011 Wine Enthusiast review cautioned (redundantly) "for peat lovers only."

Ardbeg Distillery claims heritage back to the 18th century where it arose as the self-proclaimed "greatest distillery on earth" out of the fog of "raiding Norsemen" and "illicit" taxes. Its present version is credited to the MacDougall family who officially established the distillery in 1815. The family sold it off in 1959. Today, there is an Ardbeg Committee that meets and oversees the craftsmanship of the scotch to ensure future generations of its quality. Ardbeg styles itself as the "ultimate single Islay scotch." They also claim to be the "most peaty malt whisky in the world." This is a good or bad thing depending upon your tastes. The distillery was acquired by Moet Hennessy via Glenmorangie in 1997.
antiquecollector (27)(2013-10-23)
My first peaty scotch and I just don't know what to make of it. I get smoke, iodine, charcoal, burnt tire rubber, burnt seaweed, and more smoke. It reminds me of being at a demolition derby or a race track with multiple cars on fire and smoke everywhere. 10 minutes later and I can still taste it. You know when you spend the night next to a camp fire and your clothes smells like smoke the next day? That's what Ardbeg does to my mouth. What an interesting drink.
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StanMemTn (81)(2012-09-12)
My first taste of Islay.  I was a bit apprehensive upon nosing this whisky.  Upon drinking though, I felt like I was experiencing some sort of sleight of hand, er, tongue.  This spirit became a thick velvet fog on the tongue and palate; I couldn't stop at one!
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magezi (56)(2012-03-08)
Smoky beast. First time I tasted this, I thought I'm drinking liquid tobacco. So much smoke! There's also citrusy sharpness present. It's not heavy kind of whisky, quite thin body. But it's nature is strong. Real masterpiece if you like Islays!
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Pavlos (6)(2012-02-09)
This is a fabulous dram, don't get me wrong, but it lacks the stature of the Oogie or the 'Gator. But I guess most malts pale in comparison to them.  I would put it at par with  Lagavulin 16yo.
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TocinoDeCamello (1)(2012-01-12)
3 years ago when I first started drinking scotch, I picked this up and didn't like it. But it did bewilder me with an earthy flavor that was difficult to describe, amidst the intense bitterness and smokiness.  I remembered this flavor and sought out another bottle on a cold winter morning. The winds of change had both excitement and sadness swirling around me in strong gusts. I then remembered that perplexing flavor and thought it may fit the occasion.  It was then that I understood what that flavor is. And how to describe it. It is the flavor of life itself. 
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degbert (131)(2011-12-23)
Ah, Ardbeg. Nose like a first aid kit, front of the mouth taste like you licked the back garden. On the finish, it's big, flaming, and sweet -- kind of like Miss Bunny if she was a Scotch whisky. If you like the dirty ones, this one's a four or five star.
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Alchemist (50)(2011-09-20)
Nose is spicy and smoky. Body arrives with a rich creamy blast of peaty smoke. It then develops a very peppery and bitter flavour which frankly is not pleasant. The finish is admittedly long but is again dominated by that bitter peppery taste. Seriously, this is so bitter that any other flavours are lost and that's after leaving it to open up for a good 15 minutes! This is as rough as old boots in my opinion!
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scohar70 (2)(2011-08-24)
My favorite Islay Scotch
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TheSippingLife (111)(2011-03-22)
Ardbeg has a reputation of being over-hyped, and one of the first marks many newer whisky enthusiasts seek out in order to add some credibility to their cabinet. Whatever the case, I found this one to be quite tasty over conversation at a Christmas party. Its lighter and smoother than I expected, and just all around good. I recommend this Ardbeg if you e looking for something beyond the usual 12 years from Glenfiddich, Macallan, or Glenlivet.
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