Scotch - Single Malt

Ardbeg 10yr Ultimate Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Islay, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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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.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2005

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2011

Proof66 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.

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    This bottle has 18 ratings and 17 reviews.
    Frode Frode (3) (2016-08-23)
    Thick. Lots of smoke, lots of peat. Slightly astringent.
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    Review Comments
    Slàinte Mhath (2016-08-21):
    Hvis du skriver på engelsk er det mye enklere for oss å forstå hva du mener :)

    Frode (2016-08-23):
    Sorry. Currently testing out several tools. Thought I wrote a personal tasting note.

    Slàinte Mhath Slàinte Mhath (36) (2016-08-06)
    Ardbeg seems to be 'the new Macallan' - being highly collectible, heavily marketed and increasingly expensive due to its popularity. Nevertheless, it's a cracking good peat smoke bomb from Islay with consistently high quality. On the nose, Ardbeg 10 is uniquely intense with phenolic peat smoke, salty seaweed and an underlying sweetness. The arrival is big, bolt and in your face! Intense peatiness hides sweet and spicy notes in the background, leading to a long, substantial and slightly dry finish. A stand-out malt, with a little bit too much fancy marketing. RATING: 4.0/5.0
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    Rolugomi Rolugomi (34) (2016-06-12)
    Nose is oily and peaty with a dash of fruit. On the palate there is sweet smoke, oil, peat, something fruity, and some ocean. Finish is long, peaty, and warning. Surprisingly smooth and leaves you wanting more. Does not need water. Good price for the quality
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    Vossmeister Vossmeister (52) (2016-06-12)
    A whisky everybody needs in their bar cabinet
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    lorax735 lorax735 (42) (2016-02-19)
    Love the Ardbeg scotch branding. Bottles, labels and presentation. This is my first Ardbeg and I really enjoyed it. I am a big peat fan and this really hit the spot. Strong and robust. Take you time and really enjoy how this sits in your mouth. Lingers on the palate for a really long time well after the drink and into the night. Good price point. Agree with Muncher regarding Laphroaig 10 yr comparison. Would love to try some other Ardbeg offering but feel over inflated prices are a big problem for non-age statement blends.
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    Review Comments
    Slàinte Mhath (2016-05-03):
    I agree. There are way too many overprized and heavily marketed NAS-Ardbegs. Uigeadail is worth a try, but the rest of it is far too expensive.

    Jamesthebrit Jamesthebrit (17) (2014-12-30)
    Super smokey on the nose. Peat is present but not overpowering. Color was strange. Very light yellow. Body was very light making this a great whiskey to drink straight. The smokiness could be played on to make a really cool cocktail but I didn't try. The downfall of this whiskey is its light body and heavy smoke character. The balance just didn't seem right. Easy drinking (for better or worse given the price) so I'll bump it from a 3 to a 4. Worth seeking out another bottle.
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    Slàinte Mhath (2016-05-03):
    The color of Ardbeg is 'just' a light yellow because it's not being colored with E150a. Certainly an improvement, if you prefere authentic whisky.

    Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-12-13)
    I think antiquecollector's review is great; he just doesn't seem to enjoy the experience as much as me. It's the manliest whisk(e)y I've had. No sweetness; just peaty smoke, iodine, sea spray, char, and an incredible earthy quality. I enjoy the Laphroaig 10 a little more, but it's really close. Can't go wrong with either though the Laphroaig tends to be a few bucks cheaper.
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    scalihan scalihan (40) (2014-11-26)
    Decent Islay. Good. Not great
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    mynoseknows mynoseknows (33) (2014-09-25)
    Peat Peat and more peat. An acquired taste that you will either love or not. I love it because it is so authentically Scotch from Islay.
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    antiquecollector antiquecollector (28) (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 StanMemTn (101) (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 magezi (55) (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 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 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 degbert (147) (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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    scohar70 scohar70 (2) (2011-08-24)
    My favorite Islay Scotch
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    TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (110) (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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