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Ardbeg 10

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  • Distiller:

    Ardbeg

  • Bottler:

    Ardbeg

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    10 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 100
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Ardbeg 10 Years Old is on the short list of whiskies I would personally recommend for stocking a home bar — any home bar.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: The month is not over but Ardbeg 10 will possibly be March’s bang-for-your-buck bottling. Because in my little tasting book, Ardbeg 10 is simply back to…
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  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: I would drink this both neat, as well as use it in cocktails. Don’t let the color deceive you, it is a lot more complex than it lets on. Ardbeg really set a high standard with this as their flagship Single Malt!
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Beautifully balanced despite the heavy peat influence, it remains one of the most essential Islay whiskies — and an essential whisky that is required drinking for anyone who wants to form a base understanding of single malts.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: ...please, if you haven't already, dive head first into this dram. We live once.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: The Ardbeg 10 year is a good solid Islay whisky that is a reliably tasty treat. It’s relatively cheap and enjoyable; has a nice smoky, buttery, salty and fruity nose; a tasty, albeit slightly flat, flavor and a finish that lingers warmly.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Gentle, complex, nice and peaty. This smoky dram is a great value and brings a lot to the table.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: The palate yields full-on hot peat, pipe tobacco, black coffee, licorice, and more chocolate.
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  • Intro:

    The core expression from Ardbeg.

  • Nose:

    Yep, there it is. Big smoke. Less refined than the Corry but still very smokey and peaty. Its less overwhelming but also more smokey than peaty. Im getting a good amount of char, maybe even a little mud. It reminds me of a good ATV ride in the backwoods - this would be an excellent camping dram. After, theres a tiny bit of vanilla and sweetness.

  • Taste:

    Theres a ton of smoke here. Burnt marshmallow. Theres a little peat as well. Im picking up some muted astringent plastic notes? Theres some more smoke, actually theres just a lot of smoke. I wish I could pull more out of this but this one is proving difficult for me.

  • Finish:

    The finish is really quite long. Its warm, and theres more alcohol burn/tingle as opposed to the Corry but its not overpowered or punishing in the least. This is where I notice the smoke most - I felt like I had been standing next to a bonfire for quite sometime after I finished this dram. Theres a little more plastic but not enough to be distasteful.

  • Overall:

    Gentle, complex, nice and peaty. This smoky dram is a great value and brings a lot to the table.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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