Ardbeg 10 Year old

to peat and beyond

Reviewed by
Connosr member:

GlassBottle

Date:

14th Jan 2012

Reviewer rating:

88

About this score:

  • Nose: 22
  • Taste: 21
  • Finish: 23
  • Balance: 22

The average score for this whisky is 84.

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Tasting Notes by GlassBottle

Nose: Obviously peaty and underpinned with bonfire smoke. A depth of oil and tar with a raw grassy/hay tinge. Above this floats a nuttiness and scents of dried fruit and candied peel, maybe marmalade and vanilla. All this rambling can basically be summed up by saying that this is really complex nose.

Palate: More peat and smoke, but it refuses to overwhelm. All sorts going on here with an exciting tang, saltiness and peppery spice; good depth and complexity that keeps you coming back.

Finish: after the relative intensity of the whisky so far, the finish is a deliciously calm postlude of warming smoke. The transition from mid-palate to finish is fantastic.

Generally very good; but this whisky gets such rave reviews that maybe my expectations of it were too high and it didn't blow my socks off the way I thought it would...there are other peaty whiskies that I prefer, but this is really very good.

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Whisky details

Distillery/Brand:

Ardbeg

Bottling:

Region:

Islay

ABV:

46%

Colour:

Old Gold

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