Ardbeg 10 Year old
to peat and beyond
14th Jan 2012
Best price to buy online:
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.