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Ardbeg 10 Year Old

I didn't like Islay ...up till now.

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@GeorgyReview by @Georgy

8th Jun 2016

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  • Nose
    24
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
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To be honest, I never really enjoyed big peat in my dram. I am more of a fan of Speyside type flavors. BUT...this Ardbeg 10YO really makes me reconsider my stance on Islay Whisky.

NOSE: burned wood, smoked bacon, tar with lovely undertones of malty sweetness and fruitiness. A bit of water brings out the fruitiness from underneath the blanket of peat and smoke along with herbal aromas of mint.Vanilla, hints of citrus.

TASTE: complex, moderately sweet. Oily, creamy mouthfeel with gentle peat accompanying the whole experience in a very harmonious way. Mineral. The mineral nature of this dram reminds me of San Pellegrino mineral water. At the very end of its development, the taste reminds me a lot tarragon. Really, really delicious.

FINISH: warming, mineral again, ash and peat which just won't leave you alone.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Wow. I've immensely enjoyed the complexity and the contrast between the creaminess and fruitiness and the big and bold bonfire-ishness of Ardbeg 10YO along with those delicate herbal notes..

I'm definitely trying Ardbeg Uigeadail!

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5 comments

@Nock
Nock commented

Thanks for the review! Do you happen to have the bottle code? You can find it on small etched letters on the lower back of the bottle. It will have an "L" and then a bunch of numbers. With it we can date your bottle and the batch.

3 years ago 0

@Georgy
Georgy commented

Sure thing, @Nock! L62870. Right under these numbers, there's another number: 15004604

2 years ago 0

@Nock
Nock commented

@Georgy, Thank you for taking the time to look for the numbers. It looks like you have the new bottle, and unfortunately, I really need the numbers just after L62870. It should look like 30/05/15 or something like that. It will be the day/month/and year that your bottle was filled. That way we can see which batch you are reviewing. If you don't mind looking one more time it would really be appreciated!

2 years ago 0

@Georgy
Georgy commented

=)) Ok, @Nock! 14/05/2016 (if i read it correctly -the year date is kinda badly visible). But it's the freshest batch

2 years ago 0

@Nock
Nock commented

Wonderful! And thank you! I will keep an eye out for this batch. And yes, that would put this as very recently bottled batch.

2 years ago 0

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