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Ardbeg 10 Year Old

Enter The Peat

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@WhiskyApostleReview by @WhiskyApostle

9th Jul 2009

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Nose: Peat, leather, caramelized plums, brine and a hint of sweet bourbon (think Basil Hayden’s more than Maker’s Mark) Palate:Lightly peated compared to some other Islays, this whiskey lets the malted barley shine through. As with other peated whiskies, there are definite notes of licorice and iodine. Finish:Despite it’s astringent mouth feel, the taste of peat and iodine stick around long after you swallow this one. A long finish is one of the trademarks of Islay malts, but this was surprising. Comments:This whisky provides a good introduction to peated single malts. It is not overly peated and offers some of the cereal notes and sweetness you get from lightly or unpeated whiskies. I expected a little bit more complexity from an unfiltered whisky though. The astringent quality and pale color are both odd for Islay whiskies. Whiskies from the Islay region tend toward a darker color and more oily mouth feel. This one is good for someone just getting into Islay malts, but I would recommend Laphroaig, Lagavulin, or Talisker (technically from Skye, not Islay, but similar taste profile) over this one.

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@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

No they don't.

3 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Interesting review... @OiJas, I'm not one to economize on words but I think you said it all.

3 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Of course, I mean to type @Oljas, but my computer thwarted me.

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