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Ardbeg 10 Year Old

My First Islay

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@TheNordinReview by @TheNordin

30th May 2011


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At a whisky tasting at my friend's home, I tasted the Bowmore Surf and Enigma. I couldn't stand the smokey taste of them. When I read the Bowmore reviews, I knew I had to learn to appreciate the Islay taste and I decided to buy a bottle of Ardbeg.

After the first 3 drams, I was surprised by the explosion of taste and the balance of the Ardbeg.

Nose: Lots of smoke here. I took me a while to discover the hint of lemon coming through.

Taste: The taste is the complete opposite of the nose; Strong citrus, salt, some sweet vanilla and little smoke.

Finish: A nice, very long finish. The smoke returns here accompanied by anise.

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mattberg commented

This is a fabulous 10yo and very hard to beat... looking forward to next winter

8 years ago 0

TheNordin commented

I also like it this summer. The citrus works just fine on a warm summer evening!

8 years ago 0

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