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How can something be so good, yet so bad for you? Ardbeg 10 year old captures the true essence of whisky for you. Like many of the Ardbeg range, it gives you feelings of pure enjoyment in a tough palate. It's your real life Devil's Advocate.
Ardbeg 10 is like John Milton a.k.a the Beelsebub, played by Al Pacino. Giving you all you want but wanting something in return. And every time I drink Ardbeg 10, I don't mind giving something away. Whether it's my liver or my brain cells, just be my guest, take it!
I'd say that these two have similarities in acknowledgment too. Devil's Advocate got 7.4/10 pts in the Internet Movie Database, which is a good score in there. But I'd still say that it's not generally so highly appreciated. Ardbeg 10 got Jim Murray's 'Whisky of the Year' award in 2008 but based on reviews and my whisky friends thoughts, it's not as popular as some of the other Ardbegs.
Only thing that separates these two is that while The Devil's Advocate plot needed some heavy thinking, Ardbeg 10 is not that complex. It's a straight whisky, though it balances well between sweet and smoke. Just like Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) balances between bad and good.
Nose: Starts with a touch of vanilla which introduces you to strong and heavy peat with citrus salt.
Taste: Just a great balance of sweetness and smoke. Vanilla is mixed with lemon and followed by heavy smoke.
Finish: Sea salted smoke with hints of caramel. And did I say it's long? Yes, loooong.
Balance: This is one of the best balanced whiskies I've tasted.