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Ardbeg 10 Year Old

The best in the World?

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

15th Mar 2010

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Ardbeg hardly needs any kind of intro, but just for completeness’ sake, I’ll just say this. Ardbeg is famous for it’s very peated malts and hails from Islay. They are considered by many whisky aficionados to be among the best whiskies in the world.

This classic 10 Year Old is non chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.

While I’m still admiring the strawlike color, the scent of peat already permeates the air. It’s dominant, but after a couple of whiffs you can also discover grassy notes and burnt rubber – even a little bit of overripe banana.

Putting the Kleenex next to me for my first gulp was somewhat premature. Sure, it’s a peated dram, but it doesn’t burn. It’s very herbal and leaves you with a lingering warmth.

That warmth remains during the intense and long spicy finish.

Yes, this is classic Ardbeg and should be considered essential to every whiskylover’s cabinet.

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3 comments

@olivier
olivier commented

I think that "Best in the World" is meaningless. Most individuals would be hard-pressed to name the one single whisky that they personally prefer. So, how could one make a judgement that is meant to apply to the entire world of whisky lovers ?

9 years ago 0

@scribe
scribe commented

Heh, "bananas" has become my comedy tasting flavour. I'm sure I get it in various whiskies, but nobody believes me. Thanks for colluding ;)

9 years ago 0

@jdcook
jdcook commented

@markjedi1 - this is indeed one of the base malts that should eventually end up in anyone's collection. Cheap, good, strong, civilised.

9 years ago 0

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