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Ardbeg 10 Year Old

L13 003 09:21 6ML

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@NockReview by @Nock

7th Sep 2013


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  • Finish
  • Balance
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Nose: Peat, lime, cream and vanilla. The vanilla suggests a vatting of very fresh ex-bourbon casks (in this case from Jack Daniels). The citrus is stronger and more astringent then what I consider typical Ardbeg. I would say more on the lime side then the lemon side of things. And there is this soft creaminess to the nose as opposed to the dark bog you can often get. The peat is much more in the background covered up by the citrus and vanilla. Smoke is creeping out around the edges. I know after some time this will get smokier. Sweet vanilla and lime cream with smoke and salted capers. Strong sweetness from the vanilla is almost a high tenor in tone.
Water really dampens the vanilla and brings up the peat smoke. Still plenty strong. Decent standard Ardbeg nose with peat smoke and citrus. Nothing deep, mind blowing, or amazing.

Taste: Nice creamy vanilla and lime mixed with peat; now some smoke and capers are coming out. An alder plank smoked trout with caper berries! A little more rounded then I like my Ardbeg TEN.

Finish: Nice Ardbeg intake of breath . . . here comes the wave of sea salt and peat. Medium to medium low wave. Not the big Uigeadail, Corry, or Supernova tidal wave I have come to love. A decent finish all things told. Nothing overwhelming; but still Ardbegy. The creamy lime really leaves a mark. Not my favorite “new” Ardbeg tone.

Complexity, Balance: Decent balance for the 10yo. Not the most complex by any means, but about what you would expect from a standard 10yo. The problem is I have come to expect WAY more from Ardbeg then this is showing.

Aesthetic experience: Very light straw color. I love the label, the shape, the color of the bottle, the ABV, the ncf, and the traditional “A."

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Victor commented

OK! The @Nock Ardbeg multiple batch reviews have begun. Bravo!...and thanks. There is nothing like having diligent and detailed reports from such an ardent lover of this distillery. Not that you are alone in loving Ardbeg whisky, of course.

10 years ago 0

Nock commented

@Victor - Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. It is going to be a slow trickle over the next month. But, at least it is a start.

10 years ago 0

Nock commented

So I have tasted this batch a few more times since I posted this review . . . and it has gone down hill. My last score was an 80! I have adjusted the score to take my entire experience of this bottle into consideration. My highest score was a 90 but the majority of the scores ended up in the mid 80s. This is without question my least favorite Ardbeg TEN batch . . . that I have tried to date.

9 years ago 0

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