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Ardbeg 10 Year Old

My third taste of Islay

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@ozmaltReview by @ozmalt

30th Oct 2013

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This is my first review despite 40 years of devotion to my favourite tipple. I started on blends and have matured/graduated from the sweet highlands to the caramel Kirkwall Islands and am now stumbling cheerily through Peaty Islay. I am a huge fan of Laphroaig and Lagavulin. Reviews and thoughts on these will flow later.

Ardbeg 10 is my third wonderful discovery and I was a little hesitant after reading mixed reviews but the first breath from the bottle dispelled my fears. I have a hound dog nose and could get a weekend job working with beagles at the airport so I'm told. My descriptors may differ from the more experienced reviewers on this site so here goes.

Nose - cool peat smoke like a menthol cigarette. Orange zest crushed and minced with white pepper. Taste - up front I get brined lemon and rock salt. Complexity or at the back is old blackcurrent jam and light ash. Finish - dull over ripe plums and a waft of smoke.

Batch L11 011 14.53 6ML

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6 comments

@systemdown
systemdown commented

Hi @ozmalt, a great review to start with! Nice touch including the batch number, the geeks will be very pleased =D

5 years ago 0

@ozmalt
ozmalt commented

Thanks systemdown, truth be told I have no idea what the batch number means but noticed the pros include it. It's not my favourite end of the bottle.

5 years ago 0

Lifewaterforce commented

The "cool menthol cigarette" nose note grabbed my attention, good review & a warm welcome to connosr @ozmalt

5 years ago 0

@ozmalt
ozmalt commented

Cheers Lifewaterforce, what a great site to 'crowd source' taste.

5 years ago 0

@PMessinger
PMessinger commented

First welcome second great review, hope you will have fun with us a this site, and hope you will ask questions when they come up. I love this Ardbeg 10yr I own other Ardbegs just haven't opened them yet. Thanks again. :)

5 years ago 0

@ozmalt
ozmalt commented

Thanks @PMessinger. I like the variety of comments and the range of experience on this site. Each review seems to shed new light on some of the whisky I thought I knew, which makes me curious to go and taste them again....and again....

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