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Ardbeg 10 Year Old

L12 bottle code

0 188

tReview by @thewhiskydoctor

19th Jun 2014

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    21
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    88

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My first taste of an Ardbeg, one of the peatiest Islay malts.

­Nose – Peat smoke, tar and creosote, fresh pears and pear drops, then a hint of menthol and lots of creamy, buttery vanilla icing and some sharp, sweet lemon citrus. With water a hint of sea salt and fresh, damp pine forest. ­ Palate – Initial attack of peat, bonfire smoke and lots of sweet coal tar along with a vegetal earthiness. Then light but intense fruity flavours of fresh pear, apple juice, sharp citrus lemon, creamy milk in the background, with hints of pepper and allspice, with the a big hit of leafy, herbal peat returning at the back of the mouth with some salt. Oily mouth-feel. ­ Finish – Mellow, vegetal peat smoke and sweet tar, and a touch of saltiness. Tobacco, warming spices, black coffee, along with dry fennel and liquorice at the end, forming a long, slightly bitter finish.

Different from other peaty malts I've tried, a complex combination of light fruity flavours and heavy peaty, tarry smoke. Lovely complex flavours throughout nose, palate and finish and certainly recommendable.

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1 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

You can't beat this one in the peated bang for your buck category. This is the one that turned me onto peat about 10 years ago. Nice review @thewhiskydoctor, I think you are probably hooked.

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