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Ardbeg 10 Year Old

The perfect entry level Islay

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@szilaReview by @szila

12th Dec 2014


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This is my favourite entry Level bottle. The heavy peat and fresh citrus hits all the right spots.

Nose: Very thick, clean and aromatic. Deep campfire smoke, wood, brine, peat, tar and petroleum. On the sweeter side some licourice, lemon, sweet bacon. Just delightful.

Palate: Oily mouth-feel. Starts a bit funky, with lemon juice. Sweet ash, burnt toast, salty and smoky. Not as balanced as the nose.

Finish: Long, meat, malt, warming earthy peat and chocolate. Soapy licorice, salt.

The funky lemon-peat game was weird at first, but definitely a grower. As the 50ml finished, I was desperately in love. The cleanliness and lots of other notes remind me of Caol Ila, but with considerably more peat. It is kind of paradoxical: not complex but rich - simple but satisfying.

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