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Ardbeg 10 Year Old

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@UisgebethaReview by @Uisgebetha

8th Jan 2015


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Guaranteed 10 years old seems an odd term to use for a minimum age statement, but this distillery did stand idle for a few years in the 1990’s before Glenmorangie came to the rescue which probably explains it. I first encountered this malt shortly after it’s revival in an Oddbins in Nottinghill, London. I should also have invested in the 17 year old, but alas I was a poor student back then and had other priorities so I never had the pleasure of that famous dram. The mysterious pale, almost colourless liquor, was a shock to my younger self (it didn’t look like whisky as I knew it) but I soon got over it.

There may be a tad more colour to the dram these days, but not much. The aroma is clean and smoky, with a phenolic peat smoke edge, along with some sweeter notes of vanilla and some herby heather like hints. The flavours are awesome and given time to develop reward the drinker with seemingly endless subtle complexities. Not an easy ride though as there almost as many bitter piquant notes as there are sweet mellow ones, smoke, phenolic peat, bitter coffee on one side and sandlewood, chocolate, vanillas and malt on the other and a saltyness marries the twain. The sweeter flavours dominate the long satisfying finish with more malt contribution rising in favour of the peat smoke.

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Ol_Jas commented

Yes—good, good stuff. I'm tempted to take Ralfy's advice and stock up on this while it's still very good, very affordable, and very available.

8 years ago 0

Nock commented

Do you happen to have a bottle code to add to your review? I would love to stock up on a good batch of the TEN . . . but sadly I haven't found one I thought was worth it since L11 194. I have a bottle of L12 218 that I was initially smitten with, but it doesn't stack up in comparing it with my L11 194 and @Victor's L10 152.

8 years ago 0

KMullaney commented

@OlJas: It is so cheap here in Taiwan; about US$18. If I were not moving back t the US in a year or two I would buy two or three more bottles.

8 years ago 0

Taco commented

Way back 33 years ago, this was the one that made me love single malt Scotch. Selection among single malts in my area prior were just Glenfiddich 12 and Glenlivet 12, neither of which I liked much. Chivas was what I preferred at the time. When I first tried Glenmorangie 10, I knew I'd found my "soul mate" and have bought it along with other versions since. Something about the base malt that I find pleasant and comforting, even though I also have dozens of other bottles open at any given time. Excellent as the first dram of the night to set the palate, or as a pool side drink.

8 years ago 0

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