Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance.
Typically most whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 40% ABV. Ardbeg Ten Years Old, however, is non chill-filtered and has a strength of 46% ABV, thus retaining maximum flavour, at the same time giving more body and added depth. Itís whisky with none of the goodness taken out!
|Ardbeg has been voted the best Whisky in the world; 3 years in a row. And in the world of Ardbeg, peat is important. For it is this soggy, unassuming matter which gives Ardbeg its famous flavour.
Ardbeg is the PEATIEST and SMOKIEST of all the Islay malts, yet has a fruity floral sweetness and complexity to the spirit.
Whiskey Advocate 92 points - Classic ‘southern shores’ Islay from the onset: salty and medicinal on the nose, with smoked haddock, citrus fruits, and milk chocolate. The palate yields full-on hot peat, pipe tobacco, black coffee, licorice, and more chocolate. The finish is long and malty, with sweet smoke. Non-chill filtered.
Reviewed by: Gavin Smith (Fall 2018) (Oct 2018)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - This Islay single malt has a straw hue and saline, seaweed and peat aromas underpinned by light vanilla and coconut. The palate is distinctly smoky, and has a mouthwatering saline quality, with a pepper and jalapeno finish. Faint vanilla and pineapple notes play underneath. Keep a light hand on the water, this washes out easily. (Dec 2017)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - This single malt scotch is starkly peaty on the nose, opening on the palate to reveal impressive layers of flavor shrouded in a cloud of smoke. Roasted nuts, eucalyptus, and honey, come to shine over a refreshingly light body. Pleasantly palatable for peaty.
-2019 Ultimate Spirits Challenge (Excellent, Highly Recommended) (Great Value)