The Ardbeg 10 Year Old is the big and untamed Islay single malt whisky. The makers at Ardbeg pride themselves on producing the peatiest, smokiest of all the Islay malts, while all the while ensuring that the 10 Year Old still offers a distinctively complex and fruity, floral sweetness. Noted whisky writer Jim Murray is convinced, claiming that if perfection on the palate exists, this is it. Indeed, Ardbeg has been rewarded for its unique flavour, having been voted the best whisky in the world, three years running!
Aromas of intense smoky fruit and chocolate escapes into the atmosphere, before bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke. As always with Ardbeg Whiskies, the 10 Year Old has an oceanic minerality, bringing in a breath of cool, briny sea spray on chalky cliffs. Toasted vanilla and sizzling cinnamon simmer in the background with warm hazelnut and almond toffee. And then there's the taste... tangy lemon and lime juice, black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee, followed by a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currant. Smoky, warm creamy cappuccino and toasted marshmallows along with liquorice root and tarry smoke. With a finish that goes on and on, you begin to see why this perfectly balanced single malt is regarded as the world's most complex - and one of the best.
97 Points Scottish Single Malt - Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018
Silver Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017
Silver Medal Islay Single Malt 8-12YO - International Spirits Challenge 2017
"More complex, citrus-led and sophisticated than recent bottling's, though the peat is no less but now simply displayed in an even greater elegance; a beautiful sea salt strain to this; gentle oils carry on them a lemon-lime edge, sweetened by barley and a weak solution of golden syrup; the peat is omnipotent, turning up in every crevice and wave, yet never one once overstepping its boundary; stunningly clean, the oak offers not a bitter trace but rather a vanilla and butterscotch edge to the barley. Again the smoke wafts around in a manner unique in the world of whisky when it comes to sheer elan and adroitness; like when you usually come across something that goes down so beautifully and with such a nimble touch and disarming allure, just close your eyes and enjoy..." - Jim Murray
Tasting Note: Tangy lemon and lime juice to begin, then black pepper pops with sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee, followed by a wave of brine infused with smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas and currant.