Whisky Review 1. Ardbeg 10-year-old Scotch

Ardbeg Distillery Photo via Wikimedia

The Ardbeg Distillery is on the southern coast of the Isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

It began commercial production in 1815.

Varietal: Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Colour: Straw yellow (no coloring added)

Viscosity: Medium Plus One

Nonchilled-filtered statement

Alcohol Content:  46% ABV or 92 Proof





Nose:


Peat, campfire smoke in good balance with lime, brine, lilac, boiled ham, lemon peel, over ripe orange rind, white chocolate, fresh new car interior, fresh sea air, white pepper, white rum soaked raisins, fruit cake candies, murr incense, iodine





Taste:

This has a nice balance and coats the mouth nicely. It’s very fresh, dry, with oak, little smoke, pine resin, oily or syrupy, peat, melted tire rubber (in a good way) countered by fresh citrus, orange life savers, black licorice, sea spray. It’s a brilliant and fascinating drinking experience.

Finish:

There’s very little smoke with anise and lightly roasted almonds…a perfectly balanced, full mouthfeel with a lingering finish.


Conclusion:

The Ardbeg 10-year is a beautifully produced Scotch Whisky with ideal balance and mouth-feel. Ardbeg 10 year is very drinkable without needing additional water or decanting. This is one of the few Scotch whiskeys that I don’t add water to, even though it’s 46% ABV.

If you’ve never tried an Islay Scotch before and would like to, then you may want to start here, Ardbeg 10. At around $55 US, this is a great deal.

Drink responsibly. Cheers!

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