Ardbeg 10- As our world begins the inevitable return to near ice age conditions…….seek warmth this evening. A gigantic smoky wallop is what you will get with this powerful dram from Islay. Embrace the outdoor cold and revel in the warmth of this massive dram. Pouring the rich golden liquid will immediatly fill the surrounding air with tremendous smoke and peat, nothing subtle here . Get your nose right into the glass to enjoy the full intensity of this monster. I taste the earthy goodness that the distillers infused the whisky with and possibly some dried fruit as well. All this fire and brimstone is however nicely softened by the caramel and honey notes that carry the complex flavors to a fine warm and rather lengthy finish. This is a full bodied and ultra rich malt , not for the delicate of palate . Remember the last campfire you enjoyed with friends ? This scotch will bring back that memory each time you pour a glass and warm you just as nicely, without the sooty mess on your plaid sweater! Snobbishly rated a 7.5 for most, but add a point if you are a peat lover. Three cheers for the smoke.
Ya got that right. This whiskey set off the smoke alarm at my house but that’s OK when the temperature outside freezes your words as you speak leaving them to fall and shatter ay your feet. This is a man’s Scotch so I suggest the boys at the table leave the serious minded of us to huddle round and keep warm with this bad ass. Thanks for the great write ups and Pics. Look forward to each.
January 5, 2015 at 3:32 pm
This stuff is absolutely delicious and a great value. Love this peaty beast! And once you get past the smoke, there’s a lovely sweetness to it. YUM!
January 7, 2015 at 9:28 am
Spot-on, Ken! I am still a SMS newbie and absolutely love the peaty varietals. I got a bottle of the Ardbeg 10 this evening and have to agree with your rating of 8.5. Thank you!
January 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm
Have you tried Ardbeg Uigeadail? It knocked my socks right off.
September 10, 2015 at 10:18 pm
Interesting, I will try to find it, thanks !
September 11, 2015 at 8:36 am