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“I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch”- Ron Burgundy

I can’t say it better myself but I couldn’t agree with Mr.Burgundy anymore! And when it comes to scotch I love the Ardbeg 10 Year Islay, with its smoky and spicy flavors, is truly unique and offers a satisfying experience for any scotch enthusiast.

Ardbeg is a distillery located on the southern coast of the Islay region of Scotland, which has been producing some of the world’s most renowned peated single malt whiskies for over two centuries. In this review, we will take a closer look at one of their flagship products – the Ardbeg 10 year Islay – and explore its color, smell, flavor, finish, and value, as well as what makes it unique.

About Ardbeg

Ardbeg is one of the eight working distilleries on the Islay island and is known for its distinctively peaty, smoky, and robust single malt whiskies. The distillery was founded in 1815 by John MacDougall, and it remained in the MacDougall family for almost a century. The distillery faced a period of closure and reopening before Glenmorangie PLC acquired it in 1997. Ardbeg has since then become a global brand, winning numerous accolades and awards for its whiskies.

COLOR
The Ardbeg 10 year Islay has a deep golden color, which is a result of its aging in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. The hue of the whisky is a testament to the quality of the casks used and the maturation process, which imparted a range of flavors and aromas to the spirit.

SMELL The Ardbeg 10 year Islay has a complex aroma, which is a hallmark of Islay whiskies. On the nose, the whisky exudes a sweet peat, coal, and a faint floral soapy note, followed by pepper and chili. The nose is balanced by the presence of a sweet caramel and vanilla aroma, which serves to counterbalance the intensity of the smoky aroma.

Flavor

The Ardbeg 10 year Islay is a complex and bold whisky with a soft and mellow entry on the palate. The peat and spices are evident on the first sip, and they gradually give way to a balancing sweetness. The combination of flavors and textures makes the whisky a well-balanced dram. As the taste deepens, notes of brine, smooth buttermilk, ripe bananas, currants, and warm creamy cappuccino can be detected. The chewy peat oils coat the palate with an exquisite flavor that lingers long after the sip is gone.

Finish 

The finish of the Ardbeg 10 year Islay is long and warming, with the smoke and pepper lasting the longest. The tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds, and traces of soft barley and fresh pear flavors develop as the taste deepens, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

“The tarry espresso, aniseed, toasted almonds, and traces of soft barley and fresh pear flavors develop as the taste deepens”

Value

Typically around $50-$60 a bottle, the Ardbeg 10 year Islay offers excellent value for money. At its price point, it offers a complex and bold whisky that rivals other more expensive Islay whiskies. It is an excellent choice for whisky enthusiasts looking for a well-balanced Islay whisky that offers exceptional value for money.

What Makes the Ardbeg 10 year Islay Unique

The Ardbeg 10 year Islay is unique in many ways. Firstly, it is one of the few single malt whiskies that is non-chill filtered, meaning that it retains all of its natural flavors and aromas. Secondly, it is peated to an extremely high level, which gives it its signature smoky and robust flavor. Thirdly, it is matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, which

Conclusion & Final Thoughts

The Ardbeg 10 year Islay is a truly exceptional whisky that I thoroughly enjoyed. Its unique combination of peat smoke, sweetness, and spicy notes create an explosion of flavors that is unmatched by any other whisky I have tried. The long and warming finish left a pleasant aftertaste that lingered in my mouth, making me want another sip. As someone who appreciates a good Islay whisky, I would definitely recommend this dram to my friends who enjoy bold and complex flavors. The Ardbeg 10 year Islay is not only a great introduction to Islay whisky but also an excellent representation of what makes it so special. It is truly a gem of a whisky that deserves a place in every whisky lover’s collection.