Review #25 | /r/Scotch Review #4 – Ardbeg 10
The Schtick: The core expression from Ardbeg.
ABV: 46% ABV
Age: 10 Years
Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)
Nose: Yep, there it is. Big smoke. Less refined than the Corry but still very smokey and peaty. It’s less overwhelming but also more smokey than peaty. I’m getting a good amount of char, maybe even a little mud. It reminds me of a good ATV ride in the backwoods – this would be an excellent camping dram. After, there’s a tiny bit of vanilla and sweetness.
Taste: There’s a ton of smoke here. Burnt marshmallow. There’s a little peat as well. I’m picking up some muted astringent plastic notes? There’s some more smoke, actually there’s just a lot of smoke. I wish I could pull more out of this but this one is proving difficult for me.
Finish: The finish is really quite long. It’s warm, and there’s more alcohol burn/tingle as opposed to the Corry but it’s not overpowered or punishing in the least. This is where I notice the smoke most – I felt like I had been standing next to a bonfire for quite sometime after I finished this dram. There’s a little more plastic but not enough to be distasteful.
Overall: Gentle, complex, nice and peaty. This smoky dram is a great value and brings a lot to the table.
1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Insurpassable | No better exists