August 8, 2019 - A lot of peat in the bouquet and on the palate. Smoke and medicine. Special Whisky.
November 11, 2017 - Old Chatham Scotch tasting.
The most peet laden tasting of the bunch. Its aroma. its mouthfell and its flavors sing of the peety water. Great unique flavors classic to Islay.
June 3, 2017 - Ardbeg TEN
Écosse - Islay
Une classique dans le monde de la découverte des délicieux whiskys des Islay. Si votre palais n'a pas encore eu la visite des scotchs tourbés, je vous conseille de commencer par quelque chose de moins excessif. Ardbeg c'est de l'intensité à l'état pur, une puissance légendaire qui fait trembler ses adversaires, le joueur de hockey que tous désirent. C'est dense, profond, comme un abysse insondable. C'est un tourbillon fiévreux qui vous remettra vos balises en question.
Nez: Fumé - Vanille - Tabac - Brulé
Bouche: Iode - Épices - Fumé - Café
Dégusté le 3 juin 2017 - Ardgeb Day au Corsaire de Lévis
December 11, 2016 - Beats the Jura Prophecy for a peaty malt, offering a longer finish with more bite.
October 10, 2016 - Tried it again from a particularly good bottle of a friend. Lemon/bergamotte, vanilla and peat, but a tad too sweet, clearly ex-bourbon dominated. In direct comparison actually preferred the Bowmore 12 due to its greater, sherry influenced depth.
June 17, 2015 - Pale straw color. Aroma: smoke-y, brine-y, vanilla, gunpowder, bandages, plastics; quite herbaceous and assertively medicinal . On arrival, a sharp and immediate spirit-y whiskey, straightforwardly a well-peated one. Flavor includes: vanilla, burnt wood and barley, gentian, lemon, green bell pepper, shellfish shell and salts. Outstanding stuff, on a chilly evening.
December 22, 2014 - On 12/20/2014 I am directly comparing this to the
tasting in turns as I write this.
Glass: not amber but golden (this is a + !), perhaps like a Chardonnay, as befits a 10 y.o. non-colored Whisky which I think it is.
Nose: Light and clear, citrusy and with vanilla, but somewhat shy. The Laphroaig 10 is a bit oakier, drier and has more character, fullness and weight on the nose. But here with the Ardbeg you might almost think you are smelling a grappa.
Palate: noticeable distillery-bite on the tip of the tongue initially, but then the citrus, iodine, and in the length considerable saltiness. The very ash-like peat accompanies the whole trajectory until it finally gives way to the mostly lemony sweetness.
Yes quality, but between the two, it's the Laphroaig 10.
September 19, 2014 - Ardbeg 10 year old is a very high quality single malt that I enjoyed immensely. It actually pairs well with some cheeses, shellfish, and even some desserts. The peat is upfront but the citris notes come thru too.
September 4, 2014 - Wirklich Asche vom kalten Lagerfeuer.
December 14, 2013 - I love all the Ardbegs. This one is the least complex, but is big in flavor. You really want to gulp this down. It also, like all it's siblings, is perfectly balanced. That craftsmanship is what sets Ardbeg apart from all other distilleries in Scotland.