Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Earthy with barnyard, straw and smoke aromas. Salty and spicy on the palate with generous amounts of smokey peat. The texture is leathery, nicely complimenting the honeyed smokiness that lasts on and on in the mouth. (Apr 2014)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points - A beautiful light, straw yellow hue in the glass with bold smoky aromas giving way to orange zest, white flower, vanilla and fresh cinnamon. In the mouth it is bold with an astonishing balance of smoke, honey, orange and vanilla. A constant give and take of these flavors leads to an elegant finish marked by hints of smoke and vanilla. (Mar 2013)
Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance.
Typically most whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 40% ABV. Ardbeg Ten Years Old, however, is non chill-filtered and has a strength of 46% ABV, thus retaining maximum flavour, at the same time giving more body and added depth. Itís whisky with none of the goodness taken out!
|Ardbeg has been voted the best Whisky in the world; 3 years in a row. And in the world of Ardbeg, peat is important. For it is this soggy, unassuming matter which gives Ardbeg its famous flavour.
Ardbeg is the PEATIEST and SMOKIEST of all the Islay malts, yet has a fruity floral sweetness and complexity to the spirit.