Ardbeg 10 Year
Single Malt — Islay, Scotland
Reviewed September 18, 2020 (edited October 27, 2020)
Alright, so after jumping head first into heavily peated single malts like Lphroaig 10, I’m finally getting to this one. I’m so excited! The nose is fairly salty, and definitely smokey and a little sweet. The peaty/smoke note is slightly medicinal/iodine, but mostly rich, charred brisket roasted over a smoldering campfire. Underneath the intense smoke you can find some vanilla and citrus. The palate is slightly silky and very smokey, like a very charred wood type of smoke and ash. There is some pear, vanilla and charred bbq brisket. The finish is long with the same charred wood smoke from the palate that lingers. There is a touch of vanilla that comes and fades quickly, with the smoke surpassing it. And then a cayenne spiciness comes out until the end. Wow, I am very impressed! I really enjoyed the Laphroaig 10 year and really enjoy this one did not disappoint. It’s hard to say which one I like better, but this one is definitely on the more savory side where the Laphroaig is a little cleaner smoke, if that makes any sense.