“ Brand: Ardbeg Distillery / Type: Whisky „
Ardbeg is a whiskey i'd wanted to try for a long time, after having some 'ardbeg' flavoured chocolates I went out in search of this delicious smokey islay whiskey (and i'm a big fan of those smokey ones). I found ardbeg, quite quickly as it's well stocked in most places and it's very easy to see with it's green bottle and white on black logo- it stands out but i'm not sure I like the look of it. There is very little colour to the whiskey, my friend, a true whiskey buff told me why that was but it went in one ear and out the other (something to do with fire?). I wanted to love it, but just couldn't, I liked laphroig but this one was just too medicinal for my taste. I liked the peaty/smokiness but I found laphroig to be a better whiskey. Some of the reviews i've read on here tell tales of it being the 'best whiskey every made' so it's a highly personal opinion and I advice you to try it yourself- but if you can try a sample bottle or a measure first as it's a bit of a marmite whiskey.
I have been drinking whisky for a while now and have managed to amass a healthy little collection of differant malts. I enjoy tasting the variations for region to region, it was the easy going speyside's that first got my attention and got me drinking their fine malts, then i discovered the islay's! i started off with a bottle of lagavulin which i found a huge shock to my palate, i wasn't expecting such a huge hit of the medicinal TCP flavour. Next i tried a laughroaig which i found very rough with the same flavours going on as the lagavulin but in a less refined form. i must admit i was struggling with these peaty islay's i wasn't sure if they where for me, i was all but ready to give up on them for good... then i recieved a bottle of Ardbeg 10yo as a gift. this whisky was simply devine, the heavy peat was perfectly balanced in a huge rich complex assult on my taste buds, there where sweet hints of caramel, a deep heavy smokeyness and about a hundred other flavours that i would find nearly impossable to list for you. it sounds like it should be a confusing muddle from what i've said but it's not it works in an amazing way. it is very well balanced and the peat even though it is still a huge and overpowering flavour works incredibly well. every time i drink a glass of this i always seem to find another flavour in there and its always a pleasure. if i could only drink one whisky again for the rest of my life it would be ardbeg! do yourself a favour if you want to try a peaty monster and experience a flavour explosion like no other get a bottle of this!
Ardbeg 10 years old is a Single Islay Malt Scotchish Whisky and as such has the distinctive peaty taste that accomplines most Islay malts and this is one of my personal favorites. As the description of this product tells you, it is a special bottling for the Ardbeg distillery as it is the only non-chill filtered whisky in the Ardbeg range. This sounds very exciting, but I had no idea what that meant, so I did a little research. I still have to admit that the actual process still eludes me, however, the reason to chill filter a whisky is to maintain consistency across a distillation run, that is, each bottle will taste the same. I have found that this method was implimented when the whisky industry was a little more hap-hazard than it is today. So what that means with this whisky is that the drink that you have in your bottle is almost straight from the cask, which means you are getting a very original taste. The first thing that I would have to talk about is the smell. Well coming straight from the cask almost does make a difference. Don't be expecting a subtle whisky hit from this one, Ardbeg 10 is very much in your face. This fact hits you from your first sniff with this whiskey being once of the most noticable peaty aromas of any whisky I have had. Saying that there is a good balance to the smell an underlying sweetness reminiscent of caramel of toffee. There is also a smokeyness to this whisky, which is perhaps the smell that lingers the longest, imagine a dying open fire, and you wouldn't be that far away from the smell. So what about the taste? Sitting on the tongue, you get the initial feeling of smoothness, however, that is soon replaced by once again the strong peat and almost an espresso kick to accompany that. The fire is also definately there, but it is tempered by the sweetness thats rounds out the taste very nicely. This whiskey also has an excellent finish. It is almost as if it realizes that it has just smacked you round the face and eases that with a long and smokey, almost comfoting finish. You feel happy to hold this in your hand, knowing that the next sip means all this is going to happen again. According to my local whisky shop, Ardbeg 10 is one of the most popular whiskies that they sell, and it is easy to see why. If you are new to single malts, and in particular single Islay malts then this might be the wrong whisky to begin your journey with. However, if you like your Islay, and if you like a strong peat whisky, and if your happy to be slapped around a little (that is meant in a positive way, I promise) by your whiskey, then I think that this is the drink for you. Look out for the distinctive green and black packaging that imitates the green bottle with black label inside and pick up an excellent whisky. On the Ardbeg website (www.ardbeg.com) this is available for £31.99, which I think is a little overpriced. Alternatively, you can buy this is Sainbury's for £28.99. Or if you get friendly with your local whisky shop, he might just do you a deal, like he did for me, where I got it for £24.99.
Well this has to be my favorite Whisky of all time. Have tried the 17 year which is amazing but for value I suppose this one is the better choice for most. Ardbeg is one of the famous Islay single malt whiskys. This whisky is revered around the world as the most balanced Islay malt It s also the peatiest yet has a complex character and an appealing sweetness. This is such a smooth drinnk and I often find adding just a tiny dash of water until it turns cloudy, often enhances the rich flavors! I have always liked peaty whisky and this one is probably one of the peatiest I have ever tasted. I also like the box it comes in, and the bottle itself is my favorite. Always looks good if it has a thin covering of dust on it! I know this doesnt exactly enhance the flavor but its just another reason why Ardbeg is such a great whisky! Have a glass!
Where to start with this complicated little beauty then? It won't really rip your head off..honest.. There are whiskies and then there are whiskies. Highland, lowland, island, grains, blends, malts, the huge Speyside region of Scotland producing the bulk of what I used to regard as the best?until I tasted this one?Ardbeg 10 year old. Possibly, not only by my definition, the best malt whisky ever produced, certainly one of the most distinctive, powerfully flavoured and one which went out of production in 1981 (horror!) only to be thankfully revived in 1997(phew). Islay Of all the whiskies of the world, the Islay malts are so distinctive, that no one who has tasted one could ever fail to identify it again. There is nothing to compare, love it or hate it, and many do, as the first taste can be ?interesting? to say the least. They are considered (by those who know) to be the finest malts on the planet and amongst them, Ardbeg is held to be King, and my wife just happened to pick one up for me on my birthday. Lucky boy! Ardbeg This Islay (pronounced Eyelah) distillery was built in 1815, alongside the sea, not just close by, but actually alongside. The rooms where the spirit is stored are part of the harbour wall itself so that only stonework separates the resting barrels from the Atlantic, how do they sleep at night? Very well if they have a dram before turning in! This is the first product from the distillery not to be chill filtered, giving it more body. It?s so oily it clings to the glass and the slight impurities mean there are subtle variations between batches and an extra 6% alcohol over the normal 40, which is always nice?it?s out of the cask, into the bottle and into your glass! More distilleries are leaving out the filtering process these days in the recognition th at people prefer character to sterility. Not for the faint of heart, this is a complex and powerful malt with peat, smoke, sweetness, chocolate (yes you heard right) salt and seaweed. Sounds bloody awful eh? Well I do know people who would agree with you but I wouldn?t be one of them. It smells wonderful and with just a splash of water added the flavours seem to march across your tongue in the same order with each mouthful. The first is an overpowering smokiness, odd in the sense that you can?t really smell this, followed by peat (from the waters of Loch Uigeadail which supplies the distillery) next, salty, medicinal seaweed (referred to as phenols by people who know more about this than me?and possibly by chemists) and finally, chocolate sweetness, a real treat before bed! Well? If you are new to malt whisky, Ardbeg really isn?t for you and I can?t say whether I?d have enjoyed it myself when I first began drinking malts. I know people who have tried it as a first malt and been seriously put off. The lighter flavours of the highland malts, much easier on the palate would be a better place to start although for me they seem fairly tame now, (lots of practice?) shame I have a dozen bottles or so to get through eh? I do know now that will always be an Ardbeg in my collection! How they get all those flavours in there I have no idea and I don?t suppose they?d let on if I asked so I?ll just content myself that the distillery is back on a firm footing and that supplies won?t be drying up any time soon! TFR Chris PS Morrisons are selling it at £20 at the moment, usually £25ish if you fancy trying it out for yourself. If you really hate it e-mail me for my address..... ;-)
If you think that all whisky is the same, do yourself a favour and try a bottle of this wonderfully snappy Islay single malt. At last, it's becoming widely available in supermarkets, after being a wel-kept secret for many years. The makers make big claims for it, describing it as "...the best whisky in the world" - but they might just have a point. If you like your whisky soft and mellow, you should buy something else, but if you're already a fan of peaty malts like Laphroaig or Lagavulin, or simply want to try something more complex and challenging, you won't be disappointed. It's stronger than most malts, bottled at 46%, and I'd recommend you start off by adding a little water to it, just to bring out the flavour and take off some of the alcohol burn. It's not the cheapest bottle on the supermarket shelf, but not over-priced in the context of the single malt market - and you'll be getting what I think is one of the finest drinks in the world for your money. Slainte!
Ardbeg Ten Years Old is a very special bottling for the Ardbeg distillery as it is the only non-chill filtered whisky in the Ardbeg range