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!
|Exceptional balance and depth. The aroma is a seductivemix of toffee and chocolate sweetness, cinnamon spice and medicinal phenols. Fresh citrus and floral notes of white wine are evident as are melon, pear drops. An initial moderate and clean sweetness is followed by deep peat notes with tobacco smoke and strong espresso coffee, which gives way to sweetness and licorice. A smoky sweetness is left on the palate, with a crushed peat and sweet malted cereal character.
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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.