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ARDBEG Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 10 Year Old

I'd read a little about the Ardmore 10 and the price (right on $50) was tempting so I sprung for it.


This stuff is good.  The book gives it an 87 - and I'd say if anything it should be at least a 90,   Subtle, easy on the taste for a 46 APV, smooth in a way that a blend could never be, for the Ardbeg has complexities of flavor that even now on my unusual second glass are still coming through - and there's peat and a low fire (and its 46%) and they both are very good but not overwhelming.  If you have yet to try a single malt start with this and you'll be hooked for life.  My first was Long Morn which is fabulous and which I haven't seen for a few years now and the Long Morn was like that for me at the time - I can't wait to find it again and compare it to this Ardbeg 10.  Ardbeg has many bottlings all of which are aged longer, higher APV, and higher priced that are rated at or above the Ardbeg 10 - but dollar per taste you will not do better than this.  If you are independently wealthy ignore the 'dollar per taste' comment and do your thing. 

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch comments: 
COLOUR - Pale Gold
NOSE - Sweet with soft peat, carbolic soap, and smoked fish 
BODY - Medium, firm
PALATE - Burning peats and dried fruit, followed by malt and a touch of licorice
FINISH - Long and smokey, Fine balance of cereal sweetness, iodine and dry peat
SCORE - 87

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