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The best 10 years old malt

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Best ten years old

Glenmorangie 10
8
8%
Macallan 10
2
2%
Balvenie Founder´s Reserve
0
No votes
Talisker 10
15
16%
Ardbeg 10
39
41%
Laphroaig 10
23
24%
Glenfarclas 10
0
No votes
Springbank 10
2
2%
Other
6
6%
 
Total votes : 95

The best 10 years old malt

Postby Lugarteniente » Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:41 pm

Best 10 years old malt? :D
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Postby Lugarteniente » Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:44 pm

If you choose the laphroaig 10, tell us if it is the CS version :lol:
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Postby jeffk » Thu Nov 17, 2005 5:45 pm

So far in my limited experience, I chose Ardbeg as the best 10 year.

I had hopes that Talisker would be right up there too, but when I had a dram of Talisker the other night, I was left unimpressed.

I'm also not as impressed with Laphroaig 10 as I thought I would be, however it's still not bad for sure, especially at the price.

I'm sure open to other 10's that are worth trying though :)
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Postby bamber » Thu Nov 17, 2005 6:57 pm

No need to ask the audience :)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Nov 17, 2005 10:46 pm

I don't think the result here will be surprising. Lots of folks here think Ardbeg 10 is one of the top standard-issue malts available, period.
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Postby nicholtl » Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:55 pm

WOW! I'm the ONLY person who voted for Laphroaig 10???
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Postby Eric in ABQ » Fri Nov 18, 2005 12:26 am

I think we may just need to retire Ardbeg from these polls..........

For what it's worth, I voted for Talisker, but that's no slight on Ardbeg, I just happen to really like Talisker.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:09 am

Nor is my vote for Ardbeg a slight on Talisker. Or Laphroaig. (Some folks need to calm down just a little! :wink: )
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Postby Eric in ABQ » Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:22 am

Oh, I meant that good naturedly. I believe Ardbeg has more than earned it's acclaim.
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Postby Admiral » Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:53 am

I voted for the Laphroaig 10, but I did deliberate somewhat. My vote almost went to the Glenfarclas! :)

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Postby Scooby » Fri Nov 18, 2005 3:08 am

Tough choice, but I have to go with Laphroaig, although Ardbeg does put a smile on my face.
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Postby MGillespie » Fri Nov 18, 2005 3:14 am

Same here...but I could be just as happy with a dram of Glenfarclas 10 or Ardbeg 10...

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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Nov 18, 2005 4:11 am

Eric in ABQ wrote:Oh, I meant that good naturedly. I believe Ardbeg has more than earned it's acclaim.


I was talking about nicholtl (whose lone and emphatic vote for Laphroaig has been quintupled since), but you can calm down too, if you like! 8)
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Postby The Dazzler » Fri Nov 18, 2005 5:26 am

Laphroaig for me! at this age it is better though Ardbeg, again for me, produces better whiskies at older ages.

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Postby Lawrence » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:09 am

Laphroaig 10. What more can I say???
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Postby nicholtl » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:27 am

Yay Laphroiag!!!

(have you guys tried their new Quarter Cask yet? oh my god...it's amazing)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Nov 18, 2005 10:07 am

I voted Glenmorangie. For my money, it's the best 10yo on the list by quite a stretch. Although I love Ardbeg 1977 and have loved some IBs, I find the 10yo rather disappointing, thin and lacking complexity. Could it be that they went through a purple patch in the 1970s and have now changed their method of production?
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Postby Nock » Fri Nov 18, 2005 12:25 pm

I voted for Laphroaig 10yo
with the understanding that it is the Cask Strength version :wink:

If we were just talking the standard 10yo (43%)
then I would prefer the Ardbeg

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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:35 pm

Nock wrote:I voted for Laphroaig 10yo
with the understanding that it is the Cask Strength version :wink:


Well, that ain't hardly fair. Everything else on the list is a standard-strength bottling. Now we find one voting category is for two different things.
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Postby JWFokker » Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:03 am

I should reserve judgement until I receive my Ardbeg 10 order in a couple days. It and Springbank are the two I have yet to try. Hopefully Ardbeg will live up to the hype.
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Postby Frodo » Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:33 am

I'm actually quite suprised that Springbank didn't get more acclaim. I'm not overwelmed by the dram - especially not the 10yr old, but lots of folks on these pages have sung the praises of this distillery.

My fingers voted too fast. Ardbeg was the obvious choice, but if I had to do it again (divorced from value), maybe I'd chose Longrow if chosing between bottles without paying!
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Postby Nock » Sat Nov 19, 2005 10:24 am

You are right MrTattieHeid
it is not fair

However, Lugarteniente (who began this little pole)
seems to indicate that it was acceptable in his second post :?
so long as you indicate it (which I did :wink: )

But I must agree with you it was unfair of me
and I would not have thought of it
unless the idea had not first been placed in my mind :P

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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:36 am

:wink: It's okay, Nock--I really don't take these polls very seriously, anyway!
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Postby nicholtl » Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:54 am

I find my life such an ironic, cruel twist of fate as I've tried almost every scotch available in America and NOT Arderg 10 (or ANY Ardberg for that matter), simply because I've not seen ONE liquor store or ONE restaurant that carried it. To add insult to injurt, this whisky is one of the most popular single malts on this here forum.

Cruel, cruel world.

I'm a little weirded-out by buying whisky online, so...
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Postby MGillespie » Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:16 pm

Check with Wine and Liquor Depot in Van Nuys...818-996-1414.

It's on the Malt Advocate 200+ list, and if it doesn't have Ardbeg 10, I'd be amazed...

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Postby nicholtl » Sun Nov 20, 2005 7:04 pm

Thank you, Mark. I shall check it out soon.
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Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Nov 20, 2005 7:44 pm

Tho my vote goes naturally to the Big TEN , i was thinking how my vote would have changed in this range since i started drinking malts in 1984 . At the start The Macallan 10yo would have had it , then from the late 80's till 1998 the Laphroaig 10yo would have been top dog . But from 98 till the release of the TEN the Bowmore 10yo would have got it .Funny how tastes change especially when a malt gets dumbed down ........ :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Postby JWFokker » Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:17 am

nicholtl wrote:I find my life such an ironic, cruel twist of fate as I've tried almost every scotch available in America and NOT Arderg 10 (or ANY Ardberg for that matter), simply because I've not seen ONE liquor store or ONE restaurant that carried it. To add insult to injurt, this whisky is one of the most popular single malts on this here forum.

Cruel, cruel world.

I'm a little weirded-out by buying whisky online, so...


I just ordered Ardbeg 10 from Vintage Internet Wine and Spirits, and they have a store a few hours north of where you are, in Mill Valley just north of San Francisco. So if you're up that way, they do stock it.
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Postby nicholtl » Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:47 am

If it arrives in good condition and as if you bought it from a store, then I'll trust it and buy a bottle off that sight too. Please do let me know when you get it?

Oh, and how much does a bottle of Ardberg 10 run for, anyway?
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Postby jeffk » Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:22 am

Try Bevmo.com - they stock it, and probably have one within a few miles of your house..or they'll ship it to you. They're very reliable.
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Postby JWFokker » Mon Nov 21, 2005 4:25 am

From Internet Wine and Spirits, it's $42.99. BevMo wants $46.99 for it. I'm not sure what shipping would be for you. It may turn out that BevMo has cheaper shipping, I don't know.

I've ordered from IWS before and though shipping is slow to NY unless I want to pay a fortune, everything is well packaged and was just as good as if I bought it from the local shop. Most online stores don't ship to NY unless they're in NY, which does limit my selection. I wanted to order from BevMo before, because they do have good prices on SOME of their whiskies, they don't ship to NY so I had to look around.

Here's the links, btw:
http://www.vintagewines.biz/indivprod.c ... N=47185935
http://www.bevmo.com/productinfo.asp?ar ... 426&bhcp=1
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Postby nicholtl » Mon Nov 21, 2005 10:02 pm

Oooh, thank you for the info... Yeah, the liquor store I frequent here in LA is BevMo, but they don't stock nearly what they feature on their website.

I think I may just pick up a bottle or Arberg 10, along with a Laphroaig 10 CS, 15, maybe a Glenfarclas 15 and Balvenie 15 while I'm at it... And heck, a Glenlivet 15 and Benriach 12 too...

Can anyone say kid in a candy store??
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Postby arnehd » Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:54 pm

Not having that much experience , I would go with an Ardbeg and the Laphroaig CS. These I just don't want to miss. I know that there are more , but I just haven't found em yet!
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Postby JWFokker » Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:58 am

Perhaps I just need to get more familiar with the Ardbeg 10 I purchased recently, but after a few drams of it, I'm not amazed by it like many seem to be. It's certainly worlds better than the heinously bad Bowmore 12 I had the misfortune of consuming, but maybe I'm just not an Islay fan. My vote goes to Talisker. It's still No. 1 in my book.
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Postby Badmonkey » Fri Nov 25, 2005 5:15 am

I voted Ardbeg. I'm not nearly as enamored by the new Talisker 10 as with the old one, which would have received my vote. I love Laphroaig, and the Cask Strength editiion is first-class through and through. It's tough to choose between them.
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