My Ardbeg 10 review
So I ended up fetching the Ardbeg 10 and wanted to give my general impressions of it. Once again I popped the cork, poured a dram, let it sit for 10 minutes and this is what i got.
Pale straw. I love Islay so far, so little on the surface yet so much is there waiting to dazzle.
contrary to almost everything I've heard and read about this Scotch, I pick up vanilla, sherry, and orange zest on the nose. There is the faintest amount of peat and smoke intermingling with the above 3. Very nice indeed.
A medium body with a wonderful interplay of peat, smoke, subtle sweet sherry, raisin, and orange flavor. I was expecting this to be a peat smoke monster but a monster it is not, this has a really well balanced and focused flavor profile. It's less acidic than the Caol Ila 12 and more even tempered with a lot more flavor development. It's smoother too, even though it's bottled at a higher ABV. With the tough military green box I was expecting something a bit uncouth yet massively flavorful but am pleased to find that it is complex and well mannered. I'm lucky this month!
An interesting finish, the mouth goes dry and all the flavors are left resting right in the center of the tongue while a sea-weedy/smoky finish develops. And is that mint? So much going on here, I'll have to revisit again on another day.
Once again, I thank you all for your comments and suggestions, they are much appreciated. Keep them coming!