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Ardbeg 10 characteristics comparison

Postby titus » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:30 am

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish to discover a malt that is closest in flavour characteristics to the Ardbeg 10 line, that is not an Ardbeg production.

Could it be that nothing comes even remotely close to this beauty of a drop?

Many thanks,

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Re: Ardbeg 10 characteristics comparison

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:21 pm

titus wrote:Could it be that nothing comes even remotely close to this beauty of a drop?

It DOES represent a unique flavour profile, to be sure. And it IS difficult for me to think offhand of another malt that offers a similar range of fragrances, tastes and textural qualities.

That said, I WOULD recommend the 12-year old cask-strength release(s) of Lagavulin as a worthy alternative. Perhaps more of a pineapple aspect (rather than citrus) lurking beneath the smokiness here. And yet there's also a clean, almost refreshing element that makes one come back for a second pour. Very good Lagavulin by any standard.
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Re: Ardbeg 10 characteristics comparison

Postby bredman » Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:40 pm

Generally people look to Caol Ila for a more affordable alternative to Ardbeg. There are plenty of Caol Ilas about, so get stuck in.
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Re: Ardbeg 10 characteristics comparison

Postby The Third Dram » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:57 pm

bredman wrote:...Caol Ila...

If you're going that route, might I suggest you look for the Cask Strength?

It positively 'sizzles'!
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Re: Ardbeg 10 characteristics comparison

Postby Ganga » Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:49 am

Young Port Ellen :lol:

Really, I find that each of the Islay distilleries have things in common and places where they depart from each other. The fruits that I find in Ardbeg bear some resemblance to Laphroaig and Caol Ila however, Ardbeg has this big oiliness to it. Some of the Port Ellen releases have featured this as well. Think fishing harbor (or harbour if you prefer). Lagavulin does have an oiliness but I don't get that diesel oil that I find in Ardbeg.

I would say enjoy the others for what they are rather than trying to make them Ardbeg.
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