Re: Ardbeg 10: new vs. old
Thanks to Keith, who gave me a sample of the new Tenlast week, so I could compare them on friday, the New Ten vs older Ten (L7=bottled 2007).
Well it took more than an hour, but in the end I can tell, I rated the new one a little higher because of its nose. ItÂ´s a bit more "ardbeggy", a little stronger or a little more powerful, the L7 is a little softer, but smoother too and closer to the mainsteam.
The palate of the L7 is a bit more influenced by the bourboncask, so itÂ´s a bit smoother, with more vanilla and a little more sweetness, tariness and some wood, which I didnÂ´t find in the new one. The new is a little stronger and a little more harsh, with less fruitiness, but with more power and presence. The lasting of the L7 is a bit smoother too and a bit alcoholic, the new one lasts a little longer.
In taste and lasting I didnÂ´t make a difference in rating them, though there are more or less clear differences, but I like both rather well.
The only diffenence i rating I made was in the nose, so the the new one got one point more .....
So, IÂ´d say the L7 and the New are almost the same, but I know that L6 and earlier where even smoother and less powerful than the L7. So according to your likings you can store some bottles of the old ten, but itÂ´s not really necessary.