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DharMag February 2017 Ardbeg 10 years old single malt whiskey: review and tasting notes of a masterpiece

Ardbeg 10 years old single malt whiskey review and tasting notes & flavors Ardbeg is one of the eight distilleries still present on the island of Islay, in the northwest of Scotland. It’s one of the oldest and famous ones, which still can offer a traditional single malt whisky produced in copper stills, marked by amazing peaty suggestions.

Today we will talk about the Ardbeg 10 years single malt Scotch, symbol (best selling and revered bottle) of the distillery.

It is a full bodied whisky with plenty of character and peat nuances, sharply characterized by the influence of the sea and its breezes: in this case, like Lagavulin, Talisker and Laphroaig we can speak of a well-defined “marine terroir”.

Few are in fact the Scotch whiskeys so unmistakable recognizable. Certainly it’s not a whiskey for palates accustomed to super soft and fruity whiskeys, however its peaty appeal is declined with great elegance and naturalness, perfectly fused in an rocky alcoholic thickness.

Ok, it’s very smoky, but this smokiness is not forced or overpowering, in fact leaves ample room for an incredible and wide aromatic development, vertical, with sweet and spicy tones that caress a steady minerality.

Ardbeg 10 years and saffron cheese Piacentinu Ennese, whiskey and food pairings Sure it’s not an immediate single malt or the easiest for “readability”, the first peaty impact can frighten and sound too shady, but just give it some time and some time to your noose too. Wait 5 minutes, then let’s drop two tears of water inside the glass and smell it again.

Among the mighty Islay’s whiskeys this Ardbeg one the most complex and hazy, sometimes grumpy, but give him confidence, and will open before a poignant beauty.

Ardbeg’s ten years bouquet

It opens up all guns blazing, it shows a strong character with well-shaped, ample, but never overbearing smoky tones. Just wait a bit and you can smell a garden full of Alpine herbs, seaweed and the sharp call of the sea. Then spices like coffee, rhubarb and chocolate. Then come the sweet tones: fruit and flower are there, hidden under a dark blanket, they emerge timidly, but help to create a lively framework.

What does Ardbeg Islay single malt scotch whiskey 10 years taste like?

On the palate is deliciously salty, warm, punctuated by a peaty pace and well balanced alcohol. The fruit is like a caress, but then it’s a whirlwind of mineral and smoked flavors that dance on your tongue with great ardor. There is a calibrated hotness, with hints of citrus and brackish shades. Then comes again the darkness of the peat, but leaves the door open for cocoa and coffee memories.

Ardbeg Scotch whiskey bottle glass review bouquet and flavor, the best Scotches A grand and cheeky sip like a painting by Caravaggio, it transmits the same ecstasy, with the same play of light and shadow to emphasize all the shapes and flavors. A whisky you should try at least once in your life, even if you do not like peaty whiskey.

Ardbeg 10 years food pairings

Ardbeg 10 years whisky, bottle of whisky a desert, bast Scotch whisky It’s perfect with aged cheese, Parmigiano Pecorino, Cheddar and Piacentinu Ennese. But with dessert and chocolate too: apple crumble, ciambella, Tiramisù and chocolate salami.

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