Friday, January 18, 2008

Ardbeg 10 review

One of my favorites. Extremely peaty, but it lacks that phenolic, medicine-like taste of the Laphroaig 10. To me, that's a plus. I smell some salt, and ocean air. When I first sipped it, it appeared to have a high alcohol content. The scotch appeared to melt in my mouth. The alcohol content is 46%, not significantly higher than most scotches, bottled at 40% or 43%. The body is sweet, with more peat and charcoal, without Laphroaig's iodine-like flavor. Delicious. It is clearly a bold Islay scotch, but without the brash character of the Laphroaig 10.

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