It is the most unique Ardbeg I’ve had, especially at the lower end and I think many who are intimidated by the name Ardbeg or dislike peat would avoid it and they would be making a big mistake.
It is not the best sherried whisky- by a longshot. It is not the best peated whisky- by a longshot.
But the entry level price and a mild dose of both sherry and peat make it a fantastic value at the price point, a good intro to both sherry and peat for those who are not familiar with either, and for those who are familiar with both and like a nice starter drink before moving on to something heavier in either direction.
I love the Ardbeg 10 and really anything else Ardbeg for the record, but I have met many whisky drinkers who simply will not touch a peated whisky and I think they are missing out on something very mild in the Wee Beastie that could open their minds to the higher level offerings.
All I know is Macallen 10 is where it’s at.
Picked up this barrel pick aged in ex Laphroaig barrels.
Seconded. This is the best value-for-money Japanese single malt (in Japan anyway).
I just cracked this one open tonight. Fuck!!! It’s amazing!!! Extremely smooth with a notable vanilla flavor
Brought this home yesterday.
Probably one of the most important impressive drams I’ve ever had.
Ladies gotta drink too, I guess.
It’s good but the price these days is ridiculous for what it cost 3-4 years ago.
How much did you pay out of interest?
No taxes cause Florida “back to school week” (I ain’t complaining)
Yeah it used to be less than $60 4 years ago…
You could probably find it in a 1L bottle too.
I still kick myself for not visiting the distillery… At least I have another reason to visit Aberlour again.
Love Ardbeg, can’t make a bad thing imo. A few years ago me and some other whiskey connoisseurs got together and made our own Ardbeg flute. I’ll see if I can find a picture, it was a great time
It’s amazing how Ardberg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig can taste so different… The distilleries are within walking distance from each other, they use the same water (same barley too, I believe).
Yet, “details” like the shape of the stills, the peat being hand-cut and the yeast strain can give the final product such a distinct character.
The Dalmore or highland park. Can’t go wrong.
Trying a new one tonight.
Report back please.
I’m not as into Laphroaig as many seem to be but I heard that quarter cask is good.
Recent good value (between $40 and $100) purchases I’d recommend:
Omar bourbon cask
An Cnoc Distilled 2009