Originally Posted by opelfruit
ah, Ardbeg 10. It's like that really old pair of jeans you own, you dont really want to be seen out in them but god almighty are they comfy - and always the go to choice when you need that feeling of the olden days.
Be careful, it'll knock your socks off. MaKe sure you're sat down when you stick your gonk into the glass if you aint used to peat.
....don't hit the Corry of Uggy yet, you wont survive the journey.
There are a lot of urban legends, and people believe them because they're too often repeated, and this is one of them, or should I say three.
There are a great many things that go awry because of faulty execution, and the wrong way to jump into the Ardbeg's is suddenly and with no preparation, but that does not mean that someone can't have Ardbeg regardless of whether they've ever had any whisky at all.
The key is not rushing into it, and following some of the points in my post above.
I can't disagree with the pair of jeans you compared Ardbeg 10 to, because it's all personal preference, but the jeans that I would compare it to would be a pair of rough and ready, but also very comfortable, reliable and durable Wranglers, which you may not want to wear all the time, but you never have to feel ashamed of.
It always gets me how people who's palate is not used to better quality malts say "Ardbeg, god thats smokey". Ha! Peaty beast it may be, but there are a million more things to it. And peat aint smoke my friend, oh no siree.
Try sweet maple and zesty citrus with willowing peatiness and oily body and a finish which makes dram-to-dram time eb out of a course of ages.
HP 12? hmmm, not going to comment. I've had a couple of bottles and a bad experience every time, but that's my tastes and maybe some bottles from a few duff batches. Generally they are considered very good. I wouldn't say "peaty" though, maybe a touch "smokey". Island is different - Carbohydrate rich peat where Islay is Lignin rich, it's a very different taste profile.
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Originally Posted by BoxcarBill
Ardbeg 10 is so much more refined than Laphroaig 10. Although not as tasty it sure makes up for it in quality.
I can't even compare the two, because when I'm in the mood for Laphroaig, it's perfect, especially if I want that signature, but if I want Ardbeg 10 then it's gotta be Ardbeg 10.