Following fermentation, which lasts for 55 hours, the wash is distilled twice, first through a copper-pot wash still and then again through a copper-pot spirit still. Th...
Following fermentation, which lasts for 55 hours, the wash is distilled twice, first through a copper-pot wash still and then again through a copper-pot spirit still. The spirit still is equipped with a purifier, which acts as small condenser and causes a portion of the evaporating vapors to be pumped back into the pot and then re-distilled. This purification process, which is rare in the industry, results in whisky that has a signature fresh and malty flavor.
Once the whisky has been distilled, Ardbeg Ten Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is aged for 10 years on the weather-worn isle of Islay. While most whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 80 proof, Ardbeg Ten is non chill-filtered and bottled at 92 proof, thus retaining maximum flavor, body and depth.
Ardbeg Ten has rich aromas of ocean air, taffy and an undeniable peat smoke, which are balanced by softer elements of vanilla and lemon zest on the palate. The finish, which is mildly sweet, is nicely seasoned by malt grains, espresso and chocolate-covered almonds.
Famed whisky writer Michael Jackson called Ardbeg Ten Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, “Wonderfully distinctive.” In 2008, Jim Murray named Ardbeg Ten the World Whisky of the Year in the Whisky Bible, adding: "If perfection on the palate exists, this is it."