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Ardbeg 10 vs Lagavulin 8: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Ardbeg 10 vs Lagavulin 8 in this head to head comparison and decide which Single Malt is better for You!

Ardbeg 10

  • Nose: Rich in smoke, ash, coal, caramel and spice.
  • Palate: Smoke, tobacco, coffee and bacon.
  • Finish: Looong, caramel, smoke.

Nose is full of smoke, ash and coal but mellows out into a rich caramel scent as you let it develop in the glass.

On the palate, this malt provides a thick creamy body. Flavor brings a blast of smoke, along notes of tobacco, espresso coffee and a meaty bacon note.

Everything is nicely balanced against caramel notes making it remarkably good.

The finish is long and warming, with smoke, sweet caramel and a dash of black pepper.

Ardbeg 10 is a whisky made for seasoned peat and smoke lovers.

This whisky is complex and delicioussmooth and well-rounded, rich in caramel and smoke, along mineral and sweet notes. This is one of the best malts for smoke enthusiasts.

Few whiskies are as full and rich in peat and smoke than the Ardbeg. If you are new to this type of whisky you might find it overwhelming hence don’t expect to like it as much as I do on the first date.

Whiskies of this type are an acquired taste that demand practice to be fully enjoyed. Once you come to terms with it you will find a hard time enjoying traditional Scotch whiskies.

If you feel overwhelmed by the Ardbeg add a few drops of water releasing sweet and floral notes making it easier to drink.

I’ve included the Ardbeg among the best 10 year whiskeys which you should consult to consider further options.

Learn how it compares to the Laphroaig 10!

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Ardbeg:

  • Bottled at 92 proof (46% ABV).

  • Aged for 10 years in bourbon barrels.

  • Ardbeg was founded in 1815 and produced in the Scottish island of Islay (pronounced “ai-luh”).

  • Won Gold medal in the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

  • Jim Murray Whisky Bible: 2008 World Whisky of the Year.

  • Ardbeg does not add caramel-coloring to the whisky.

  • This whisky was not chill-filtered.

Lagavulin 8

  • Nose: Popcorn, roasted nuts, wood, burnt sugar.
  • Palate: Smoke, oak, caramel, herrings.
  • Finish: Rich in delicious smoke, ash, apples, almonds.

The nose is high on smoke, with a hint that reminds of popcorn, roasted nuts, oak and burnt sugar.

The palate offers a nice creamy feel making it chewy. Flavor is strong on the smoke, but once you get through that initial layer of smoke there is rich caramel sweetness, along a note that brings herrings.

The finish is long, pleasantly warm, bringing more smoke, along cigar ash, along apple and almond.

This malt is incredibly well balanced. Strong smoky notes but enough caramel to make it sweet and supremely rewarding.

This is a rich, complex and flavorful whisky that displays some of the mineral notes characteristic of Islay whiskies, along sweetness behind a thick layer of smoke.

Drink it neat and if you find it too smoky tune it down with a splash of water, just a few drops are enough to tame this single malt Scotch … a bit.

Lagavulin 8 was introduced in 2016 to celebrate the distillery’s 200th anniversary, success was such that it became a regular in the Lagavulin lineup.

Definitely not the easiest whisky as it demands a persistent drinker to go through a brick of smoke.

Learn how it compares to the Lagavulin 16!

There are a few facts worth knowing about this Scotch:

  • Bottled at 96 proof (48% ABV).

  • Aged for 8 years in ex-bourbon barrels.

  • Double gold medal at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

  • Double gold medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

  • Lagavulin is part of Diageo’s extensive portfolio that includes other 200 brands.

Ardbeg 10 vs Lagavulin 8: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Ardbeg 10$62
Lagavulin 8$67

Ardbeg 10 vs Lagavulin 8: Which is better?

Equally good and high in smoke

WhiskeyArdbeg 10Lagavulin 8
  • This is one of the very few instances in which I consider two whiskies to be equally good.

  • The Lagavulin 8 is a bit smokier as it has a shorter maturation length but are high in smoke.

  • These whiskies are smoky monsters that will challenge you with an initial brick of smoke and peat ad later reward you with beautiful sweetness.

  • Both offer unique notes such as Ardbeg’s typical bacon note or Lagavulin’s herrings note making them quite tasty.

Ardbeg and Lagavulin are whiskies that belong to the cabinet of a true whisky aficionado.

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