Nose: Really thick and rich. There’s an incredible amount going on, all of which is underpinned by this meaty, BBQ smoke. There’s some of the Ardbeg citrus, but mostly you’re greeted with aromas of tar, black treacle, smoked prune juice and sweet sherry.
Palate: An explosion floods over the palate, and it gives up intense notes of prunes, tangy plums, warm pastries and thick smoke. Hints of burnt sugar too, with just a little citric tanginess late palate.
Finish: Very long, and big on sherry. It has a perfect balance of wood smoke and sweet, over-ripe grapes, with a tinge of drying oak on the tail.
Overall: Absolutely staggering. One of the best Ardbegs we’ve ever tasted, and by proxy, one of the best whiskies we’ve ever had!