Nose: Huge peat smoke and a wonderful mix of sticking plasters, lemon zest and a touch of dried apricot. A little sweet sherry lurks, with candy floss and big charred oak.
Palate: Beautifully balanced palate entry with a rich wave of peat smoke, melding beautifully with sherry and dried herbs. Quite medicinal at times, with notes of chipotle chilli, treacle and sticky toffee apples.
Finish: Smoky, smouldering finish with fresh sea air and toffee brittle. Typical Ardbeg peat.
Overall: A superbly rich, intense whisky which flaunts Ardbeg's character...