Nose: Quite simple: perfect. The smoke is dry, something akin to the ash from a cold peat fire; there are hints, though no more, of fruit, possibly sherry.
There are hints, though no more, of slightly overdone roasted potato. There are hints, though no more, of coffee-stained old Demerara rum. There are hints, though no more, of sweet grist falling from the mill.
Palate: From the utter silky brilliance of the delivery to the multi-layered middle this simply oozes complexity, and on a level only a handful of distilleries in the world can ever dream of reaching; a molecule or two of over enthusiastic oak takes this away from a full mark.
Finish: Some serious caramel from the cask, and a fruity follow through, perhaps robs the whisky of some of its intricate notes, but again Iam being ultra picky.
An unusual oiliness for Ardbeg, though only slight, helps further the finale and encourages some mocha to develop.
(Tasting Notes by Jim Murray, Whisky Bible 2011.)
|Country of Origin||Scotland|
|Style||Single Malt Scotch|
|Flavour||Smoky & Fruity|