Nose: High pitched citrus, chocolate, hazelnut, brine, fish oil, black licorice. All very light, bright, sharp, high-pitched, and astringent (in a good way).
Palate: Intense honey, spices, tar, industrial peat, earth, honey-mustard, black licorice, bright, light citrus,
Finish: Long and big. Bright, light honey, industrial peat, lavender, chili, earth, parmesan cheese, gentle floral notes, hazelnut, and a somewhat “fermented” note.
Thoughts: Crisp and clean. This has many of the typical Ardbeg flavours you’d expect. Still somehow bright and refreshing, despite the power and abv. It’s not as heavy or severe as the Corryvrecken. Of course at 60%, it’s no delicate flower either. There is a certain fermented note / cheesiness which is distinctive. But as much as I want the obscure flavours to shine, it’s the classic Ardbeg profile that I’m most captivated by. The peat here is large and in charge. Very potent, very clear. Certainly there are more complex Ardbegs than this, but few can match this one’s vividness and intensity. Delicious.