Nose-Quintessential Ardbeg notes – Campfire, burning leaves, burning wood. Silky smell. Very syrupy and concentrated smell like a reduced sugar smell. Some dark chocolate, raw cacao, herbal notes, liquorice, Tarragon, some sarsaparilla and subtle white pepper. Very nice nose. Wet leather and bourbon barrel influence with Vanilla and coconut. The smoke subsides a bit with water making way for more fruit. Sickly sweetness comes through more with water like creamy sickly sweetness. Super complex on the nose.
Palate-A robust whisky. The peat is surprisingly prominent for a 19 year old. Well integrated peat profile, fruity notes, damp leather, damp cloth, firewood shed smell. Fungal and earthiness, savoury with a blue cheese funk. Grapefruit pith, citrus. Very complex! Dutch liquorice. Leaf litter too.
Finish-The finish is long. There is a heat to it on the finish like a Jalapeno pepper. Pine resin, oily as a hipsters beard! The oil lingers, the smoke lingers, everything lingers. This is not something you rush. It is big, powerful and a mouthful.