Quite nice. Not too far from other Ardmores I’ve tried, to be honest. I do like what the Laphroaig barrel does. It’s more subtle than I expected, and I don’t think I’d mistake it for Laphroaig, but it does add that extra peaty punch. The bonito flake note on the note is interesting and quite tasty. Solid stuff. I wish I hadn’t tried a bunch of other whisky before this one, but what can you do.
Nose: Sweet and tart peat. Fresh lemon, green apples, and rice vinegar. Lots of nutty, kind of maritime notes, like seaweed and even some bonito flake. Grassy and earthy.
Palate: Medium-light texture. Sweeter lemon than on the nose, followed by a big whack of peat smoke. Lots of rich tobacco, ash, mud, and clay. A little of the notes from the Laphroaig cask do come through. I definitely got some iodine in here. There’s an almost custardy note too, egg yolks maybe?
Finish: An interesting mix of fresh, nutty, and peaty notes. More medicinal peat, coal fires, ash, some lemon and cilantro. Some baking spices appear here, as well as browned butter and fatty pork.