Nice stuff but nothing special in normal terms but when you consider this is only 9 years old that puts it into perspective in a positive way.
Like a farmyard, hay, manure ( a little like old Brora OB 1st-4th release) , peat, salty brine, a little honeycomb, warm biscuits fresh out the oven, but there it is the unmistakable Ardbeg sweaty cheese smell that spoils things and then it goes to sweaty socks.
Being honest the nose does improve with air and is perfectly acceptable, even to me (not an Ardbeg fan)
Shame it was going so well, never mind
Neat, it is sweet at first with a load of grapefruit, honey and then a slight salty note. My first thoughts are that at 59% this is easily drinkable.
Hints of lemon follow, it then gets ashy and the peat gets very intense with a nice sherbet fizz and hints of nectarine
With water it gets very creamy and the fruit increases on lemon sherbet.
Good length, remaining fruity and vibrant