Nose: Strong sweetish smoke is pouring into my nose. Unique Ardbeg ash paired with sweet caramel notes, oranges, licorice, delicate vanilla, cake dough, mint and some pine resin. Light white wine notes come through as soon as the smoke settles. I also think of wet slate. The alcohol is great involved. Over time, the sweetness in the nose becomes more intense and the smoke almost disappears. Now I also discover anise.
Taste: Wow. Violent start. The alcohol, which was barely noticeable in the nose, is right there on the tongue. It seems to me that I bit into a piece of charred wood. That may sound daunting, but that's exactly what I was hoping for. The second sip is then almost tame, but still powerful. Again there are sweet caramel and vanilla notes, pine needles, some citrus and salted butter.
Finish: Medium, smoky, tingling, sweet with a touch of spicy oak and some orange peel.
Conclusion: As I said, I have expected from the most heavily peated Ardbeg a decent punch and he definitely brings with him on the tongue. Surely this bottling is still very young. The mineral slate notes and the overall impetuous appearance are clear evidence of this. The youth is the Malt very well and I like young Islay whisky now very much. For collectors sure a bottling, which definitely has to be in the closet. For me very tasty, but rather uninteresting by the rather high price of just under 160 € with shipping.