So... Ardbeg 25.
I am almost famos for my ardbeg hatred and my whisky groups slowly mocked me for not having a foundation to hate ardbeg any more (I have some history and gifted an Ardbeg 17 to a good friend as a revenge for gifting me something special).
As we could score one bottle for the initial sale point we shared samples and I bought 2cl of this 25y thing.
Nose: yep, that is neat. You can smell some kind of "richness". Its age, the Ardbeg style of peat... the burnt pineapple.
Mouth: Oh, neat, Ardbeg 10
Finish: Oh neat, the Ardbeg 10 finish.
I used way more curse words in our whisky group to describe my emotions.
So everything aside: why does it still score a 84?
The nose is very noble and I was really "shocked" after the first sniff (because it was amazing!)
Spend as much time nosing this thing as you can.
So, Ardbeg 10, solid 8/10 for me... scale to 100 and add something because of the amazing nose -> 84 for me.
I feared I have to reavaluate everything I know about the Ardbeg of the recent 3-5 years.
Bottle design and feel is really something for the collector... it states "hey, I was expensive".
And - damn - it was.
In this price range are so many bottles ( even secondary market prices compared to the initial 750 ) that this suffers in every way possible against those bottles..