This smells like sherry but CTU says bourbon, not sure to be honest but t is dark for a bourbon cask and noses like there is sherry in there so need to check that.
Unfortunately my nose is not the greatest these days.
This Ardbeg is more mineral and earthy than a straight peater, there are hints of dark orange breakfast marmalade but more the rind than the conserve, there is obviously peat in there but there is a fair amount of stewed fruit which adds to the balance. I also detect charcoal.
This is a really good nose, the slight orange note really elevates this one.
The peat is massive and in your face with , like the nose suggested, a mineral note.
If you add a few drops of water, the edge it taken off the peat initially but don`t be fooled because it returns with a vengeance, mixing with brine, a little lemon and lots of white pepper, the problem is here that the fruit is subdued, this is a straight peater, a one trick pony if you will but there is no denying the quality of the maturation on show here
As long as you would expect from something this old.