Average Ardbeg quality. I would have preferred this in cask strength. The aromas coming from the red wine casks are not well integrated. The red wine and the whisky do not harmonize.
Mild, sweet and peaty with moderate intensity.
The peat is delicate and a little zesty, as I remember it from older Ardbeg bottlings.
After some time in the glass the red wine aroma from the cask becomes obvious.
Smooth and fruity mouthfeel that becomes peaty and smoky when swallowed. Pepper and camphor, black tea and a lot of red wine in the background.
Dry. spicy and slightly bitter with notes of tar, ashes, camphor, oak and red wine.
Some liquorice in the aftertaste.