Typical Ardbeg character at first contact, phenolic, earthy, chalky, but also immediately a very young, metallic note in the background. Little fruit, but strong dry, woody notes. Anise, liquorice, caraway - clearly on the bitter, spicy side. Sharp, tingling start, more or less with the same impressions as the nose, quite voluminous and classic: oak, vanilla, dry smoke, now more campfires, tar, seaweed, but a bit disappointing under-complex, very young, unripe tropical fruits, none worth mentioning Development. Very dry and tart finish, black tea, bitter herbs. One of the driest and most edgy Ardbegs so far. Unfortunately, well below expectations, a sample is definitely sufficient here. About the PLV ... well ... too expensive for me at the initial issue price, not to mention the secondary market. In a direct comparison, a Wee Beastie in a glass, which convinces me more and looks more mature, complex and dynamic despite only 5 years.