Speechless for a sec...wow...I need another Bottle .initial impressions: Very settled and round appears older than 13y..needs a lot of time few drops of water for the nose to fully open up. Watermelon in the nose??
Nose: Coastal( wet wood, seabreaze), great chimney smoke..some phenolic smoke, tar, liquorice, slight vanilla...oranges, watermelon...smoked cheese.. after first sip more sweetness Blütenhonig imo..later more herbal ( oregano, Thyme) 93
mouth: Oily, full bodied..white salted liquorice , smoked orangedrops, smoked mango...honey... glazed bbq... orange cest, slight vanilla, slight anis ....chalky..salty... Later more sour fruits..maracuja... red Apples..not too forgt the slight iodine and heavy smoke sorry but it's so settled an balanced :) / not mentioning alcohol.. integrated to perfection 95
F: looooong...Orange cest, getting oak very dry ( Ginger, maybe white pepper)...Herbs pop in ( anis)...eycalyptus .. accompanied by smoke an ash.very late some (like minutes later) cinnamon pops up it doesnt seem to end..93
Lovely great different my cup of tea.. it's not the most complex whisky of course.. to me just what an islay dram should be like....btw I don't like liquorice in any other way..you have to like the dry notes of course the ..I do...a dream of a dram!!
.... at this moment i cant imagine a dram this style to be any better...the finish and develoment is fantastic...a great swimmer (not that you need water but i like more it with some drops More fruit / neat very hard to sense... Don't see fruit impressions in other reviews... but it's there and it's lovely ;)
just to get it in the right order I'm a peathead: AB 10 is a straight 90 in my book - I also love CaOl Ila and the other Islay distillerie would not care if it was anything else..I will on the other hand never understand the hype around most of those beloved and soo 'complex' old sherry casks they are just do replaceable on my tongue....head to head with 3 Other ABs one Laga and a Bowie it is most likely AB on my tongue and nose - of course you don't know for sure if it's just an extremely ardbeggy Bowie or whatever..
it's not cheap but initial offer at 95 for 13 yrs high strength Single cask ( is it cask strength - not sure as the label doesn't state anything) south Islay.. I' ve seen them for mid hundreds or even around 300 with the Name on it ( s. NSS Ardbeg 12 refill and that was 3 years ago)..and in the same
time around April 2021 Elixir offers 0,5 NAS blend for 79 EUR...you be the judge in the end...