Ardbeg Scorch 51.7%
Ardbeg’s (almost) trademark iodine peat and engine oil. Baklava, vanilla fairy cakes, strawberry laces, kiwi skin, balsamic vinegar. 100% liquorice, dried black tea leaves.
Briny, earthy peat upfront. Fisherman’s friends, Battenberg cakes, ham hock, squid ink, calamari rings, underripe plums. There’s a prominent, dry wood here too.
Classic Ardbeg. Thick, oily heaven with a pleasant level of spice.
Steam train soot, white flour, aniseed, powdered yellow mustard, citrulline malate, toasted pine nuts.
Have to say, I’m much more impressed with this than I have been with other recent Ardbeg “special” releases. First off, regardless of what weird or whacky thing they’ve done to their whisky, it’s actually a decent dram. It is unequivocally Ardbeg with a twist, rather than being totally overridden by the cask (Blaaack) or just boring (Arrrrrrrdbeg) with a reasonable number of vowels and consonants to boot. Age wise, I wouldn’t put this any older than 12 and it’s likely closer to 10, similar to most of these releases. The balance between peat and sweet it wonderful and this is definitely a great little drinker. Good stuff!