Smell: sweet smoky, spicy, honey, cinnamon, somehow Christmassy and strong, dark chocolate, camp fire smoke, because you can smell it only a whole evening.
Taste: without water, explosive on the tongue and in the nose, like a very young whisky, then warming. The whole mouth is filled with taste. You immediately taste the sweetness of chocolate and the smoke, no cold smoke as often with Caol Ila, but a warm smoke from a campfire, with a light chocolate bitterness. The spice notes that you could smell are no longer so present when tasting. With water, the explosiveness goes away, but there are no essential components added, you taste more bitter, but not too much, all embedded in sweetness and campfire smoke.
Finish: The flavors are preserved for a long time, the campfire smoke and the dark chocolate tastes even after 30 min.
Summary: Smell fantastic, taste great, but slight prints for lack of variety and complexity, such as barrel 2395, which for me is the best Ardbeg ever. No doubt but a great, intense, perfectly matured whisky, distilled in the best time of the distillery.