(Galileo) Galileo, (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo Figaro magnifico! Once all the confusion and marketing is stripped away, this is fantastic whisky. More than that, this is an exceptionally fine whisky and one of the best Ardbegs I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Especially for a 12 YEAR OLD! Top 5 whiskys under 12 Ive tasted!
eat and smoke, as expected with an additional over-ripened fruitiness — black plums, red grapes — and solid charred oak presence. Very intriguing nose. Takes on different personas as it opens up. Dark, leafy spice notes arrive late in the mix
Sweet and savory, salty and spicy, yet not overpowering in any of these attributes. Oven-dried seaweed chips with salt, fresh vanilla creme brûlée, hint of pipe tobacco.
With regards to the finish, the burn is outstanding. Worthy of the theme. Long and intense, yet focused and nuanced with additional sweetness and salt propelled by signature Ardbeg smoke.