Smell: salt, gum, cold smoke, grapefruit, anise, licorice
Taste: very alcoholic warm onset, smoke, anise and liquorice are present immediately, especially the anise note is very pronounced and intense. In the finish, the substance becomes more fruity, grapefruit and lemon, but also the aniseed notes, which are dominant throughout all phases.
With water, the whisky does not get better, the smoke comes to the fore and hides some other flavors, the balance is not right.
Verdict: the whisky has good facilities, an oily pleasant consistency in the mouth and well-balanced flavors in the full proof variety.
Overall, I am of the opinion that it is an average good Ardbeg this age, the generally very high rated grades over 90P, I can not understand, however, the price is in my opinion too high, there are of Cadenhead and DL Ardbegs same age which are equal or higher value and are traded cheaper.