I like it much better with plenty of water.
Haha, I'm only now seeing that it's currently trading from 340 euros. What would you get for this money for nice, high-quality whiskys...?
I don't find it bad at all, but a bit boring. I previously had an Ardbeg 8 for Discussion, which was also a tasty drinking dram (for only 70 euros), but I personally liked it better because it was cleaner. This one is very, very barrel-heavy.
The nose is heavy and syrupy. A PX barrel was clearly involved here, and at times it almost goes in the direction of a drinkable port. I have a 4cl sample and therefore give it the time and then still find smoky notes in the middle, but the sweet dates, the pickled raisins and the plum jam stand out above all.
With a lot of time and water, it finds a nice balance and also offers a pleasant fruitiness at the end.
The attack goes straight into dark-heavy PX sweetness and also has a slightly dry part. Overall, the profile is a bit too clumsy and one-sided for me.
Much more fruity with water, almost tones of a Glenallachie. Some nut. Yes, that fits after 20 minutes and diluted down to 45 percent.
A bit alcoholic and bitter at the back. Rather dry sweetness in the finish. Maximum medium finish.