Dave Broom from scotchwhisky.com says:NOSE
Classic old Ardbeg, with that mix of real honeyed sweetness and a peaty aspect, which seems to be sealed in halibut oil capsules alongside moss, kelp, engine oil and eucalypt. In other words it’s phenolic, rather than smoky, and all of this is fully assimilated into an elegant, oily mass. In time, a note that brings to mind smoked mozzarella. After it has breathed for an hour, you get the blast of wide, airy spaces next to the strand – and lanolin.
The sooty element is now more apparent, alongside Bay Rum and bog myrtle, but it fluxes around the sweet core. Slightly fragile, as you might expect. With a drop of water there’s some peppermint, angelica, almond oil and pineapple.
A superlative bottling.
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Listening to Martyn Bennett.
Scores a 9.2/10