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It felt to me a little bit that Ardbeg was starting to run away with itself a little bit...hard being a fan of whisky when your favourite distiller releases twenty-five million different bottles (approx.).
This cask strength is good work though.
NOSE: I reckon it zesty rather than lemony and i get something burnt at distance, coal and wood both. It has absolutely not a drop of give. Vapour for days. Very good nose.
MOUTH: More fire upfront, coal rather than peat by my reckoning, a drop of well behaved smoke, with the breath that passes, too. Pepper a little oil, and then the coal and peat come rolling back. Smooth, and as with the nose, there is no give. A spicy, firey invasion of the mouth just as it invaded the nose before. It goes on and on. Burnt, savage.
AFTER: Drys - too much for me. Pepper, and ashes cleaved by spices. The dry aside it's a fantastic experience.
This is overpriced - but as the man wants say, if they want to rob me like this long may it continue.