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Ardbeg Galileo, officially released approx. September 1, 2012, is a 12 yo Cask Strength whisky--understated from 50.6% ABV to 49% ABV, according to master distiller Bill Lumsden--finished in Marsala wine casks.
There is a lot of discussion as to whether these unique expressions are worthwhile additions to the distillery line, or are merely attempts to garner profits through hype and increased prices
Nose: very wine fruity, sweet, big vanilla, the usual briney, smokey, peaty, medicinal Ardbeg, with many shades of Marsala wine. Delicious
Taste: fifty shades of Marsala wine, all good. The Marsala finish is quite noticeable and very delicious. Strength of flavours is quite good, and only slightly reduced from that of some of the strongest Ardbegs. Nice malt, nice peat, nice smoke. Much to like
Finish: good lasting consistent finish
Balance: this one works. I wish Ardbeg would make this part of their standard line. I am a huge fan