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A review for Ardbegs 2013 official special edition. Thankfully I was able to find one before they sold out.
Nose: Oily, tar and coal smoke notes, a saltiness carried on a sea breeze, maybe a hint of green olive, citrus peel oils (lemon and orange), ginger bread, a hind of nuttiness, becomes sweeter over time with slight hints of golden syrup.
Nose with Water: Becomes sharper, more ginger an malt notes, maybe a hint of cumin spice, slightly more citrus peel, buttery cooked vanilla.
Palate: Very oily, some fruit (Mellon, lemon zest, white grape peels), the peat is every gentle and soot like and the smoke is smooth, some hints of nuttiness (hassle and almonds), a nice saltiness, some dissertation spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of clove), a nice drying in the mouth sensation.
Palate with Water: very similar but lighter, becomes more creamy.
Finish: mouth begins to salivate after drying, a nice slight saltiness, soft smoke, hints of dessert spices, some brown burnt sugar.
I found this quite a soft Ardbeg in a way, while cask strength there wasn't any kind of overpowering notes or sensations. Extremely smooth for a cask strength Islay whisky.