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At first the nose is quite surprising with is dichotomous personnality. It is very Ardbeg with its big charred smoke, peat and seasalt; but the big hay, white oak, wet grass by the sea (not seaweed) and tarred hemp rope (to use the expression so well putted by @Fiberfar) is clearly Longrow in my mind. With time the Ardbeg Vanilla is showing. With more air, I have more medecinal herbs, a bit of cardamon and some french oak woodspices in the back. After half an hour, something wonderfull happened, all the flavors kind of melt together finding a good balance. I then have some white and black pepper on a more smokey typical Ardbeg nose with a more prononce than usual sour note.
The smoke is huge on the palate! The more air it got the more ashy it becomes. I love ashy whisky! The hay and hemp are there but they are integrated, though they are more defined than the fruity and sweety background. All those flavors are travelling on a continuous thread of vanilla spiced with ginger. The flavors are really expanding from the front of your mouth to your throat and up to your nose.
Wow, the finish is long, intense and offers you new flavours! The peat is just explosing becoming meaty! A classical iodine joined the smoke with some medecinal menthol and this finish last for ever.
Conclusion, on the first sip, I would have rate this scotch at 84, subtracting 2 points for his lack of balance. In about half an hour of hair, it changes a lot! I would give to the last sip a 91. It could have been close to 94 but it becomes too integrated lacking some definition and reducing the complexity. I am expecting this bottle to settle like my last sip, giving the big role to the smoke and the ash. In that way, I understand why all the people are saying that it is more of a real Ardbeg than the Uigeadail for which I find sometime that the finsh covered the best part of the whisky. The best comment I can do is that I am now craving for another pour of it. So I think I will let you go and have another taste of it just to check a few points and to...