This is a review of the regular Perpetuum expression (not the Committee release) Ardbeg produced to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the distillery in 2015. According to the distillery this was matured in both ex-bourbon barrels and ex-sherry casks.
The nose starts with flavours of porridge and malted barley, followed by a touch of cardboard. Later on, notes of smoked ham and ginger develop. Quite ashy, too, and well balanced overall.
The palate is medium-bodied, oily and spicy. The smoke has now become tarry and comes together with flavours of brine, lemons, vanilla and a hint of green apples.
The finish is rather long, with notes of butter cookies, lemons, brine, salt, and smoke.
Perpetuum is not my favourite Ardbeg expression but it is not bad either. A very decent whisky in my view, with a nice panoply of flavours and well balanced.