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So much character! I can almost taste it before I even poor a dram. I was almost hesitant on trying this as I thought Ardbeg was going to be the peak of standard Islay malt. I was wrong, you can taste so much of what is described by the makers of what is a simple whisky made from all that is Islay.
Nose: For me; its not the smokey, peaty character that grabs my attention. Its the brine, almost as if your smelling the sea spray off the coast on a damp cold windy day. The smoke from a fire trying to keep flame in the harsh weather, The light almost butterscotch sweetness that fills your nostrils. Not overpowering at all and you can really take it in.
Taste: Dry, pungent salty caramel in soot. Very earthy, Very smooth but bitter, not overly, but enough.
Complexity: Fairly simple, not very complex at all. But you know what your getting and I think it was made for just that.
Finish: It begs you for another taste as it lightly lingers on the back of your tongue. Soon your dram is gone and you can help but to fill it back up and reacquaint yourself with another nose of a magnificent Whisky!