Nose is comparatively light for a whisky of this type. Iodine. Palate of nice smoke and peat. Sweetness emerges in the finish. Smooth. B+
Retaste June 2010: This is a very elegant and light bodied Ardbeg, still has lots of spicy sugary peat without being oily. Sparkly is the work that comes to mind. Ardbeg 1977, the sparkly Ardbeg. (Yeah, no marketing job for me). Upgraded to A-
Nose is very trademark Ardbeg with sweet smoke and peat. Palate starts with the smoke, which yields to sweetness and wine. A standard Ardbeg is a very good Ardbeg and I'll rate it as such, but it doesn't particularly stand out from what is a very good pack in a way that would justify the price.