N: Briny and peaty, the familiar Ardbeg nose, but with a layer of white wine and marshmallows. P: A bit watery feeling when first hits the tongue, but then gains some grip. Peat and lemon. F: Long and dry. I had high hopes for this, but nothing real special here. I'll take an Ardbeg 10 please! The watery mouth feel brings this one down to a B-.
There are two aspects here: One is mildly sweet and pleasing, medium-light-bodied, with smokey hints. The second is drying, bitter, and kind of stale. That quickly becomes the predominant aspect, resulting in a whisky that's somewhat like bitter, very dark, unsweetened chocolate with traces of saltwater. Drinkable but not much to love.