The Scotch gets its name from the nearby Kildalton Cross which, at 1,200 years of age, is said to be an Islay icon. Non-chill filtered, created “from a range of different ages and styles of Ardbeg matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks” that, taste wise, brought together the “powerful flavour of coal tar soap with the softness of sweet, sweet barley malt.”
n: great! Salt, smoke, dark fruit full of salted plums (like ume) with a white frosting sweetness. Very maritime and briney.
t: salt, dill brine, with some typical Ardbeg pitch tar & BBQ, but thin in the mouthfeel and fades to smoked paper. It's very light and I am surprised that this is 46%; feels like less than 40% at best. Match smoke, light cream and movie popcorn butter. Fruity vanilla and apricots with a slight dusting of cocoa in middle. Floral and soft sweetness in a new leather finish. [B-/C+]