N: Farmy, wet dog, rich peat, lots of iodine, a little gunpowder, then some ripe berries, blueberries, black licorice, a whiff of sulfur. P: Lovely peat, citrus, very rich and mouth coating, the sugar is heavy on the tongue. Wow. Immensely drinkable and delicious. F: Peppery, lemon and orange, then very medicinal on the finish. No oak even detectable!
Retaste June 2010: Still a big fan, very big for 40% abv. I noted camphor and motor oil in the nose. The rest of my notes were oddly profane and I won't repeat them here, but the gist was that I liked the "dirtiness" of the malt.
Nose of sweet sherry with subtle smoke. On the palate you get hit first with sherry and grapes, almost syrupy with light peat, then peat on the finish. A good solid Ardbeg but another I wish were higher abv.