Glass; Classic Malt
Colour; Pale gold, quite
Some alcohol burn (well it is 58%), lots of Atlantic air and a
generous hint of peat.
Palate: Solid mouth-feel,
rich peat and hints of the Atlantic, but it still has
over-riding alcohol and needs water.
3 drops of water: The nose is much lighter and fresher. The
palate is smoother but with a little more spicy peat and the
beginnings of fruit development.
3 more drops: More fruit (apple & star fruit) on the nose.
The palate is sweeter, but still with a good mixture of apple
Finish; Long, slightly sweet and lots of fruity peat.
Overall Impression: When
an undetermined Islay (IB) comes onto the market there is always
much discussion as to which distillery it is from. The label
says only 10y Single Malt Islay whisky at cask strength (58%).
The concensus of opinion says it's an Ardbeg but when I first
nosed this one my immediate thought was Caol Ila. This thought
soon changed to Ardbeg when I tasted it as it really has the
typical characteristics of Ardbeg, but in my opinion of the
Pre-Glenmorangie Ardbegs as the newer variants have much more
eucalyptus and pine than this one. But that's just my opinion.
Is it any good? You bet it is, a typically good 10y CS
Ardbeg which needs some water and it will reward accordingly.