This is the Ardbeg committee release from 2012 which consists of married ex-sherry casks that were previously used to mature Uigedail. It’s bottled at 56.7% ABV.
Nose: Strong peat with very strong fresh earth notes along with dried tobacco, campfire smoke, and brine.
Palate: Very strong peat again with cloves and pepper, straw, charcoal, and burnt leaves.
Finish: Anise mixed with peat and antique oak with chalky, subtle sherry notes.
Rating: 85/100 – A fairly standard Ardbeg for me. From memory, I don’t recall this standing out too much from the Corryvreckan or Uigedail. The sherry involvement is barely noticeable.
Value for the money: These are going for around €220 at auction recently, and it’s an easy pass for me at that price. Just buy an Uigedail instead for $80 or so.