This is part of Ardbeg’s core range and is a NAS expression bottled at 54.2% ABV.
Nose: Wet, dead grass, burnt hot dogs, brine, smoke from burning leaves.
Palate: Surprisingly little heat – strong peat but not as much of a burnt profile as nose had. Liquid smoke, quite medicinal, all with a bit of a sugar water feel to it.
Finish: Burnt notes return with bitter crunchy burnt hamburger bits.
Rating: 86/100 – A smoke/peat rich Islay without a lot of frills.
Value for the money: These go for $80 which is pretty fair, but I’d be more tempted at $60.