The advertising for this Whisky is that it is not for the faint hearted, very true. On a taste map this is right up there with a Laphroaig 16 year old. Rich Full Bodied the nose is unmistakably smoky and it's there in the taste as well. This will not be the choice of anyone who prefers the Light Fruity end of the whisky spectrum but if you like smoky peaty richness you must try this one.
This is my first delve into the Islay whiskies. Very impressed and wow, what an absolute smoky smell and taste. Must add a drop of water to this otherwise it will be very Iodine like on the tongue and harsh on the throat if sipped neat, however with a little water its transformed into a campfire in your mouth with the smoke billowing out your nose. Don't think its all smoke and nothing else though, theres some peppery flavours and hints of fruit that come through in the after taste. You wont be disappointed!
Excellent whisky, Ill definitely be trying the Ardbeg 10 year next, as this is a rebranded 5 or 7 year.
Decent price, fast delivery and brilliant product; can't ask for much more. I bought this for my Pops as a present and he loved it. I've also turned the box into a piggy bank for myself for loose change, which is quite cool as it sits nicely on my PC desk and looks cool!
Was not as smokey as I expected but lovely smooth clear taste. Brought for a gift for a whiskey lover who was very pleased. Also great packaging very rock and roll! Package arrived on time in box in blowup protective bottle bag so very well packaged.