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.
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.
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.
I bought this from a combination of the write up and reviews. The sum of these told me I was in for potentially the most peaty whisky I've tried. It tastes fairly young, but not too young though; the peat is present, but more as a strong smoky flavour with just a hint of sherry, turning to caramel with the peat. A nice drop and, whilst smoky, not so intense as Caol ila or similar - I shall enjoy this over the coming months.