moniquedepace says on March 10, 2020
With the peated wine cask kick I'm on, this was like a sign from on high that I'm not crazy and these flavours go beautifully together. However I will say that while this one has all the classic peat, the wine influence is fairly slight. Pinot Noir may be too delicate a red to stand up alongside Ardbeg's heavy-hitting peat. Still an excellent whisky though
Sea salt and honey glazed ham, studded with cloves and cinnamon spice... theres no way you wouldn't know this as an Ardbeg with that distinct nose. But its wrapped up in silky sweetness
Spices are immediately apparent. Peppery notes, smokey spicey paprika heat and sweeter clovey cinnamon flavours prickle your tongue, and theres really very little fruit immediately apparent. It's quite light, actually, with a bit of the alcohol sneaking in. An impression of blackberries and balsamic sweet-salty tang round it out.
Its dry wine, and a rather shorter finish. There's a vein of fresh dirt and salt, and just the most sneaking smoke filtering through.