One thing I always find interesting is to taste independently bottled whiskies which are similar to their distillery bottled counterparts. This one was bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their premium Old Malt Cask range. I got to try it at Whisky Live Tel Aviv.
Aged 10 years. 50%ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled from cask number DL3058.
Nose: Buttered popcorn. Caramel. Mustard seeds. Farmy notes. Hint of rubber.
Palate: Mineral Peat. Slate. Salt. Lime juice. Bit of grain. Sweaty gym clothes.
Finish: Long. Sea spray. Ash. Bitter wood. White wine tannin.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was a real treat to try, especially given all the fanfare, and thus high prices, surrounding independently bottled Ardbegs these days. I remarked to a friend how it tastes kind of like a cinema floor after a movie, back when cinemas had smoking areas, but totally in a good way.