I thought the Ardbeg 1990 was splendid, although I wouldn't have marked it down as a peat monster - although the predominant flavours were peat, it was far more subtle and complex than that.
The notes I have are:
Nose: medium peat, bacon, brine
Taste: Smooth, sweet, dry peat fires, dried fruit, oranges, really complex and slightly minty
Finish: Sweet, lightly smoky, chocolate, drying salt, spices and herbs, more dried fruit
I was very impressed by all the Bunnahabhains I had - not a distillery that had impressed before - and the OMC 17yo was the star. Really salty and powerful, but with ripe, tropical fruit thrown in.
I really liked the OMC 25yo Port Ellen too:
Nose: Wildly fruity, melon, pear, oranges, christmas cake
Taste: Elegaqnt, perfumed, salty but some sweet chocolate
Finish: Fruit and spice - almost Kildalton - teeny hint of smoke, dry, salty, dry smoke at the death
Adelphi had a Ben Nevis 34yo single blend, which also hit the spot:
Nose: tangerines, spices, sweet milk chocolate, fruitcake
Taste: Chocolate, orange, coffee, spice
Finish: Coffee and orange, warm, toasty, faint mint, vanilla
Auchentoshan had a very good 18yo with really good grassy notes set against fruit and spices. Duncan Taylor had a good Springbank 35yo with a wonderful nose and taste, but which was let down a little by a nondescript finish. The An Cnoc range was interesting, and in my view far more challenging than anything Islay has to offer. One day I'll understand it. I tried a couple of the Michel Couvreur range and was disappointed. The noses were OK, but the rest was thin and nonexistent. I have no idea what they were trying to do and can't understand how they can charge the prices they do.
I visited the Bruichladdich stall in an ongoing effort to understand them - know your enemy! I was actually quite impressed with the Infinity, although the Hoylake was an exercise in blandness. What struck me though - for the second year running - was that they tell you about the various woods they use, and labour on about being unchillfiltered, etc. but can't actually tell you anything about how the whisky tastes (beyond the flavour of the strange wines that used to be in their barrels). I do wish they would concentrate on their products, rather than their methods.
There was a very odd Benriach Authenticus - peated Speyside. I am used to orangey notes under the peat from the Islay whiskies, but this had floral notes. V weird and rather nice.
Obviously, I got through plenty more and have tasting notes on most of what I sampled, but these were the highlights.
Except, of course, to say that the best whisky at the Feis was the Scotch Malt Whisky Society 38yo Longmorn. It is simply an excellent example of what old sherried whiskies should be - and it is reason enough to join the society.