Ardbeg Ten [L8] (46%, OB)Nose:
Briny, with some seaweed, smoke and peat. A little medicinal. Surprisingly sweet (caramel, toffee, maybe a little honey). Quite peppery. Possibly a little cereal and the faintest touch of mint. Citrus fruit (lemon and a touch of orange. Also lemon-flavoured sweets - Pez springs to mind!). Chocolate and vanilla. Plasticine? A slight hint of soap in the background. Very well balanced.Palate:
Initially briny, developing pepper, smoke, some peat, a hint of fish and a little fruit after a few seconds. Also some mint and caramel. Quite chewy. Becomes a touch drying.Finish:
Smoky! Peat, chocolate, mint, citrus fruit and a small amount of seaweed and fish. The smoke and citrus fruit are persistent.
I wasn't overly impressed the first time I tried this expression, but over time I've grown to love it!
One down, six to go
- though not all tonight...