I feel quite privileged that my first post within this network is about a spanking new whisky.
I will depart from standard form and refrain from a detailed description of aromas and tastes, as the whisky is so new I would hate to dampen anyone's preconceived notions about it - we should at least give it a week of freedom!
What I shall do instead is provide a more qualitative description of the whisky.
It is Ardbeg from the get-go - a strong heady aroma with excellent legs. Included in the make-up is some sherry aged spirit, which introduces a touch more colour than I have been used to in Ardbeg expressions.
The high alcohol content guaranteed a bit of a punch in the mouth, but fortunately it was no-where near as horribly overdone as was the case in Supernova. It delivered a very hot feel on the palate to complement some of the flavors found in the 10yo, while not drowning out a few interesting additions.
The finish? Well, I can't help but say it was missing something. After rolling round in my mouth for nearly a minute I expected a smooth yet rough, complex and slightly boorish, 'Ardbeggy' like finish - but it wasn't there. It felt like somebody had eaten the last chocolate in the box - there was a hole where Ardbeg is usually at its best.
So, is it a belting expression of a belting whisky? My answer would be 'Yes, but is it really Ardbeg?'