£2100 at Ardbeg if you a drawn out og the hat.
ABV 42.1%, NON CHILL-FILTERED
Initial wafts of sea spray give way to a mix of luscious summer fruits (blackberries and blueberries) enveloped in ripe peaches. Beneath the mouth-watering fruit, nutty chocolate and vanilla notes emerge. The senses are latterly aware of sweet smokiness, coal tar and gentle peat oils.
With water, the sweet smokiness becomes more apparent; subtle medicinal, tarry rope notes are suggested with briny sea spray as the senses are reminded of its Islay birthplace.
The theme is still fruity and fragrant, with top notes of wine gums and autumn brambles. The flavours open further, revealing waxy aromatics, chocolate raisins and rich fruitcake.
Subdued traces of tree sap and tobacco smoke are present in the background.
The mouth-feel is warming with a tingly effect. The flavour is initially of a salty sea breeze with fish smoked over an open heather and peat fire. In a few seconds, rich dried fruits (raisins and sultanas) come to the fore with elements of cherry pie and cream. Vanilla is present throughout, with peat, espresso coffee and berry fruits completing a myriad of flavours.
The long finish lingers with peat smoke and blackcurrants, with hints of dark chocolate, dried fruit and traces of sea salt.