This is what nosing and tasting is all about. The notes may be goofy at times, but I thoroughly enjoy the whole process when it flows this easily.
Name: Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1% abv Islay
Color: Light gold
Nose: String beans/seaweed, peat and smoke, shortbread cookies, driftwood, mustard seed, praline pecans, candle wax, iodine, cotton rope, some stewed fruit notes, hint of citrus and cocoa at the back of the throat
Palate: Billowing smoke, juicy sweet stone fruit(peach, plum, tart cherry), black pepper, spicy middle(Szechuan Pork), more smoke like mesquite charcoal or barrel char, a dry hay or bracken texture, pecan pie with crisp crust
Body: Very firm, almost chewy
Finish: Long smoky drying effect like breathing ashes or biting leather gloves
Notes: The smoke lies on top of everything but actually doesn't get in the way of the other flavors, more so magnifies them. I'm impressed with the complexity of both the aroma and taste profile. It would be easy to say the Ten on steroids, but that's not quite it either. Also different than Supernova and Uigeadail, I like the innate balance here.
With a splash of water: clay, bonfire ash aroma; taste is the fruit over top of the smoke like pie in a wood fired oven. At this strength it can handle the water well, so...
Adding more water: creek stones and greenery aromas reminiscent of a Talisker; taste now is peaty water or Pu-erh tea.
Empty glass: firewood, nutmeg and roasted hazelnuts