hpulley wrote:The lighted peated '81 Ardbeg is not that Ardeg-like to begin with. To water it down further with Glen Moray does sound dubious in hindsight. I enjoyed A17 but it was vatted with some peatier stuff too and there seems to have been light and lighter batches of that one; mine were all good.
Actually I like the 1980 Kildalton Ardbeg (recently bottled for the Committee unfiltered and at cask strength) a lot, in spite of being much less peaty than usual. It's not an everyday dram, but it is excellent. And more peaty than I thought (and very intense, too). And, yes, still Ardbegish in spite of the sweetness.
So, either the unpeated 1981 Ardbeg used for Serendipity was a very different run from the 1980 one, or it's the effect of something they did to it to "tone it down" (watering, filtering, etc.)