Colour: pale straw.
Nose: a very curious attack, quite sour and extremely buttery at first nosing. Stale cider, old apples… Notes of wet dog, raw wool, oxidised white wine. Very, very organic and wild! Goes on with some caramel sauce, Chinese plum sauce, and finally lots of iodine, sea air and medicinal hints, bandages, camphor, eucalyptus. Rough but complex, I like it very much.
Mouth: unexpectedly creamy, dense and powerful at the same time, maybe the most “Ardbegian” of the three. Peat, lots of farmy notes, bitter apples, smoked ham, liquorice, sweet pepper, getting then very citrusy and salty almost like the Signatory (but not quite). A very nice development towards smoked tea and lemon marmalade, crystallised ginger… And a very, very long finish on peat and lemon. An excellent young Ardbeg, with lots of life!