Nose : The peat strongly attacks but gets slowly more discrete (leaving smoke and a medicinal scent in mind, quite like a Laphroaig). Hazelnuts then become prominent. There is also acidic green apple that joins the feast then welcomed « green » touches (refreshing eucalyptus, floral softness) alongside spices. Whereas it seemed quite hard at first, it becomes lighter and fresher all while keeping its island character. The airing melts all the aromas with a nice balance, a round softness (we almost sense a bit of honey and fresh oranges). Finally, we find more exotic tones (turmeric, paprika, chili).
Mouth : The alcohol strikes strong with a backgrounded peat that is insanely soft for an Ardbeg. We much more find a maritime influence and a barely perceptible smoke. We find hazelnuts and sald (alongside dark pepper). It lacks a cleaner alcoholic integration and a bit more amplitude to reach the nose level. The water doesn’t get to erase its flaws.
Finish : We end on the Granny Smith’s freshness and a veil of smoke (a bit chemical, rubbery) alongside the rest of spices and salt. Not interminable but adequate with a clear bitter presence.