Type: Single Malt
Score: 94 points
This bottling comes from an ex-Bourbon hogshead filled in March of 1973 and bottled in October, 2004 originally for the Italian market. The nose has classic Ardbeg peat and honey, along with heather and a hint of coconut for a very smooth aroma. The taste is — in a word — great! Rich and smooth with traces of peat and honey at first, followed by a surfer’s dream wave of peat and cinnamon that fades to reveal dried orange peel and a slight brininess. The finish has lingering peat, and is very smooth with a hint of orange peel, honey and black tea.