Nose: Right off the bat it’s reminding me of a great plate of Antipasti. There’s cured meat as well as good salty olives and their distinctive brine and bread that’s been soaked in olive oil. Left in the glass a little bit it opens up to a sweet unbaked dough aroma.
Palate: A huge salty wave is what grabs me first and really defines the start of this whisky before changing into the sweet meats that were present on the nose. Strangely for an Ardbeg the smoke doesn’t really sneak through until the end and even then it’s evenly balanced and warming.