Color: Pale yellow straw, lemon chiffon color with small teardrops around the glass taking their time before running down.
Nose: It's way peatier with tons of iodine compared to many other Ardmore bottlings I had before. Most likely this one is one of the Ardmores aged in an ex-Laphroaig cask. Wet sand, iodine tincture and drying seaweed first. It gets sweeter after being allowed to air: Sugar kelp, dried dates and burning sage. Earl Grey tea bags, fresh ginger slices and ground coriander. Adding a couple drops of water takes it back to the seaside: Last bits of a dying bonfire on the beach, ocean spray and sea salt.
Palate: A little mute in the beginning: Dry roasted pine nuts, grilled banana peppers and burnt ends. Water works much better on the palate than it did on the nose: Grilled pineapple slices, fresh rosemary leaves and ginger beer.
Finish: Long with more fresh ginger, white pepper and ground coriander.
Overall: First of all it's indeed way peatier than I would ever expect from an Ardmore... In a blind tasting my money would be on a young Laphroaig or a young Ledaig. Any peat-lover would enjoy every second of this whisky from nose to finish without a doubt. It is a little too predictable and maybe safe for my taste but that's not necessarily a bad thing... It's indeed a solid cask. Thanks again to Kate and Mark Watt for sending this sample all the way to Los Angeles literally from the other side of the world..