ah, Ardbeg 10. It's like that really old pair of jeans you own, you dont really want to be seen out in them but god almighty are they comfy - and always the go to choice when you need that feeling of the olden days.
Be careful, it'll knock your socks off. MaKe sure you're sat down when you stick your gonk into the glass if you aint used to peat.
It always gets me how people who's palate is not used to better quality malts say "Ardbeg, god thats smokey". Ha! Peaty beast it may be, but there are a million more things to it. And peat aint smoke my friend, oh no siree.
Try sweet maple and zesty citrus with willowing peatiness and oily body and a finish which makes dram-to-dram time eb out of a course of ages.
You know (and dont blood well go telling Ardeg this, because the swines will do it if they get the chance), if it were twice the price it'd still be a bargin
....don't hit the Corry of Uggy yet, you wont survive the journey.
HP 12? hmmm, not going to comment. I've had a couple of bottles and a bad experience every time, but that's my tastes and maybe some bottles from a few duff batches. Generally they are considered very good. I wouldn't say "peaty" though, maybe a touch "smokey". Island is different - Carbohydrate rich peat where Islay is Lignin rich, it's a very different taste profile.