Got a bottle of the batch 44 which was the only one available at both locations I was near today.
... nose is similar to Balvenie Doublewood but fuller. Needless to say it's quite hot with the 60% ABV. The flavor is nice and somewhat full with that caramelized sugar thing but still a bit soft for an Islay fan. There is some spice, with a long creamy finish that has a hint of cherry cough syrup. There is a nice, moderate oak flavor mid palate.
Once the alcohol flash subsides there are a lot of subtleties that play underneath.
A most pleasant, clean, bright, sweet, candied fruit aroma from the empty glass.
What would happen to this with a few drops of Ardbeg 10?
I did it. The Ardbeg 10 definitely didn't foul it up but I'm wanting some more neat now. I'm gonna need a few days to figure this stuff out.
Last edited by BoxcarBill; 07-10-2013 at 07:46 AM.