Some stuff Ardbeg do really makes the whisky sing, the Marsala casks dull it off a bit, but whilst it knocks a bit of the classic Ardbeg out of the end result I like the other things it brings to the party.
I'm an Ardbeg fan ( > favourite distillery < ) but I'm ultimately a Whisky fan. It may not be the best Ardbeg I've had but it is a bloody good whisky.
...it was also well worth the £65 I paid for it, and that's the other thing I look at with Whisky : is the experience worth what I paid. Yes, so good all round