Wine Enthusiast (WE): 90-95
"Vivid straw yellow. The opening nose gives a jolt of what makes Ardbeg a cult malt: mesmerizing peatiness that's borderline medicine chest and fresh cigar ash. On subsequent sniffings the intense peatiness settles down into an ashy-sooty but mellow and composed bouquet. First taste is dry and concentrated; the midpalate turns surprisingly sweet, oily and only moderately peaty-smoky. The finish is long, embers-warm, ashy and a bit unruly. Though ardent fans might think this Ardbeg was neutered in production, it's by far the most drinkable offering I've evaluated."