Ardbeg 'Batch Two' Traigh Bhan 19 Year Single Malt Scotch
Faint waves of sweet wood smoke and tart crème fraîche lap gently over bold notes of savory fennel, celeriac, and roasted tea leaves. A splash of water releases a gust of fresh seaspray, followed by irresistible aromas of leather, eucalyptus oil, and pine. Ripples turn to torrents as the true nature of this dram emerges. An intensely salty mouthfeel shifts like the tides into soothing medicinal notes. Swells of aniseed pass over the palate, before rich fudge, birch tar, and peat smoke crash down wildly. Eventually, savory and smoke collide in a sharp, intense, and satisfyingly long finish.