Tried some of this today. I liked it quite a bit, though I do see what some people are saying in that the finish was somewhat lacking.
These are readily available for about $85 in Colorado and the spirit buyer at my local store said he has never seen such little interest in a release. For me, it is just too hard to imagine what Scotch finished in bourbon and Sherry casks tastes like and $85 is too much to pay to find out when the reviews of real drinkers are mixed.
I really enjoyed this release. Finally felt like I was tasting an Ardbeg in balance. Though, I will admit to having never really found an Ardbeg that I didn't like.With the exception of Blasda.
Thanks to c dub, I got to try the Ardbog last night. I found it to be disgusting.
It has a lot of bitterness to it - I am speaking of green, young whisky bitterness. There is a reason this is NAS. There may be some 10yo in there, but my palate tells me that most of that bottle is 6-7yo spirit covered with a crappy finish. As disappointing as Galieo was, I thought it was better than Ardbog. Ardbeg has really jumped the shark - I only wonder if next year's release will be finished in BT warehouse floor spillage and called "Ardstagg" or "Arddy Van Beggle".
Counterpoint to LB's experience, I like the sweet/salty/bitter of this expression - agreed that it tastes youngish but I like it for what it is... Whether or not I would purchase another bottle is up for debate - there's just so many other good whiskies out there for the money.
Just passed on an Ardbog at $100. Haven't tried it yet but will pass on the price based on the tasting notes you guys put up. Really sucks to say that because it was my first taste of Ardbeg that started my whole love affair with whiskey.
Thanks to a fellow member got to finally try my sample of this. The nose is nice, salt peat and smoke. The taste to start is good but the finish is kinda bad, bitter and hot. Will save the $100 price tag. Thanks again sir for the sample.