Just a splash of water ..... (I may be a wuss but anything over 100 proof). This has nice little extra from the sherry casks it is aged in. I may be biased as I live the 10 and the corry also.
9/25/12 9:32 PM
Preface: I am by no means a whisky expert but not a complete beginner either.
Although it is peated, the peat aspect is much tamer than in it is something like Laphroiag or even Ardbeg's own 10 year old.
A portion of what you'll taste in this bottle comes from Ardbeg aged in sherry casks. The end result is a bottle that contains peaty characteristics with an equal proportion of sherried sweetness. It's very well balanced, with a long finish.
Others have raved about this particular product, but I found it lacking for the hype given. The pete flavor overpowers everything (taste/smell) that could make this a much better item.
That said, and if you can get past the heavy-handed flavor, it goes down smooth enough to not need water to cut it. And, at the price, if you think about mixing it with something, look elsewhere. It's good enough to stand on its own.
*First time drinker of single malt scotch-wiskey, so take the review as you will. My normal drink of choice is Crown Royal.