Ar4 Elements of Islay (distilled at Ardbeg), 58.1%

Price: $151 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

A touch of damp dunnage, some Ardbeggian soot, and plenty of jalapeño-style heat. Shows maturity and depth of character, with just-dead bonfire, ointment, and a sweetness, which here is like honeycomb. Water makes it bolder, with deeper smoke, while the palate has sweet wood, balanced (cigar-accented) smoke, and layers of salt, angelica, and plum.£90/500 ml