I had a wee dram of a number of Scotches, ranging in price and quality, from the delicate to the bold. The most unusual was Ardbeg 10. The website describes it as:
The Ultimate Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky. It is, perhaps, the most peaty malt whisky in the world - certainly of all the Islay malts. Ardbeg is the PEATIEST and SMOKIEST of all the Islay malts, yet has a fruity floral sweetness and complexity to the spirit.I'd have to say that's probably the most accurate description I've ever read. The flavor of Ardbeg is a wonderful, delicate floral sweetness that is really top shelf. Truly excellent. The only caveat here is: you must NOT breathe.
If you do, Someone (there's that guy again!) will pour a gallon of liquid smoke into your nostrils. They are not kidding when they claim the peatiest and smokiest Scotch in all the Islay. This is potent stuff that lingers on in your nostrils long after the swallow.
If smoke is your bag, then this is your Scotch. Long life! As for me, I'm reminded of why I like bourbon instead (or at least non-smoky Scotch). I'm grateful for having had the experience, but between Ardbeg and the Rauchbier, I'm smoked out.