Ardbeg Supernova

Overall rating
88.60/100
votes
492
Whiskybase ID
WB131183
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
SN 2019
Bottled
17.07.2019
Casktype
ex-bourbon casks
Strength
53.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Committee Release
Bottle code
L2360387 17/07/2019
Barcode
5010494954005
Added on
11 may 2019 12:39 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 496.29

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Supernova

77 users have left 80 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.60 points.

  1. KlausBlaueDer scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

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      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. VEF206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Issue price was 150 EUR

  4. lingige scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  7. robain scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
      subtle peat smoke, citrus, green fruits, herbal, spicy
    • Taste
      89 89
      soft peatiness, creamy, some oak and saltiness
    • Finish
      90 90
      saltiness with long creamy peat.

  8. Peat_bog scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    2019 release hot and spicy
    • Nose
      83 83
      smoke
      berries
      bandaides
    • Taste
      84 84
      chocolate
      orange peel
      candied sugar
    • Finish
      83 83
      long sweet and mouth coating

  9. Ruppirupp scored this whisky 66 points Expert Junior

    A disappointment! The price-performance ratio is completely absurd! Ardbeg has fantastic standards! I rather recommend the ...

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  12. Petitcham scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    When the airing condition is good; At first, there are no special characters in the flavor, but the intense explosion of peat and smoke at the finish is interesting and impressive.

  13. K C Wong scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. tommi71 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Many good approaches, but it cannot really stand out from the crowd of NAS. You can find the detailed review here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/09/22/ardbeg-committee-releases/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. riegerjonas scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    2020-12-31
    • Nose
      91 91
      light banana sweetness, smoke, campfire smoke, smoked ham
    • Taste
      94 94
      strong start: smoke, pepper, pleasant oak flavor, dryness, ashy smoke, campfire smoke
    • Finish
      93 93
      long after smoke, cocoa, coffee, liquorice

  18. MLE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  19. ezioaudit scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The last good Ardbeg..

  20. DGV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    SN 2019 is similar in flavor and aroma profile to TEN, only at barrel speed. The main ingredients are citrus fruits, burned rubber, bread, ginger, spices.
    • Nose
      88
    • Taste
      88
    • Finish
      88

  21. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A delicious dram. More than delicious. I find the fruit note particularly stunning. Whether it was properly priced for a NAS, one can certainly be divided. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/12/14/maximum-ardbeg/

  23. Andara scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice one, close to the 2010 version but I like that one slightly better. I skipped this when it was released, after trying it today I should not have done that :-)

  24. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great, tasty and varied summer whisky with a nice, pleasant smoky note. Everything looks very harmonious.
    Not an over-malt for me but very consistent from start to finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
      at the beginning a fruity, slightly sweet note, with a delicate but still distinct smoke, some apple, orange jam and slightly sour lemon fruit. But everything is fresh, summery.
      the sweetness becomes a little clearer over time and turns into a honey-vanilla sweetness, in addition it becomes more malty, grassy.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful, full start on the palate, initially rather sweet and fruity, the smoke comes in a little later, looks like charcoal smoke. the fruit notes also appear slightly burnt. In addition, a great oak seasoning with peppery-sharp notes. Alcohol is well integrated and does not show up. Slight tar taste, a little liquorice, sea air feeling. Great combination of the fruit with the charcoal smoke.
      In the background there is a slight bitterness through dark chocolate and coffee, tobacco.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish, becoming a bit drier, peat smoke is still very present, with a bit of spice and a slight spiciness of pepper, on the back still some liquorice and fruity

  25. dcsicsak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. Gregers scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful smoke bomb from Ardbeg here, but the finish is unfortunately less than lovely.

    Review: https://youtu.be/9f5ICJeVc2s
    • Nose
      85 85
      Intense peat smoke, then fruitier notes, lemon zest, green apples, fresh herbs, bit of vanilla, charred wood. All sorts of campfire elements.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very smoky, no surprise. Intense warmth, with black pepper and chili, but also muscovado sugar, which mixes well with embers and charred wood. Still it's a bit coarse, obviously a very young whisky, and structure is a bit fragmented. Second chew brings vanilla pudding, cheese cake with fresh fruits, at least definitely that biscuit layer is there. Drier notes, mainly oak, but also fried thyme, join in on the third chew, along with leather and tobacco leaves.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Smoke prevails. Sweetness down a bit. Some barley, black pepper, chili, lemons, dried herbs. Long and warm. Though, then after a few minutes some sort of sour/bitter notes develop, almost like a wet dish rag that has been used for a few weeks, or stale flower water. Not that I usually eat or drink any of those, but hopefully you get the idea. Ultimately bitter grape skins appear as well, leaving you with the taste of cheap grappa in the mouth.

  28. Paedi75 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  29. master_art scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Easy to drink despite of 53.8% but can't recommend it to buy for this price. Good as sample.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Very weak, slightly citric. Nothing special.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The only strong point. Pretty sweet, vanilla, moderate smoke, ash, tobacco. Good start, but not enough complexity.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Very short. Sweet smoke but too delicate. Not what you expect from Ardbeg.

  30. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Islay Festival 2020-Dram, (virtual) Ardbeg Open Day.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a straight forward well done high peat proof Ardbeg, vanilla, peat and pepper assault your senses from start to finish. Not complex, but very bold.
    • Nose
      Sweet ashy smoke, vanilla, cinnamon, cake
    • Taste
      Initially very sweet and a punch of peat, after it gets creamy and very peppery
    • Finish
      Nice length, the pepper vanilla peat combination stays quite some time

  33. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    parameter:
    Bottling serie: SN 2019
    Casktype: ex-Bourbon
    Stated Age: NAS
    Strength: 53.8% vol
    Size: 700ml
    Room temperature when drinking: 25 ℃

    Eyes: White wine smells Nose: salty seawater, char-grilled pork belly, raw bacon, kelp, lemon dipped salt, black smoke, black pepper, weak cream cake. The slight herbal smell and lemongrass appear a bit raw, like a rock soaked in sea water, cold and hard tasting Palate: salt in the mouth, tons of sea water, salty and bitter max. Disinfected water, seaweed and Yaozhu soup appeared in the middle. A little sweetness at the end, the freshness of the shellfish is really bright.
    Finish: Long endurance, tingling tongue base, wave seaweed, salt, lemon and cheese at the end of the ash Body: Medium, rich in fat, sticky

    Nose: 84/100
    Palate: 84/100
    Finish: 84/100
    Body: 86/100
    Overall: 84/100

    Overall: Both fresh and fishy, salt and peat with heavy punches have raised my blood pressure, and I am so small in the face of supernova. I haven't learned how to appreciate heavy peat, light mouth is my original sin.

  34. Joband scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. matfrl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  37. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    with water: a little tamed, but do you want that? Not me!

    Conclusion: Bämm, Ardbeg has done something great again, even if I might have given the drop two more years in the barrel
    • Nose
      89 89
      Yes, here we are in the Ardbeg terroir - very strong ashy smoke, with a nice cinnamon cake sweetness, followed by caramelized pocorn, red apples and even a few red currants, a surprising amount of oregano, algae, a little pebble beach, the sweetness goes towards powdered sugar , a little vanilla and some coconut milk hidden tickles the nose, the alcohol is well integrated, but overall you still notice his youth
    • Taste
      88 88
      it starts with a nice sweetness after light fruits, then the smoke strikes, ashes and sea aromas, which strike more violently with each wave
    • Finish
      87 87
      slowly the tide subsides, the waves become smaller, slowly the smoke spreads throughout the mouth, only on the palate it is quite short, again a sign of his unmissable youth

  38. zaphod155 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A somewhat disappointing idea. It has nothing to do with the taste explosion I had when I had my first supernova. Have I maybe set my expectations a little too high?
    • Nose
      Candy-sweet smoke aromas. Clear notes of vanilla. Overripe plums and bananas. Old wood. Sharp ginger tones are added. With increasing warmth, chocolate and even more overripe, almost fermented fruits are found.
    • Taste
      Mainly ashy aromas. There is also dark caramel and vanilla. Earthy notes and old wood. Overripe fruits again. The ginger spiciness is also there again. The smoke combines with the caramel and amazingly holds back.
    • Finish
      For an Ardbeg surprisingly manageable aftertaste. The dark caramel shows up the longest.

  39. Malthead19 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a great Ardbeg, strong, powerful and aromatic, a very good committee filling
    • Nose
      Citrus, lime, strong smoke (wood fire), typical Ardbeg character, subtle sweetness
    • Taste
      oW: strong smoky, intense onset, but not so unpleasant for the 54%, classic Ardbeg flavors, lots of smoke, light fruit touch;

      mW: pleasant smoky, soft start, dry, slightly fruity, raisins, coffee
    • Finish
      medium aromatic smoky exhaust;
      longer smoother reverberation

  40. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  41. Mr. D. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  42. Squinugie scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  44. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  45. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Yes, that's a worthy supernova that doesn't have to hide from its predecessors. The balance is excellent both in the nose and in the mouth, only to the rear it becomes a little too bitter for my taste, which is put into perspective from the second sip. He is obviously young, but that suits him very well. Some warmth is good for him, especially in the mouth.
    • Nose
      91 91
      An Ardbeg immediately after pouring. The sweet ashy smoke, a hint of lemon, malt and caramel. It does not appear excessively smoky, at least the high smoke content is not yet apparent. After a while, it is above all sweet and full, the smoke is quite strong, but it does not appear to be excessively strong, more like a Laphroaig in intensity, but clearly Ardbeg in profile. Creamy fruity pudding notes appear, panna cotta, lemon and orange zest. In addition, from time to time a meaty barbeque note. Very balanced, the smoke is now fully integrated. Fennel, a hint of spruce needles, more complexity and depth than expected. An idea of peaches, mineral notes, iodine, disinfectant, it is becoming increasingly phenolic. The smoke is also warmer, campfires instead of cold ashes, dark honey and anise, as well as some rubber.
    • Taste
      90 90
      At first mainly sweet, lots of honey and malt sweetness, then strongly astringent bitter substances come along with a strong start with a proper, but non-alcoholic chilli catch. And all behind a wall of smoke. In the second sip, sweetness and bitterness play together in a league, plus a little lemon juice, everything is well integrated, the sharpness is significantly more moderate, the bitterness is also no longer astringent, now also a bit mineral, a slightly metallic bizarre dance on the tongue.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is initially emphasized by tannins and menthol, then it dries even further, dry ash almost remains on the tongue forever. The chest area is also warmed very sustainably. If you have not noticed it in your mouth, the high peat content will be evident here at the latest. In the second sip it is much more integrated and less bitter.

  46. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful whisky, consistent, aroma rich in nuances.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet, smoky, buttery, peaty, berry, non-spiroous and rather delicate aroma, without the traditional Ardbeg uncompromising pressure, shortcrust fruit pie, vanilla-creamy notes, chewing gum, sea saltiness, carnation, cloves and cinnamon crustacean stuffing, industrial notes, dried fruits, apples, a little farmhouse background. The aroma plays for a long time and constantly changes, gaining.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoke, ash, meat, sweet, honey, citrus, fruit (dried fruits).
    • Finish
      89 89
      Meat first, then sweet, honey, very long, smoke, peat, ash, citrus, buttery, dry, caramel, cigarette ash.

  47. butt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  48. Glen Valley scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    It‘s one of the darkest nights of the year. But the Supernova is what lights up my path, almost like the word of God.
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily, sensitive and multi-layered, very round. The smoke is extremely well integrated into the overall whisky. Very fruity, round. Licorice. Haribo liquorice wheel. Pineapple. Sweaty Böllin tug of war. Gabriella Sabbatini.
      Seaweed.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet-smoky finish. Fruity sweetness keeps the balance with the smoke.

  49. Whisky_Addicted scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: straw.
    Nose: sea boulders, algae, iodine, wet metal, a bonfire, a flaming pile of wet autumn foliage, wet cigarette butts, the finest coal dust that you inhaled with your nose, burning tar, peat bogs burn in 2010 and the air on the beach during a storm.
    The water has almost dried up floors, washed with bleach, a heated laboratory autoclave.
    Taste: very burning, coals, lots of coals, peppers, smoke wet cigarettes, sea pebbles, green bark.
    The finish. astringent, caustic smoke, coal dust, dry branch, again coals ... powerfully. Knits specifically.
    Conclusion: I approached him yesterday, but some sort of pickle-cucumber topic covered me, I could not break out of it. Today, everything is different. There is no sweetness here. This is whisky for real fans of fire and smoke. I like him. I really look forward to frosts, perhaps they will have to go somewhere to drink it in nature. Yes, and I already had a bottle, in advance.

  50. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, but a bit weaker and thinner than the 2010 release.
    • Nose
      Citruses, smoke and peat, camphor, forest fruit and punch.
    • Taste
      Grilled citruses, pepper and chili, camphor, sawdust, ash and coffee.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, peaty.

  51. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=392

    Color: Ardbeg - 2019 - OB, Supernova 2019, Ex-Bourbon Casks, Committee Release - 53.8%
    Pale gold
    Nose:
    Strong lemon aromas combine with vanilla to form a fine cream. The seasoning is carried by salt and the phenols are well submerged. Peat, leather, fine wood, cardboard, lots of minerality and quite well balanced - without outliers up or down.
    Taste:
    Salty, spicy and quite voluminous starting! Chili, paprika, cayenne pepper, sea salt, cardamom, red peppercorns and a good peat content with matching phenols. Subterranean "weakly perceived" fruit notes. Vanilla and honey are present from the start. The hot peat lasts a long time and then becomes drier and ashier towards the finish.
    Finish:
    Long - the fruit is now better and leaves sweet aspects. Vanilla, apple, coal and very maritime towards the end. Without a false tone and getting drier.
    Comment:
    The Supernova series is absolutely incomparable. After the straightforward first bottlings, the somewhat too sweet 2014s and 2015s, the way is different again - better!
    89 points
    N: 89P / G: 90P / F: 89P

  52. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I came to this drop thanks to a bottle division, definitely paid off.
    • Nose
      90 90
      subtle smoke, citrus, peanuts, Werther's real, currant
    • Taste
      91 91
      again subtle smoke, grapefruit, Werther's real (there they are again), pineapple, salt
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium to long, light smoke again, sweet, malty, light hint of citrus

  53. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I came to this drop thanks to a bottle division, definitely paid off.
    • Nose
      90 90
      subtle smoke, citrus, peanuts, Werther's real, currant
    • Taste
      91 91
      again subtle smoke, grapefruit, Werther's real (there they are again), pineapple, salt
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium to long, light smoke again, sweet, malty, light hint of citrus

  54. SRB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  55. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  56. Vallado scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  57. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  58. g00se scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Yes, I like it very much. I did not try any supernova before, just the other Ardbeg special bottlings and I loved them in their own way.
    So too from this malt. Surprised me with his extreme smokiness ... Does not tell the nose that it strikes like that.

    I was happy to have tried the times and I would definitely take again n Dram / Sample, but not a whole bottle at the prices ... Then rather the Laphi 10 CS or n Octomore ....
    • Nose
      Citrus (or fir resin?)
      Smoke (reticent but spicy, biting campfire if you smell too strong). Becomes ashen after the first sip.

      Much more complex is unfortunately no longer, even at 30-45 min drinking time not ....
    • Taste
      Here, in my opinion, the supernova unfolds its potential:
      First sweet, with vanilla. Then the smokehouse comes ... baam. The whole mouth is filled. Boy, that surprised me, I would not have expected that: biggrin:
      Interesting here is the interplay of the smoke. First comes this biting campfire smoke, which is then increasingly ashy, but always spicy develops to pass into a oak-rich finish.
    • Finish
      Longer, smokier (all facets as in the taste are re-growing), smacky pww mjiamjiam finish.
      You have to chew inevitably, otherwise this impact on the taste buds can not be processed.

  59. checkpointrk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  60. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I gotta say, I'm a fan of this. Better nose, taste, and finish than the 19yo Traigh Bhan. It's bigger, more viscous, more emphatic, with a good dollop of citrusy sweetness. Buy the Supernova, not the Traigh Bhan (more expensive)!

  61. Krisladdich scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Have tried it twice and have twice been disappointed. The typical Ardbeg notes are fun, especially because of the increased intensity with cask strength. It came up with the desire for a 10cc Cask Strength. The Supernova itself offers little besides marketing, especially he is missing something special. So you get from the same home for 1/3 of the price better.
    • Nose
      82 82
      First, young, slightly too hot alcohol. Only then do I find the special, unique Ardbeg smoke. Behind it are typical ex-bourbon flavors such as a nice load of vanilla pudding powder, a small splash of honey and biscuits. Gradually, there is a hint of tropical fruits and lemon. Overall, however, he always remains pretty sharp in the nose and metallic young.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Wonderfully sweet in the mouth, the smoke remains at first a bit and then shows relatively restrained. Integrates very nicely. Here I taste vanilla, some lemon cheesecake and some bitter grapefruit. The first start is really fun here, then it is increasingly weaker. 83 here because of the intensive start.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Barely available. After swallowing, a strong bitterness quickly spreads. The mouthfeel is nice and warm, pleasantly dry. However, here is a very metallic aftertaste.

  62. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: fat smoke, lemon abrasion, butter, vanilla. Then again this beautiful strong smoke, right ashen from the smell. Iodine. Cheesecake Strawberry Ice Cream.
    You can scold a lot about Ardbeg, but this nose is really great!
    Mouth: smoke, vanilla and sweetness. Some iodized salt. Very well integrated alcohol. In the mouth not insanely complex but just delicious.
    Finish: very long, campfire and cotton candy. The saltiness accompanies.
    Conclusion: I think this malt really succeeded brilliantly. Damn tasty. Viiiel better than the Kelpie, Grooves or Drum, actually better than the Traigh Bhan 19. For me the best Ardbeg release in a few years.

  63. Varrek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      really sweet: caramel, vanilla;a bit ashy, smoke almost not noticeable; liquorly. Very fresh
    • Taste
      90 90
      sweet smoke with canilla, ash, oranges and some spices. Alcohol more noticeable on taste than on the nose
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium, sweat smoke and caramel, some sour note

  64. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Once again Ardbeg Supernova feels less doctored than Ardbeg Day releases but it seems younger than previous Supernova. Anyway I find this 2019 edition very good.

    Does it justify such a price ? Certainly not. I'm curious how the current core range (Uigeadail, Corrywreckan) stands with this one. Didn't taste them for a while.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, tar, hessian, coastal notes (seaweeds, seashells), hints of lemons.
    • Taste
      Oily, smoky, ashy at first. Then come sweet peat, ginger and lemons. Hints of aromatic herbs.
    • Finish
      Medium, smoky, ashy, lemony, gingery.

  65. Numwierum scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The whisky does not surprise me, but it does exactly what you expect from it. Heavy smoke, ash, paired with a light sweetness. Just right, if you want to get full of these aromas!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  66. sr_tobi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion:
    Tasty Ardbeg, half the issue price would have done it - all I miss the wow effect ... More than peat, ash and pepper, he has not to offer, the nose likes even better, that's it then ..-
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat, cold ash, malt, spicy oak, maritime freshness, a bit salty, citrus fruits, alcohol well integrated.
      With water similar but musty cellar is added.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Much peat (more than usual), some mint from the alcohol, then warming, peppery (pushes neatly)
      The pepper disappears with water, but the malt becomes monotonous.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Dry, lots of peat and peppery spiciness (chili)

  67. gossm01 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Intense peat smoke, malty sweetness, citrus, vanilla, pipe tobacco, cheese and sulfur
    • Taste
      Earthy, oily, dark chocolate, honey sweetness
    • Finish
      Intense, long-lasting and pleasantly warming

  68. dandan798 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Yes it's a hype whisky but it's damn tasty! No fancy finish, just pure and peaty Ardbeg. Is it worth the price? That's always hard to say, especially for collectable whiskies such as this one. For me the release price of 160€ was worth it.
    • Nose
      91 91
      smoke, citrus, ash, maritime, fresh fruit, tobacco, underripe berries, sweetness, honey, iodines, damp wood, leather, minty alcohol, spices, liquorice
    • Taste
      93 93
      sweet, smoke, sour, fresh fruit, ash, vanilla, honey, maritime, salt, sultanas, white grapes, citrus, lemon, anise, eucalyptus, fennel seeds, apple
    • Finish
      90 90
      sweet, fruity, smoke, vanilla, spices, cinnamon, leather, tobacco, spearmint, anise, dry, long

  69. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  70. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I was staying at Ardbeg in the Seaview Cottages when the 2019 Supernova was released. It’s a stunning spot and I recommend anyone traveling to the island with a group to consider it. First class accommodation and hospitality with the most rugged distillery vistas on Islay. There’s something magical about wandering the distillery grounds after hours, dram in hand, with no one around. I had a taste of Supernova at the distillery, but waited until I got home to crack my bottle and do a fair review. Every dram is more sentimental in a warehouse, or at the distillery, so the true test is at home.

    So now I do a side by side of a flashy new release (2019 Ardbeg Supernova £140) and a new release of a classic (Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength batch 11 £67.50). Collectors and flippers abound to grab the two allocated Supernovas (sold out in 2 days), while the Laphroaig 10 CS quietly blends in on the shelves with little to no fanfare.

    Ardbeg Supernova 2019 53.9%

    Nose: (84) We are unsurprisingly in Octomore territory. Young and brash. Buttered popcorn, hot vegetable oil, lemongrass, tiger balm, brine, sea water, vanilla, ethanol.

    Palate: (86) Oily, cod oil, eucalyptus, white pepper, burnt rubber, oil of oregano, fennel and lime.

    Finish: (85) Long, charcoal briquettes on fire, rubber, charred lemon zest, charred meat, roasted peanuts, citrus, white pepper.

    85/100

    Thoughts: Reminds me of Octomore. Its good, but I prefer Ardbeg 10 year. I would guess it’s refill bourbon casks, or around 5 years of age. I refer to Ardbeg as the Macallan of Islay. Growing their brand on the reputation of how their whisky once was. No one seems to notice (or care) all of the annual releases are wildly vague, NAS, extreme wood finishes (virgin oak, rum, intensely charred wine casks...etc). The Ardbeg rep that spoke to us said the core of Ardbeg is refill bourbon casks and that’s what is best for their spirit. Now Ardbeg wouldn’t be having trouble sourcing bourbon casks, would they?

    Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength batch 11 58.6%

    Nose: (88) Big bourbon cask influence, peaches and vanilla ice cream, tar and hot asphalt.

    Palate: (89) Rich, vanilla bean, tarry peat, oily, black licorice, creme de menthe

    Finish: (91) Peanut brittle, licorice, medicinal smoke, iodine and gauze. Long. Very long. Peach cobbler, and smoked meat.

    89/100

    Thoughts: On the opposite end of the marketing spectrum Laphroaig have been consistently releasing what I consider to be the best deal on Islay. The 10 CS is far better to my taste buds, at less than half the price and likely double the age. I couldn’t say which recent batch of 10CS I’ve liked best, but they’ve all been very high quality. Especially when you consider the competition/price.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  71. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    After a very gentle nose, it surprises on the tongue with a nice taste explosion that reaches into the long finish.
    Although its 2010er predecessor on the 60 Vol .-% comes, the 2019 issue is not so unlike the very successful Ardbeg Supernova SN 2010!
    Here you should have a whole bottle of fun in the glass.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A strong, fruity-sweet smoky note, the lemon peel, red apples, melon water and a touch of strawberry jam in the nose. Very fresh and light, almost floating. Although intense, the smoky note is a pleasant companion to the fruit.
      Rape honey, cereals. Werther's real, hand-warm.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Powerful start with smoked lemon slices, oranges, stalked wood, pepper and a good portion of chili. In fact, it is "spicy", without the sharpness is caused by any kind of alcohol note. Dry from the beginning. Aged, dried kelp, tar paper. Less ashy-cold smoke, as it is usually used at Ardbeg, it is more like a warm campfire with a rich peat content. Very nice interplay between the fruits on the one hand and the smoke as well as the sharpness / spice on the other side. Coffee beans, leather.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and dry. Intense peat smoke, pepper, chilli powder, liquorice, strawberry jam, smoked lemon slices, toffee, latte.

  72. rampah scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      81 81

  73. malthead-1984 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    launch price 150€+8€shipping

  74. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Strong sweetish smoke is pouring into my nose. Unique Ardbeg ash paired with sweet caramel notes, oranges, licorice, delicate vanilla, cake dough, mint and some pine resin. Light white wine notes come through as soon as the smoke settles. I also think of wet slate. The alcohol is great involved. Over time, the sweetness in the nose becomes more intense and the smoke almost disappears. Now I also discover anise.

    Taste: Wow. Violent start. The alcohol, which was barely noticeable in the nose, is right there on the tongue. It seems to me that I bit into a piece of charred wood. That may sound daunting, but that's exactly what I was hoping for. The second sip is then almost tame, but still powerful. Again there are sweet caramel and vanilla notes, pine needles, some citrus and salted butter.

    Finish: Medium, smoky, tingling, sweet with a touch of spicy oak and some orange peel.

    Conclusion: As I said, I have expected from the most heavily peated Ardbeg a decent punch and he definitely brings with him on the tongue. Surely this bottling is still very young. The mineral slate notes and the overall impetuous appearance are clear evidence of this. The youth is the Malt very well and I like young Islay whisky now very much. For collectors sure a bottling, which definitely has to be in the closet. For me very tasty, but rather uninteresting by the rather high price of just under 160 € with shipping.

  75. Nikilema scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An incredibly good Ardbeg, after many mixed bottlings for the Committee members, smoky, incredibly sweet and caressing on the nose and mouth. I am very stunned! A great committee bottling, with 150 € unfortunately priced athletic, but unfortunately I have to say, it is just worth it, especially if you take the current 19-year-old Traigh Bhan as a comparison, (which is not quite fair, but I just compare Geschmacks / Preisleistungsverhältnis) here wins the Supernova 2019 easy. Great malt!
    And yes, my bottle was delivered today and just opened, shared and bottled for good friends! Whisky is there to drink and this is my lens rating!

  76. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Product Details:

    It’s back, and it’s on a mission to take your taste buds to peaty parts unknown…

    This year’s limited edition bottling, Ardbeg Supernova 2019, will change your sensory perceptions of what whisky can be. A heavily peated Ardbeg of stellar proportions, this dram is an abduction of the senses.

    Enter into realms of sweet treacle toffee, navigate thick clouds of aniseed, menthol and soot, before finally re-emerging through a dense nebular of peat and smoke. Whisky will never be the same again.

    Ardbeg Supernova 2019 – the sensory abduction nobody saw coming…

    Non chill-filtered at 53.8% ABV

  77. Whisky-Raritäten did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting: Ardbeg Supernova 2019 versus 2015

    https://fosm.de/tasting-ardbeg-supernova-2019-versus-2015/

  78. Othorion did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This whisky is probably a good one, as Ardbeg usually releases stuff that is at least drinkable!
    But this long list of bottle flipper ratings way before the actual product will be delivered is just ridiculous!

    Can I have a Blacklist for users so that their ratings will not be taken into account when I look at a whisky, please!!!

  79. katarn_rb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Taste description of the manufacturer
    • Nose
      Clouds of tart anise, menthol and eucalyptus are surrounded by a sweet toffee scent. A touch of peppermint, some fennel and a distant, mysterious scent of camphor oil. With a little water more toffee notes with dry earthy peat.
    • Taste
      A tingling-peppery mouthfeel results in a veritable eruption of intense, earthy-smoky notes - with a fragrant mist of campfire, soot, smoke oak, birch teas and menthol.
    • Finish
      Incredibly long, with different layers of soft-toffee, aniseed, oak tannins, cloves and a touch of bittersweet, spicy Sevilla oranges in the finish.

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