Ardbeg Supernova

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
SN 2019
ex-bourbon casks
53.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Committee Release
Bottle code
L2360387 17/07/2019
Added on
11 May 2019 12:39 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 491.58

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419 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Supernova

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 points

  1. 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!!!

  2. Nikilema scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    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!

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

    Tasting: Ardbeg Supernova 2019 versus 2015


  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.


    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.


    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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.


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