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Ardbeg Supernova

Overall rating
88.61/100
votes
213
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

€ 346,22

68 × in wishlist

213 × member ratings

1587 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Supernova

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.61 points

  1. Othorion did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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. Okto-Bull did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The capsule can easily be removed and put back on the bottle without breaking/damaging it.
    So, you will never be sure what you get when you buy a bottle from the marketplace...or ebay or bottleflippers in general.

  3. Nikilema scored this whisky 90 points Member 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!

  4. Whisky-Raritäten scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: Ardbeg Supernova 2019 versus 2015

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

  5. 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.

  6. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.

  7. matts scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Character: An Islay peat hammer that does not quite hide its youth, but looks like a piece of it: peat smoke, ashes, malt and oak interlock powerfully and almost playfully at the same time. Who likes the Ardbeg special bottlings of the last years, can hardly be wrong here. A true smokehouse experience. More intense and smoky when I remember the Ten.
    Rating: This bottling holds exactly what I expect from an Ardbeg Supernova. Especially the nose even exceeds my expectations. A delicious Ardbeg powerhouse. Translated that makes a whopping 90 points. Tendency 91. The price is on another piece of paper. Everyone has to decide for themselves.
    • Nose
      Dense peat smoke is literally above the glass. Tightly interwoven with sweetish malt, first draws a lot of Ardbeg ash in the nose. Accompanied by smoked ham and juniper. For a moment I am in a sooty black smokehouse. The maritime impact is unmistakable: a breeze of sea spray meets algae and brackish water. The subtle citrus notes resonate with: lemons, orange oil and lemon balm. In addition to green tea, a touch of eucalyptus, ginger and more and more anise. At the same time, over time it gets sweeter: I have to think about Met / Honigwein. The alcohol is well integrated. Here, nothing stands in the nose with all the strength. An all-round beautiful nose that invites you to a long smile: powerful and surprisingly balanced.
    • Taste
      As expected, there is a lot of Islay peat smoke right from the start. A true ash rain falls on the tongue. Pepper tingles pleasantly on the tongue and increases the suspense. A delicious grain and malt flavor comes through. The mouthfeel is enormously substantial and dense. Refreshingly, a few lemon streaks keep flashing. And again and again peat smoke, ashes and smoked ham. Like licking a rust in the smokehouse. Slightly sharp anise joins in. A teaspoon of water to 2-3cl takes the filling a bit of sharpness. The intensity remains. Oak wood skilfully completes the flavor profile and with a woody, maritime and slightly leathery undertone, it goes into the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and a consistent continuation of the taste. There are no surprises: the drop just does what it should. Peat smoke, ash, malt and oak orchestrate the aftertaste. For a moment, I have to think about coal briquettes. Accompanied by lemon zest, anise and with hints of cold black coffee, the final curtain falls ashen-malty.

  8. 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.

    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

  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. 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)!

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