Ardbeg Supernova

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
SN 2010
60.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L10 070 14:32 6ML
Added on
17 Apr 2010 7:59 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 457.43

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Supernova

84 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.18 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great interplay of nose and palate, plus a nice long finish - just awesome.
    • Nose
      Very gentle and harmless, he stalks his nose. Lemon cake flatters the nose, next to fine / fine-spicy smoke. As bright as he looks, he seems so light with his apple and pear notes and the bashful look around the notes of grease and diesel exhaust. Alone - you do not really want to trust him ...
    • Taste
      Yes, it is. And that is not due to the undiluted very good edible 60.1%. Now hot smoke floods the mouth, lemon juice and applesauce. He is dry and strict and then very quick ashes. Some vanilla and lemon feather the smoke, but the smoke / ash is omnipresent and sets the pace.
    • Finish
      Long and pleasantly dry with endless plume of smoke and towards the end increasing sweetness of light fruits.

  2. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Quite some vegetative peat at first. Sea salt and slightly ashy. A herbal note, mostly towards liquorice and a touch of damped earth. Wet rope. Followed by vanilla and there is a faint sugar note too. Lemons. Roasted coffee beans and a touch of mint. Adding water makes it a little fresher. Less peat and it goes more towards lemons. It also adds bonfire smoke and a touch of burned rubber.
    • Taste
      This is much more towards a sweet kind of peat. Wet rope in the background. Quite some sweet vanilla at first, which is followed by salt. Lots of heat here because of the high ABV. White pepper. Bonfire smoke with a hint of bbq smoked bacon. The herbs are back here as well. Water adds more liquorice and sugar note. Rubber. The heat is fading away.
    • Finish
      Long with plenty of peat and salt.

  3. Andara scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Big fat peat which wraps you arm
    In his arms and makes you fell all warm and funny. Thanks for recombining me that Ardbeg is actually really good Whisky and not just marketing (or was?). Anyway this is what I love about Ardbeg!

  4. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The aftertaste remains sharp for a long time, as if he ate a chili pepper in order to remember this adhesive tape for a long time.
    • Nose
      Sleepers, fuel oil, pigskin, cold smoked fish, cranberries in sugar, sea salt. Bell pepper and squeezed lemon in the background.
    • Taste
      Toasted slices of bacon, apricot jam, ginger, nuts.
    • Finish
      Burning and very smoky at the beginning, with spicy notes of cinnamon, with echoes of hazelnuts and fresh rye bread.

  5. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Floral perfume, spicy, leather and a little bit peat smoke notes on nose.

    Peat smoke, earth, strong mouth dryness, pepper and green apples notes on test.

    The long finish starts with peat smoke, pepper, vanilla and earth.

    I like this young and strongly peaty whisky! 

  6. ricallende scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    In my humble opinion, Among the ten best whiskies ever distilled.
    • Nose
      Peat, peat and more peat, candied bacon, sea air,anise and hints of  vanilla.
    • Taste
      Rich,Strong and Full bodied, Pepper, anise, cocoa, cinnamon hearts, olive oil.
    • Finish
      Pepper beef, Thai chili, tart orange, peat, bacon, vanilla, iodine, coconut, peanuts, oatmeal

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    As expected, a blockbuster which isn't too complex. Yet, it's very good in it's league. It's not harsh, apart from its peatiness.
    • Nose
      Heavily peated, but not harsh at all. Rubber, boggy peat, tarry fishing rope, with a cooling green note of eucalyptus. Behind that, there is lemon juice and vanilla. 
    • Taste
      The palate is more medicinal, with antiseptic, plaster. Further, the tarry, fishy side remains. It's rather fresh, with citrus, some vanilla and yogurt, and a tad malty with a light green twist of menthol.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and warming, with pepper, antiseptic, a hint of fennel seed, lemon juice and menthol.

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A very nice Ardbeg, unfortunately not so complex and I'm still missing something.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly gentle on the nose and elegant for an Ardi, vanilla, some fine Parmesan, some lemon and sugar, possibly. even some peach / lychee dried in between, some bacon, the smoke is initially very low
    • Taste
      Here it becomes more intense, the smoke comes out more, but then again directly this vanilla intensity, some cinnamon and peat sweetness, a little dry peach and caramel with more vanilla, all in all not so complex, but nice balance of vanilla and smoke
    • Finish
      Will be nice dry and smoky on the finish, the vanilla does not stop, lasts a long time

  9. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    young eater, smoky eater. The nose is really good. But in the mouth you soon have the feeling of the young, overbearing half-hearted. Hopefully the 2014 version can offer more. Anyway: I can not necessarily perceive the additional 45 ppm.
    • Nose
      Pure: delicious, smoky, fresh, slightly spicy and grassy typical Islay nose. It is noteworthy that, despite the almost double the smoke content, this is not perceptibly more intense. Maybe there is a saturation of phenol receptors in the nose that is reached earlier than 100 ppm? Anyway, good Ardbegnase! With water: sweeter, more pleasant, but still very young. Not smokier.
    • Taste
      Pur: already very sharp start, ouch, hurts a bit, even here not overwhelming Torffülle, but as usual at Ardbeg already properly on the face. In addition a sweet licorice spicery. Violent but good. With water: a bit more towards the cowshed, dirtier, bad, medical, wild ... maybe that's the ppm overkill? Can be done, does not have to be. Fear is spreading, if there can be oral smoke poisoning ??
    • Finish
      surprisingly long, salty, slightly bitter, but also young. Reminds of a 8yo Ledaig or something.

  10. P.K.S scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg what can go wrong?=) maybe overhyped a bot today but its normally good qualety, lets open this bad boy and see whay we fint. Erlyer i had som others supernova. This is to hot imho
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat is strange is like boiling vegetables like tewing on oak, sweet pepper,riped aple,lemmond,ginger,lime
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily,sweet, peat still like cooked vegetables,hot jalepenio and oak mix, burning back of the toung
    • Finish
      85 85
      Spisy jalapenio,sweet, some bitter oak with some lime, and oily,some apricot and somfing like bitter caffi beens with sour like lime finnish. Long sweet oransje/ripped pear oily finnish


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