Ardbeg Supernova

Overall rating
88.47/100
votes
515
Whiskybase ID
WB58148
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
SN 2014
Bottled
20.05.2014
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
55.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L14 140 12:40 6ML
Barcode
5010494922981
Bottled for
Ardbeg Committee Exclusive
Added on
17 sep 2014 9:22 am by whisk-O-thek
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 525.57

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Supernova

51 users have left 51 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.47 points.

  1. P.K.S scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    cant wait to diig in to this, happy to get this 60ml sample not eaven close to the 2015 bach
    • Nose
      89 89
      pent sweet, chilli,nectarine,small hint of vanilla
    • Taste
      91 91
      peaty, toffe bomb,ginger or maybe more like crysterlised ginger,idoine and sweet hint of vanilla
    • Finish
      89 89
      sweet finnish, hint of green Apple with out the souerness and some crysterlised ginger

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  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Smoky-salty, peaty, fatty, with hints of fruit and oak, which does not interfere. The finish is long, warming. Strength and balance are excellent. 22-22.5-22.5-22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great stuff, almost as good as the 2010 edition. Mega!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet citrus notes with vanilla.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Peat, smoke, sweetness, spiciness (more ginger than pepper or chili).
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium to long. Sweet, smoke and ash. Spicy, very, very light oak bitterness.

  5. whisky666 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. malt maniacs scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Smoke, sweet
    • Taste
      Pears, chocolate
    • Finish
      Peppery sweetness

  9. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smokiness (read ashtray) with citric aromas. Why not!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  11. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Hoorhay scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    Not sure whether the bottle I've had sample from was OK (Whisky Auction stand on Whisky Show) but it tasted almost like a new make. Not enjoyable at all.

  13. The_Osprey scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Supernova 2014 committee release. At the Pot Still Glasgow, March 2019. As expected, it's nice. Aroma is woody, quite oaky, some peach and lemon peel. Good aroma, if surprisingly un-smoky. Taste oily and punchy big oily peaty vibes. Crunchy concentrated peat. Breathy smoke. Huge peat. Like a concentrated Ardbeg 10. Brutal and tasty.

  14. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. valery77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Quite soft for such a strength. Smoke, peat, soot, floral motifs, ripe fruits, old furniture, cardboard dust, baked potatoes, creamy caramel. 22
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, sweet, powerful. Black pepper and other spices, smoky peat wave, sweet fruits, creamy caramel, woody tannins, sea salt, phenolic motifs. 22
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, phenolic, tannin, astringent, with a hint of iodine. 22
      Powerful, tasty, albeit young smoker. The aroma does not promise much miracles at first, but the taste and finish are very good. Despite the strength, there is no desire to add water. Balance 22
      Total 88

  16. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. krupoder scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fragrance: Smoke, rubber, bourbon extract dominates, floral-grassy notes, empty glass of woody notes.
    Taste: Smoke, ash, spices, candy sweet, dry.
    Aftertaste: sweetness, vanilla, lingering dryness, ashen
    Overall rating 87

  18. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Iron133 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  20. face scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Sandman23 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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

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

  23. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Merry Arbdeg (88)
    Go
    • Nose
      Caramel peat, vanilla, fat creamy ice cream .... smoked ... iodine and salt (22)
      Go
    • Taste
      Engine oil and iodine, bandages and a rubber hot-water bottle, salty sugar and a burnt tire (22)
      Go
    • Finish
      Medicine and rubber in the finish line, dry and rough ... smoke and engine oil (22)
      Go

  24. Thermidor scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    This is essentially a bottle of barely legal whisky. You can still taste the new make. Compared to 4 different Uigeadails (L8, L11, L12 and L66) this feels younger and very simple, and makes Octomores seem like champions of long maturation. I wouldn't trade two bottles of this for a bottle of Caol Ila 12yo.

    In retrospect I think Ardbeg chose the name for this bottling very well. After all, a supernova happens when a star is close to dying...

  25. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Peat of course, and immediately, super sweet and sweet at the same time. Already spicy just on the nose. And fresh fruit, which surprises me, I who had a memory of Supernova 2010 rather get in there. Palate, intense, loaded with spices. Will it surprise you if I specify that there is a lot of peat? Intense but without any ounce of aggressiveness. It must be believed that he was bottled up to the right degree. I hesitate even to add water. Ok, I'm going. I do well ! Nose, citrus fruits, salt and fresh juicy fruits are clearly visible! (Definitely!) A little caramel. The touch of mouth is fluid, sweet. Finale with wood and fresh lemon. Enthusiasm 4/5

  26. Lorion scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Tasty, but not a supernova of smoke and taste, nor outstanding for my personal senses. 85 points.
    • Nose
      Smoke. Intensive and superficial. It's a campfire. Then come incense, closely followed by spilled gum. PVZ. Grapefruit and lime abrasion. It gets sweeter and some spice comes through. Ginger. Pepper. Sweet paprika powder. A touch of honey.
    • Taste
      Creamy and sweet. Only with delay comes the smoke. Honey is here. Smoky, greasy dessert.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and salty. Smoke is discreetly there.

  27. Hemdl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    As written above, I still see a great Ardbeg in the Supernova 2014, which I would never refuse. A really well-built malt without real weaknesses, apart from the probably younger age.
    • Nose
      Strong peat smoke and juicy, slightly sweetish citrus notes and vanilla. Powerful and direct, but at the same time no trace of alcohol and also much filigree than many of the young islanders, who are currently thrown on the market and have little to offer apart from high volume percentages and youth. This is a wonderfully made whisky, you can tell immediately. Slight salt notes, a little vanilla. As if someone had left salty popcorn near the campfire. The sherry casks, I write a few noticeable in the background fruit notes, which, however, extremely covered and hold almost no role - but they do not have to. He's also really fun.
    • Taste
      Here, too, pleasantly soft and balanced, not so the "middle on the 12" whisky, which is now found on every corner. Very creamy / oily and with beautiful maritime influences. Salt, smoke, citrus and vanilla. The alcohol wonderfully involved. Not even "Supernova-Like" a smoke monster, certainly not compared to some Octomore, but in the big picture a really nice malt. Some will complain about the lack of depth and complexity, but that does not bother me here. Not every malt has to release different flavors for hours, and certainly not here.
    • Finish
      The smoke sticks to the palate and ensures a long and pleasant finish, which is accompanied by slightly spicy oak notes. Beautiful finish without bitterness and completely dry without the mouth. Very easily, the youth is noticeable in the end, but at the point I forgive that gladly.

  28. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Don't know if it's the aeration or me (or both) but I enjoyed it much more than 2 years ago. The nose was great, subtle and complex and the mouth was intense and flavory.

    Tasting notes from october 2016.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, ashes, coastal notes, various kind of nuts, hints of vanilla, lemon and pine resin.
    • Taste
      Ardbeggian was my first thought. Ardbeg was my first crush whisky-wise. I started with the Ten 4 years ago and afterwards the Corrywreckan and Uigeadail. I feel like I just rediscovered what Ardbeg is or should be as I was quite disappointed with recent Ardbeg Day releases. Typical Ardbeg peat. Ashes, coastal notes, spices, lemon.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, ashy, citrusy.

  29. MadScientist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    tasted it together with the SN2015. there is a lot of peat, smoke, some bacon, salty as well. there is more fruitiness, a hint of green apples, come sweet citrus as well. very interesting stuff! again - what a pitty this is limited
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. Helgo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  32. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite a smoky Ardbeg. Quite good stuff, reminds me about some Octomores.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Peat, sweet, salted caramel, soft citrus, vanilla, some herbs.
    • Taste
      Peat, salt, citrus, almond, ashes, grass.
    • Finish
      Long. Peat, wet barley, ashes, algae.

  33. fradin11 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  34. ScottFrench scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg we used to marketing outings, with, often, let's face it, a very consensual whisky. With this new Supernova bet, Ardbeg proves that he is always able to surprise us with rich and powerful whiskys, with all the complexity needed to retain all our interest. This Supernova 2014 is an excellent dram, very well composed, who know how to treat us and surprise us.
    • Nose
      The first nose is very chiseled, angular. It's rough formwork. Youth notes that gradually fade. Alcohol is very well integrated. We can not guess that we are dealing here with a 55% whisky. The nose is quite fat, with hints of peanuts, cashews, cream and butter. A hint of vanilla will make it all a little sexier. Notes of lemon are gradually imposed which makes the whole very balanced. We are neither too fat, nor too sweet, nor too smoky. We reach a nice level of balance. After the lemon, it is the maritime notes that invade our noses: seaweeds, oysters, salt. The markers of the distilleries are also very present: smoked wood, antiseptic.
    • Taste
      Bim Bam Boom, explosion of phenolic notes! The peat, rather in the background on the nose, comes here to remind us that we are still at Ardbeg and that especially, it is written Supernova on the label! Explosion of peat, but also maritime flavors of the nose: algae, oysters, salt. Unlike the nose, the mouth is much more spicy, with notes of pepper and pepper. With a little time, notes of fruit are noticeable, including apple, pineapple, lemon. The impression of freshness is quite bluffing, and from time to time we notice some notes of fresh mint.
    • Finish
      Long and intense, on pepper, smoke, ash and a hint of citrus. Half an hour after the end of the tasting, notes of ashes and lemon persist in the mouth.

  35. domani scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An Ardbeg with intense and harsh smoky notes. Ardbeg Comitee Exclusive 2014 - 25.04.2015
    • Nose
      Smoke lingers long, bacon, bacon, BBQ, some lemon, pineapple, salt, herbs
    • Taste
      Smoke, spicy-sweet, spicy and peppery on the tongue
    • Finish
      Lang

  36. Landryn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  37. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Scores of head to head tasting of
    SN 2015 (90)
    SN 2014 (88)
    SN 2010 (88)
    SN 2009 (88)
    Vatting of all 4 SNs above (90)

    SN
    2015 came out on top without doubt. Whereas the SN 2009 had an
    advantage over 2010 and 2014 when undiluted, a few drops of water
    reversed the situation with 2010 and 2014 becoming much better and 2009
    quite mean. Hence the decision to score them at 88 and rate the SN 2015
    at 90 (almost with a tendency to 91). Bottom line - give them time and
    lots of air. A half empty bottle sitting around for months might
    surprise you, when going back to it.
    A vatting of all 4 SNs brought out the best of the older one, but didn't top the SN 2015.

  38. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Simple but very well done
    • Nose
      Big peat, lots of lemon, iodine, ash, pepper, and cheese curly (WTF?!?)
    • Taste
      Very surprisingly easy, oily, lemony, iodized, fatty fish, earth, peat, medicinal plants. A kind of Ardbeg Ten raw cask
    • Finish
      Long, powerful, on the same notes. maybe liquorice

  39. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    n:more civilized than expected,kind of sweet,charocal phenolic profile
    m:more aggresive now,pepper,phenols,peated salted butter that makes the whole profile a bit fatty ,sweet smoked limes
    f:long enough

    a different but nice kind of smokiness...not the nowdays' clasic Ardbegian smoke...

    a nice variation...!!

  40. Jeep51 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Bluffing. On the palate it is without concession, phenols are indeed in the game. A little more tension and less roundness would have earned him qq additional points
    • Nose
      Fresh, well integrated and expressive alcohol. First on fresh notes, citrus and sea. It's finely peated. After a few minutes, the peat gains in power and is expressed mainly on camphor notes. Almonds and some heady flowers complete a coherent and successful set.
    • Taste
      Round and fat. Large aromatic intensity carried by a peat both earthy and medicinal, supplemented with a hint of smoke, sea water and rubber. Then we discover frank spicy notes: pepper, ginger ...
    • Finish
      Quite endless and salivating. In continuity, dry peat, cold ashes and milk chocolate.

  41. Rom scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    On the nose the peat is immediately impressive and covers several facets. There are plants (gentian and green plants), clove, a lot of coal and cold ashes, cigar. Vanilla attack, in the mouth it has a large scale but the alcohol is well integrated, again a lot of cold ash and a strong liquorice side, with other plants. Endless finale on peat. Very good warming dram, does not seem to swim very well, the nose suffers a lot.

  42. anscheinbar scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

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

  43. HunterRomario scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I was planning to taste her at the Whisky Festival 2015 as the last butt, but when I was glassing the glass I was dizzy, I thought the scent was somewhat weak and subdued that I was overwhelmed over the whole festival so I poured it into a bottle and did it calmly tasting home after returning from the festival. So it turned out that it was not overwhelmed with olfactory cells that this Supernova had a lighter scent. But it will compensate you with a taste explosion that is unprecedented and famous. If she smelled as it tastes, maybe I should have the new king of my charts.
    • Nose
      Seashores, citrus, peat, a pinch of smoke. But nothing heavy, as I expected, is a lighter, fairly fresh fragrance. (85 b)
    • Taste
      The onset is very inconspicuous, but followed by a short, smoky, smoky, peat-citrus explosion, followed by a long, smoky reverberation. The taste itself is quite sweet at first, citrus, then the strength and sharpness, 55% still quite decent. The taste is layered, changeable, and according to my taste excellent. (95 b)

  44. Luhmi scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  45. zby0001 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  46. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I like smoke, it's indeed an improved ten that I really appreciate.
    • Nose
      normal smoke, not overly strong, ham, oranges, rather spicy, pepper. also vanilla
    • Taste
      Ok, so here is the strong smoke! massive! classic sweetness, peppery, some sourish fruit note, some oak
      also some dark chocolate with water
    • Finish
      becomes ever drier, cold ash settles in the mouth and remains

  47. murphyr12 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Ardbeg Supernova 2014 NAS (for a minimum of 120 €) 55% Color: pale sunshine, similar to the TEN Nose: Cold smokehouse. There is a lot of bacon hanging here! In addition the well-known sweetness. Does it smell a bit like cowshed here? Or does Ardbeg store peat there? Bacon and cowshed. That can still be something. Significantly stronger and more spirited than the Ardbog. Turmeric and iodine. Nose: Mild onset. Cloves, leather and pepper. The finish is a song of praise to Islay. Or rather a tired swan song, I can not quite decide. Unfortunately he flies after not too long ago. He is not really tangible. But a plus is there! Something in the finish remains long, almost eternal. It is this dry, slightly leathery and metallic taste, which often flares up at Ardbegs the next day. Because I feel reminded of my first encounter with the brand. Class! Smash Supernova, set Ardbeg 10.1 or TEN + With a little water, the smoke becomes more intense and warmer. The tongue gets spicier. Again turmeric and nutmeg. And this metallic youth. It does not really bother you. The finish is a bit sharper. And again this eternal aftertaste. Conclusion: How I like to remember the Ardbeg 17. That was still a great standard! So full and balanced, the alligator resembles something. This could win a lot of new fans today. But he is long gone and can only be found at collector's prices. Now there is NAS! Unfortunately. Without trying it, I would bet that the new Kildalton is similar. But back to the supernova. No, I think the price-performance ratio is not right here. Too young and too little character. Sure, this is a limited special for the committee that costs! Well, unless you live in Switzerland or in Austria, then you go out empty. No matter how long you've been in the committee. The fact that the bottles would not be enough for all members, was clear from the amount of members. Online sales were in the Kingdom in less than an hour. In Germany it was similar. I would now describe my relationship to Ardbeg as a love-hate relationship. You just can not get away from it. I do not give up the hope that the product policy will change at some point. Maybe when the bubble burst and you pay more attention to quality instead of quantity. Let's hope the best!

  48. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/ardbeg-supernova-vier-abfuellungen-im-direkten-vergleich-34552/

    Color: white wine
    Nose: Pleasant, round and fat! Notes of a BBQ with smoked nut ham and salty meat, not overly sweet, but with coal, peat and slightly medicinal phenols. With tar, iodine, seaweed, algae and white pepper. Overall for Supernova but rather a restrained nose without many rough edges.
    Taste: Harmonious-sweet start, with a pleasant peaty spice, lots of smoke and well-integrated phenols. The young alcohol culture is cleverly worked up with honey / sugar sweetener so that the taste experience appears pleasantly concealed. Few fruit flavors and a little mint are added towards the end - but also here for Supernova rather discreet and unusual.
    Finish: Long - bitter-bitter, a kräutrige freshness comes on, green pine needles and increasing sweetness of sugar and some honey towards the end.
    Comment: Rather a "normal", newfangled Ardbeg as a supernova!
    88 points (nose: 89 / taste: 89 / finish: 86)

  49. Wolv scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  50. Highlander1985 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    In the LVMH-Onlineshop were 1.000 bottles available for the German Committee-Members, just for the statistics...

  51. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, but no Stellar.

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