Ardbeg Supernova

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
SN 2014
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
55.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Committee Release 2014
Added on
27 sep 2014 7:37 pm by wacher

Average value

€ 501.34

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58 × member ratings

329 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Supernova

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.41 points

  1. sengaia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose is on very sweet peat and lemons, it’s sharp, clean and somehow also restrained. Given time and a little (not much!) water, some earthy notes emerge too. On the palate the peat amplifies and ashy notes appear. The peat never reaches extreme levels and it remains more sweet than anything else. The finish is very ashy and satisfying. Overall this is not very complex but it is very enjoyable and it balances its components very well.

  2. dramidaris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. wbarchive_407045 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    really enjoyed the hell out of this. Complex? Not in the least, but it excels in what it’s going for, ‘Islay rage’. It pushes the envelope but doesn’t go past it, looking at you Octomore 6.3. It’s really a great whisky, think Corryvrecken+. The lowest rated in my book of the 4.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, Iodine, creme brulee, toffee
    • Taste
      83 83
      Pretty straightforward, smoke, ash and charcoal.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Iodine and burning, burning iodine.

  4. Thinh Nguyen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: peat, citrus, butter, peach

    Body: very strong, lingering, burn in your mouth, peat, sweet,

    Finish: medium-long
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Thinh Nguyen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Tried this baby 2 years ago. Very impressive whisky. Exactly what I'm looking for.

  6. molar3rd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Its peaty indeed, but not THAT much as one would expect from the one of the peatiest whiskies out there and the Ardbeg answer to the Octomores… But, it’s interesting no doubt. Rather medicinal with quite a few notes of hospital beddings and bandages, as well as clove, kerosene and aniseed, all layered with a lot, and i mean A LOT of ash and some smoke as well as liquorice candy.

    Palate: Dang! a peat heads’ delight : quite sooty at first, with burnt sugar and some fruit. I’ve seen some reviews mentioning exotic fruit, but I don’t really get those myself.. there is indeed some fruitiness here, but it’s mainly cranberries and its in the background. some leather and pepper too

    Finish: Long, very very long indeed. with a lot of ash, pepper, burnt sugar and hints of burnt vanilla flan, and traces of sweet marinated bacon.

    This is a good young peaty Ardbeg alright. I think its less intense than previous versions, certainly less ashy and sweeter with more fruit and sherry influence,but still it’s HUGE. I guess cutting it at 55% did some of the trick, as previous versions were over 60% abv if i remember right. I still liked it more than the SN2010 since its more approachable and less of an ashtray-like dram. when price is concerned i truly feel this whisky is overpriced, and although quite collectible, it was meant for drinking, and paying that much for it if you are actually going to drink it (and not flip it on some auction site) is way way too much when you consider BFYB (bang for your buck) ratio. My favourite Ardbeg (current line-up) is still the Uigedail, no doubt. Having said all that, it’s still a brilliant peated dram, and worth trying and drinking if money is not an issue.




  7. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Without finesse or complexity, a young islay raw pleasant cask, which plays in a category where there are many participants and much lower prices!
    • Nose
      Milky, smoked peat
    • Taste
      Powerful, fat but young ...
    • Finish


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