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Ardbeg Supernova

Overall rating 236 votes 89.13
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
SN 2015
Bottled
13.05.2015
Strength
54.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L62419 15004513
Barcode
5010494928303
Bottled for
Ardbeg Committee Exclusive
Added on
12 Sep 2015 1:57 pm by whisk-O-thek
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Tastingtags

41 Notes

Arquebus
Expert Junior Arquebus Note
17 Mar 2017 11:35 pm
Arquebus gave this whisky 93 points

I tried this one with my lunch at the Ardbeg Distillery. It went very well with their excellent Fish Chowder. The full on cask strength experience at 1.00pm mid-day was an experience in itself. This is one of the best Ardbegs I've tried too. To be honest it wasn't full on tasting ( I can't articulate the nuances of the smells flavour and development)  - but I do recall it left me with the impression of a Malt with huge presence and sophistication. Less complex than an Uigeadail perhaps, Smoother, more integrated, and unified than a Corryvreckan and a touch sweeter and smoother too. It was so good, even at £120, I bought a few bottles to tuck away... and I look forward to an occasion special enough to pop the stopper on a one - one day.

Typical Ardbegian Peat, with a blast of coal like an old freight train.
Murray gave it 97pts I believe 
aphex
Expert Senior aphex Note
15 Oct 2017 8:47 pm
aphex gave this whisky 87 points

It's been a year since the release of this bottle and I enjoyed it at the time. The bottle "lost" 1/3 (not to the angels). Did it change anything ?


Nose : Sweet peat, vanilla, slightly medicinal, wet clothes, coastal, herbs.

Mouth : Punchy, smoky and oily. Medicinal notes, spices, lemon.

Finish : Long, smoky, slightly ashy, salty.


It's still more civilised than the SN2014 (from memory) and didn't change as far as I remember. But my tastes did, so it will lose one point. Anyway it's a good whisky, just lacking a tiny bit something.

By the way, where are the 100 ppm ? Yeah, I know, it's just numbers.

Tasting from october 2016.

Owidram
Expert Senior Owidram Review note
29 Jul 2017 11:50 pm
Owidram gave this whisky 91 points

First nose is huge. Peat blast, but just underlines sweeter aromas. Honey, Rhubarb, Citrus.

High expectations on the taste, which does not disappoint. Big and complex. Ashes, burn chocolate, citrus. Peat fire. Excellent length with high complexity. It was a long time since I didn't have an Ardbeg dram with so much in it. It reminds me of the first releases of Uigeadail or even the 77. It's not that modern style I guess, more old school Ardbeg for my palate.

Simply amazing, but I would have liked a canister/box for a bottle of this price.

Weighted Rate
90.5
Nose
93
Initial taste
91
Body
91
Finish
92
Price
87
Presentation
84
I love Islay
squaadgras
Connoisseur squaadgras Review note
13 Jul 2017 11:54 pm
squaadgras gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
90
Finish
88
Price
87
Presentation
89
schero
Expert Senior schero Tasting note
22 Jun 2017 12:58 am
schero gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Maritimer und süßer Torfrauch, Bleistift, mineralisch, verkohltes Holz, Früchte Fehlanzeige - ist aber auch nicht nötig

Taste

Erst süß, nach und nach kommt der Druck des Rauchs, leichte Bitterkeit vom Holz, wieder sehr mineralisch, salzig, ganz leichte Orangennote 

Finish

Süß pappt die Eichenwürze am Gaumen, der Rauch ist gar nicht mal so stark im Abgang, leichte Bitterkeit 

Comments

Nicht sehr komplex aber was er kann, ist großartig. 

Trinker sind Weltretter My Collection
Achany
Expert Senior Achany Review note
29 May 2017 10:40 am
Achany gave this whisky 89 points

peat, smoke, salt, seaweed, after the first peat attack there is some sweetness, very gentle though but still nice, some citrus mixed with salt. wonderful long finish. too pitty that this is a limited edition!

Weighted Rate
89.2
Nose
89
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
85
Presentation
85
ColorOutOfSpace
Expert Junior ColorOutOfSpace Review note
23 May 2017 7:02 pm
ColorOutOfSpace gave this whisky 89 points

really gorgious nose playin on all of peats lovely instruments. its like the octomores in which you have that one dominant peat charackter but without being too one dimensional. the peat itself shines in a lot of different aspects and giving the drink a very volumios body nosewise.. yk?

oily body, just perfect neat. initial taste is big on medeicine and ash but cant hold up to the beautiful development afterwards, that continious to grow and conquer all parts of your mouth finally leading into a powerful but in no way sharp and outstanding finish.


smoked medicine and the ruins of something vegetal burnt to the ground. a burnt farmhouse?

stays for minutes.


im honestly impressed, altough not overwhelmed.

Weighted Rate
88.7
Nose
91
Initial taste
89
Body
89
Finish
91
Price
83
Presentation
84
Allandale
Connoisseur Allandale Tasting note
03 Apr 2017 4:40 pm
Allandale gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Whiff of peppermint. Like a sea storm, seaweed, en then the warmth of a fireplace.

Taste

Smokiness, vanilla tones, mint sweetness.

Finish

Long, smokiness, peat and fire.

Comments

A vast , smoky, complex delight.

Goethe
Expert Senior Goethe Tasting note
13 Sep 2016 8:21 pm
Goethe gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Peat, sweet, salted caramel, soft citrus, vanilla, herbs, rubber, tar.

Taste

Peat, salt, citrus, almond, ashes, grass.

Finish

Long. Peat, dry barley, ashes, algae, tabaco.

Comments
More ashes than the previous version of 2014. Quite good stuff, reminds me about some Octomores. It is more concise than the 2014 version.
Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
d1scostu
Expert Senior d1scostu Review note
24 Jul 2016 8:36 pm
d1scostu gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.3
Nose
89
Initial taste
91
Body
91
Finish
91
Price
89
Presentation
90

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