Ardbeg Supernova 2015
Peated Single Malt
Ardbeg // Islay, Scotland
This is the fourth (and Ardbeg says, final) edition of the Supernova bottling created for the Ardbeg Committee (their fan club, so to speak). When first released in 2009, it was Ardbeg's peatiest whisky to date at 100ppm vs. their traditional 55ppm peat level; this peat level has stayed true for all Supernova bottlings, though the proof has decreased slightly over the years with this one hitting 108.6 proof. All Supernova's have been in high demand and this final release should be no different, particularly with the imagery on the bottle referencing Ardbeg's space whisky's tasting results. If you are interested to see how whisky in a zero-gravity environment at the International Space Station differs in aging to planet Earth, head on over to their website for a full analysis.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
"Many of the traditional Ardbeg usual suspects are here, particularly the savory, meaty and ashy profile, but green grass, dried fruits, and crushed cookies also make their mark, albeit in tiny doses. Some sweet malt appears, but your palate is soon flooded with prickly spice, tar, iodine, and campfire smoke. If you add some water, the whisky fattens and softens just a bit with sweet malt dousing the flames so to speak. Try this whisky both ways to see which you prefer, but if water is added, add just a few drops. "