Take this with a grain of salt (and there's quite a few of those in this whisky's flavor profile), for I've never tried the older Supernovas, but this is a bruiser of a single malt. I tried this back to back with the new 19-year-old Traigh Bhan, and they are incredibly different. Traigh Bhan has a mellower, better integrated profile with more chocolate and coffee notes that come from the union of bitter and sweet notes. In comparison, Supernova is ashy billows of smoke from nose to finish, with a generous dose of salinity. It is fairly similar to, although easier drinking than, Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength, and I prefer that bottle due to its superior availability and humbler price point.