Monday, September 21, 2015

A beast of whisky - Ardbeg Supernova 2015

Ardbeg Supernova 2015 Sample
With the Ardbeg Space Experiment now over there has been one final release of the Ardbeg Supernova series to celebrate. Release 4 of the Supernova series is possibly one for the most exciting I have tried to date. It really packs a punch even though the ABV is ever so slightly less that than 2014.

We have been following some of the progress of the Ardbeg Space Experiment in recent past with our post Going Supernova - Sampling the Ardbeg Supernova and Space Aged Whisky - Ardbeg In Space. To find out more about the experiment results why not have a read of the White Paper Dr Bill Lumsden has released.

Ardbeg Supernova 2015
Distillery: Ardbeg
ABV: 54.3%
Location / Region: Islay, Scotland

Colour: Apple flesh

Nose: Giant, rich, and peaty. Smoke is prevalent while displaying sweet caramel fudge, boggy earthy textures, and milk chocolate. The malt element also delivers a bready to warm breakfast cereal characteristic.

Taste: Full bodied, mouth coating, sweet, tacky, salty and earthy. A heavy hitter in character this whisky is not shy of pushing its way to your gut.

Finish: Hell warming in the chest. A real fire build fast and furious before sweet medical textures salivate in the mouth. Finally a very obvious spicy aniseed and turpentine dryness to finally take hold.

Overall it is a beast of whisky and something to keep those peat freaks happy that may have felt the Ardbeg Day 2015 Perpetuum release earlier this year was not disco enough. If I was to give a dram a solid 6 out of 7. It is a good whisky with real character.

At $245 a bottle the price is not for the faint hearted but I certainly think if you were not as happy with the previous Supernova release this should stifle those qualms. Purchasing is available for Australian residence now through the Moet-Hennessy website.

The Baron

D.T.W.C. was supplied a sample for review. All views and opinions are our own unless otherwise stated.