Finalne wydanie Supernova.
While we’re on Islay (previous post: How to organize a trip to Islay (in Polish only)) we can not do without taste something delicious. And so, in my case, it happened. During a recent visit to the distillery, I could not help but to purchase the newest, fifth, and at the last release of Supernova.
Supernova was created to celebrate Ardbeg’s experiments with sending whisky into space and study the effect of zero gravity on the aging process. Some say, the differences are noticeable.
Let’s leave aside this scientific or marketing digressions and and focus on a single malt. We have a whisky without specifying age (NAS), unfortunately it is increasingly common today, but it is 54.3% ABV and about 100 ppm (phenol parts per million), quite a few :). In the case of classical Ardbeg 10 years old, it is approx. 55 ppm.
And what’s inside the bottle:
N: quite intense, yet in the bottle gives the impression of rich and varied, tons of peat mingle with fruits, after pouring into a glass, into the foreground emerges: peat, smoke, ash, bonfire, charred wood chips, salty sea air and mineral tones, then citrus, orange, tangerine arrive, further it gets quite sweet with vanilla, caramel and toffee, from time to time I have traces of pepper, despite 54.3% ABV, in principle, there is nothing significantly irritating, over time, the smell gets softer, and leaves much sweeter accents, sweetness is enhanced especially when water is added;
T: here peat much more shows its face, especially in the early stages, almost overwhelms, immediately also with ash, after that ginger appears with the tongue tingling, a touch of salt, quite a few of a grapefruit with a bitterness, candied orange, orange and lemon peel, somewhere in the distance I have something sweet, like a fudge, which is even bigger after adding water;
F: very long with peat, ash, grapefruit, bitterness, passing into sweeter tones. It does not allow to be forgotten.
It’s hard to hide the fact that Ardbeg Supernova 2015 is my type of whisky. Rich, powerful and with plenty of peat. And to this 54.3% ABV. You can add a lot of water, but on the other hand, you don’t need to do that. It is suitable for slow tasting without dilution. Beautiful.