Whisky Review: Ardbeg Supernova 2010

Tasting Notes:

Ardbeg Supernova 2010 ☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

Style: Peaty and Complex

Nose:

Dense aroma of dry tobacco leaves and charred oak with a breath of sea breeze, leading the wonderful, enigmatic sweetness in to impress, it is a complete amalgamation of vanilla milk, caramel, peat, subtle tropical fruits with nice wrap of smoke.

Palate:

Fireworks! Intense burst of sparkling sweetness and exhilarating spice! Raining pineapple, floral nectar and black liquorice. A lovely creamy touch to enhance the thickness and texture. Then we have some burnt leaves, dried tobacco scent rolled in with the peaty notes. Endless of layers of flavours unfolding in front of your eyes…

Finish:

Gentle sweetness goes on and on, dried figs, coconut and creamed honey. Slowly overtaken by the burnt barrels with peat smoke. Hints of ocean breeze can be felt again when the flavours are fading out. Ardbeggian medicinal notes more evident at the back end.

Thoughts:

Brilliant whisky! The explosiveness of flavours is stunning. Beautiful tinkering with the sweetness and it has been perfectly supplemented by the unique dry and peaty notes. Another clean, splendid and purposeful arrangement orchestrated by Dr. Bill. I have yet to try the 2009 SN, but this is my clear favourite when compared to the 2014 and 2015 version.

[60.1% • 2010 • Original Bottling • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition • Cask Strength]

-Esmond