Whisky Review: Ardbeg Supernova 2015 Committee Release

Style: Smoky and Peaty

Nose:
Citrusy spices aroma buzzing on the nose. Slightly tight and quite dry. Seaside minerals twinkling alongside with mossy peat. Light peppermint hue, lemon peels transfigure into subtle orange drops, the sweetness is rather soft and buried underneath with the malt.

Palate:
A rather herbal and sooty entrance on the palate. Sweetness is less shy and comes forward. Lemons, oranges and apricots start to roll in, while silky vanilla chocolate and coconut cream relax on the side. Peppermint and chilli slowly boiling to give slight hotness. Light, delicate texture while it also comes with a velvet creamy touch. Smoky peat surfaces from the background with subtle brine.

Finish:
Damp peat followed by dried apricots, more coconut cream and ends with a light herbal overtone.

Thoughts:
Ahhhh… the peaty Ardbeg and this is the final bottling of the Suernova series. Slightly tight and green on the nose but it works out great all the way from there. Ample supply of signature Ardbeggian flavours – tar, mossy peat, apricot fruits with a fine-tuned balance. A good finale for this famous series… • (54.3%/2015/OB/NAS/CS/NCF/LE)

☆ [Recommended]

[54.3% • 2015 • Original Bottling • No Age Statement • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition]

-Esmond