The Kings of Peat have returned with another installation of the Supernova series, and it’s their peatiest yet.
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Nothing sums up Ardbeg Distillery better than the word peat. Everything they do is steeped in peat. Wonderful, earthy, seaside peat. The Islay distillery prides itself on its peated malts and the rich, intense characters their malts represent.
Since their first bottling in 2009, Ardbeg have released four more iterations of Supernove, making this their fifth expression. The series celebrates the intense peated flavours of Ardbeg and is the peatiest malt made by Ardbeg, which really says a lot.
Mickey Heads, Ardbeg distillery manager said, “The incredible peat explosion in Supernova probably explains why these bottlings have been so popular with the Ardbeg Committee over the years.
“Supernova 2019 is the fifth edition in the series, and I’m sure it will be snatched up in no time at all.”
Dr Bill Lumsden, who is Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg, went on to say, “Supernova is the peatiest expression we produce at Ardbeg.
“The way the flavours build and build and then explode in a burst of pungent peat and smoke is truly astonishing.”
Tasting notes for Ardbeg Supernova 2019 Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottle cost: £140
The nose begins with big plumes of peat, bonfire smoke, iodine and liquorice. It is herbal and earthy, really bringing out the natural notes in the peats. The aroma is incredible, with lots of warmth and spice, wafting in and out of peat flavours. A menthol freshness takes over.
The palate is full of sweet oak, smoke and cut grass. Aniseed spice, hints of cumin and cloves, and lots of peat make for a well-developed body. There is a hint of sea salt, brine and more oak. The menthol notes mix well with the peat and make for a very exciting dram.
The finish is strong and full of peat smoke, as is to be expected.
This is going to be heaven for peat lovers and fans of Ardbeg, and even if you’re neither of those, this dram is historically good.
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