Ardbeg Supernova 2014
Committee Release

70cl / 55%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Ardbeg Supernova 2014 / Committee Release
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A resurrected dram from the past - a new Ardbeg Supernova. The first edition was the peatiest Ardbeg ever and this new release treads the same path. A big whack of smoke with a terrific backbone of fruit and sweetness.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling Date
2014
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay
Colouring
Yes

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Aroma: Intense zestiness of smoked lemons and pears, lemongrass and pine needles, embedded in a deep, resinuous, sticky waxy base.

    Taste: Distinctively peppery, spicy and electric. Powerful peppermint, antiseptic lozenges and other familiar, medicinal tones. Dark, dark birch tar intermingles with spicy-sweet chilli flavoured chocolate, while the entire mouth and palate are coated in luscious linseed oil.

    Finish: Rich flavours of tar, creosote, briar wood, spicy tobacco and liquorice root.

  • Tasting notes by Billy A

    Nose: Big mulchy peat, with sweetness and brine. There are some soured cream notes, with grassiness and a touch of herbal mint. More savoury herbal notes come in, along with coal smoke and burning seaweed. There's also a bit of straw and hay, adding to a decently farmy background.

    Palate: Softer than the nose suggests, at least at first. Gentle, sweet orange peel starts, but intensifies with charred peel, damp earth and pungently sweet peat smoke. Liquorice notes sneak in behind, with ferns, TCP and brine. Dark chocolate bitterness is joined by a hint of cherry fruit, with rich loam and wood smoke adding a dryness.

    Finish: Sweet smoke - both peat and wood - dark chocolate and ashy touches. Menthol hints linger.

    Comment: It's quite light in colour, and relatively fresh on the nose, but it's still a bit of a beast. There are darker notes underneath the initial feisty smoke, and a decent amount of complexity. It's Ardbeg looking fondly back on the crazy days of late noughties.

5 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    15 July 2016

    Legs thick an oily, very slow and thick. Straw coloured spirit. Nose - lemon is strong with pear in the background, then smoke develops, oily wax and lastly sour cream develops. Dark chocolate develops further down the glass if left for 20-30mins to air, similarly the palate. Palate - smoke and chilli pepper, oily texture. Finish - smoke then dark chocolate develops, after 5 minutes cigar smoke and ash. Conclusion - in many ways typical Ardbeg, but surprisingly not as smokey guaiacolic phenols as 10 year old. Very citrusy with lemon dominating. Ardbeg enthusiasts must try this. For non enthusiasts of Ardbeg or peated ISLAY whiskies, then is now over priced. If a peated ISLAY is all you are after, then ten year old or Corryvreckan for a dark chocolate influence might suffice. For peat heads, Supernova is a must. Despite far lower ppm in the malt then OCTOMORE 6.3 all Ardbegs are much more smokey, while OCTOMORE has more cresolic phenols and much more antiseptic aromas and taste.

  • 4
    15 November 2015

    Amazing...

  • 5
    11 November 2015

    Simply the best !

  • 5
    12 May 2015

    I tried this in the distillery. Such a sweet and smokey whisky. If you get the chance try it you will not be disappointed .

  • 3
    25 September 2014

    Supernova 2014 is really young compared to the Supernova 2010....not nearly of the same caliber.