According to Bill Lumsden, head of distilling and whisky creation for Ardbeg's owner Glenmorangie, "Supernova was partly a tongue-in-cheek response to Blasda. Some people said about Blasda that 'Ardbeg isn't supposed to be like that!' We wanted to make a lighter, more delicate Ardbeg, and it was chill-filtered to emphasise the softness. Supernova was a response to the critics of Blasda.
"We looked at samples from the 1970s, '90s and '00s and that from 2001was the most heavily-peated we could find. We bottled it at full strength. People think of Ardbeg as power, depth and intensity, but this had to have a degree of balance and not just be a big phenol hit. It comprises 70 per cent spirit matured in first fill ex-Bourbon barrels and 30 per cent ex-Sherry casks."
Ardbeg, Supernova (Scotland)
Supernova is un-chill-filtered in true Ardbeg tradition, and offers blatant damp soil, peat smoke, tar, resin and soft fruits on the nose, while the palate is muscular, with a lively and complex mix of spices, chilli, tobacco, peat, sea salt and citrus fruit. The finish is long and features root ginger, black pepper and dark chocolate.
A brawny youngster to delight the hearts of Ardbeg purists!
58.9% ABV, 70cl, £80.00, specialist whisky merchants.