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Ardbeg 'Supernova'

(60.1%, OB, NAS, SN2010, 2010)
Average Score: 87
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryArdbeg
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameArdbeg
Bottling NameSupernova
Alcohol By Volume60.1%
Other DetailsSN2010
Issued2010
Average Score87


Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin90
Robert Karlsson90
Konstantin Grigoriadis85
Ho-cheng Yao88
Krishna Nukala85
Luca Chichizola85
Pit Krause87
Thomas Lipka88
Rich Howard91
Tim Puett88
David Wankel87


Retired Maniac Ratings
Johannes van den Heuvel82
Keith Wood90


WhiskyFun Review
http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivemay10-2.html#170510


Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonDistinct peat. Quite a bit of pepperyness. Vanilla is here also, with a blackcurrant tint. Very big taste. Loads and loads of peat. Leathery, ultra-spicy. The vanilla is so knocked out by the peat so it dies completely. This is one mean beast and it's quite lovely indeed.
Rich Howardimmediately on dry wood smoke, smoldering peat, astringent and antiseptic, multigrain bread and oat bran muffin, definitely some roast beef here, seared vanilla bean, deeper notes of barely sweetened blackcurrant. nose lightly; this one will sear the nostrils! the palate is initially much sweeter than expected, just a ton of sweet cream, blackberries and completely charred marshmallow, which quickly gives way to charred wood, and some well-grilled orange wedges, followed by smoked ham. all this, and five minutes, and i just realized i haven't even tried water yet. wow, now we have baked vanilla custard with toasted graham cracker crust, even some creme caramel, topped with very dark berries. the palate is now both sweeter and smokier, although i would not have guessed that possible. this is killing me... [tasted blind for the 2010 Awards]