The simplest definition of “supernova” would be a “stellar explosion radiating as much energy as ordinary star over its entire lifespan”.
In 2009 Ardbeg Supernova outshone not only the distillery selection, but also the entire single malt category. The second blast came in 2010, the third and (so far) the final one in 2014. The whisky was distilled from malted barley with concentration of phenols over 100 ppm. The 2009 bottling is called a “Stellar Release”. It carries no age statement, in our knowledge the whisky is about 8 years old and was aged in ex-bourbon barrels. Only 18 000 bottles were filled.
Nose: very smoky, earthy with distinctive spiciness, vanilla and toffee.
Palate: everlasting smoke, salt, peat, chili peppers and orchard fruits.
Finish: long and powerful, peat smoke, and lots of spice.