N.V. Ardbeg Supernova SN2010 60.1%

Aged in Bourbon casks and bottled in 2010 at a punchy 60.1% ABV, Jim Murray scores it highly at 93.5 points and describes it as "eye-watering, safety harness-wearing stuff", picking it out as a whisky with more to come as it develops, making it highly collectable.


This was the highly anticipated follow up release to the 2009 Supernova that won and Scotch Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2010 and is thought to be one of only 18,000 bottles produced and is sold out almost everywhere.


Ardbeg describe the nose as: "Powerful peatiness with deep herbal and creamy malt notes. Creosote-soaked elm with flowering red currants, green tomatoes, juniper and pine needles. Peppercorns in butterscotch and salted honeycomb fudge." And the taste as: "Hot, sizzling black and white crushed pepper, chilli, and chocolate.  Chewy sweet rolling tobacco and newly tanned leather, brininess and a burst of juicy lime marmalade. Cigar smoke, roast espresso coffee, toasted almonds and liquorice root." And finally the finish: "Long, deep and powerful – tarry sultanas in fudge, cocoa and chilli."

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£353.00 DP

Average critic rating : 93.5 points



Nose: youthful, punchy and spicy; vanillas and bananas add a sweetness to the molten peat. Taste: an explosion of sharp citrus and grassy malt. Not quite what was expected but the smoke and spices cause mayhem as they crash around the palate: eye-watering, safety harness-wearing stuff. Finish: the oak has the bitter-ish surprise but soft sugars compensate. Elsewhere the smoke and spice continues its rampage. Balance:There are Supernovas and there are Supernovas. Some have been going on a bit and have formed a shape and indescribable beauty with the aid of time; others are just starting off and though full of unquantifiable energy and wonder have a distance to travel. By comparaison to last year's blockbusting Whisky Bible award winer, this is very much in the latter category. 60.1%


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