Sunday, January 9, 2011

Review: Ardbeg Supernova

Ardbeg Supernova
Price: $120-$130
Strength: 60.1%

So it turns out there is such a thing as too much peat.  And that's sort of a good thing, because I was really worried that if I loved this super-peated whisky, I could never go back to regular old Ardbeg or Laphroaig.  

The nose lets you know that There Will Be Peat, but not nearly to the degree that there really will be.  The nose also gives fried pig (bacon, ham), oil, and marmalade.  The palate is a full peat and earth explosion.  It's like being tackled by a linebacker and getting a mouth full of sod.  The finish is like eating a cigar and oak leaves.  The finish goes on until tomorrow with smoke and burning compost.

I love the intense experience and novelty of Ardbeg Supernova, pushing the extremes of what is possible in a whisky (even if we find out there is good reason to usually avoid those extremes).  I'd also love to taste this whisky if it is allowed to age and mellow out a bit.  91 points (A-).

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