Ardbeg Supernova Stellar Release Bot.2009
Ardbeg Supernova Stellar Release
Ardbeg Supernova price
70cl / 58.9%
Ardbeg Supernova has been a phenomenon since the Advance Committee Release sold out in a matter of hours back in January 2009. This is the peatiest Ardbeg ever at over 100ppm.
Further, The official claim is that both bottlings of the Supernova came from the same batch, but other malt freaks noticed that the bottling codes were dissimilar (L08 for the ‘Committee’ and L09 for the general release), which means that the general release may have spent at least a few more weeks in one or several vatting tanks. Would that change anything to the whisky? Probably not but let’s see… Besides, whilst it was believe (wrongly it seems). That the first version came from a very small ‘boutique/experimental/secret’ run of uber-peate Ardbeg. A recent press release by the owners claime this (quote). “For the creation of Ardbeg Supernova, we analyse and taste a wide range of different Ardbeg whiskies of varying ages.” Perplexe? Ardbeg Supernova Stellar Release Bot.2009
Anyway, woooof! First I tried the Ardbeg ‘Supernova’ (58.9%, OB, advance Committee release, 2008). While reading my old tasting notes and decide that I wouldn’t change one word to them (S., you lazy B.!). Then I tried the Ardbeg ‘Supernova’ (58.9%, OB, general release, 2009) and found. Indeed some very tiny differences on the nose and on the palate, whether when neat or dilute, but the problem is that these tiny wee differences kept changing – first the CR was a tad more lemony, then it was the GR, then the GR was a tad smokier, and then it was the CR… Ardbeg Supernova Stellar Release price
Further, The kind of things that happen anytime you try the same whisky from two different bottles. So, the colours being the same, I decide that only a large panel of tasters tasting both whiskies in a double-blind session could maybe settle this very existential question. As far as I’m concerne, I’d say that these two (excellent) whiskies are most probably the same indeed
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