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Review: Ardbeg Supernova (2010 Release)

May 21st, 2010

Sorry to keep you waiting…

Ardbeg Supernova (2010 Release), 60.1%, $130
Very dynamic, complex and powerful. Here’s what I’m picking up, in somewhat descending order in taste profile: leafy smoke, coal tar, mocha fudge with dark chocolate chips, smoked olive, peppered seaweed salad, fruit (lemon, lime), genever, brine-tinged grass, and  (with some coaxing) floral notes (violet?). Compared to last year’s debut release of Supernova (the whisky with the lighter-colored label in the picture), this new one is certainly comparable, but I feel it’s a tad richer, with more leafy smoke and ripe barley. It also seems a bit more polished, less aggressive. I like it a little more than its predecessor (which I rated an 89).

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 90

No Responses to “Review: Ardbeg Supernova (2010 Release)”

  1. B.J. Reed says:

    Love those smoked olives! 🙂

  2. gal g says:

    i need this one.


  3. Red_Arremer says:

    Sounds salty– “peppered seaweed salad”! Really look forward to getting a taste of this.

  4. two-bit cowboy says:


    I’ll slip into my clogs when I try this the first time. Can’t wait.

  5. brian bradley (brian47126) says:

    I will definitely need to stock up before its all snatched up and put on ebay…

  6. Sku says:

    John, the bottle you show from last year was the committee release, but there was also a regular release of Supernova with a different label. Did you try that one as well and/or do you know if there were any differences?

  7. Scribe says:

    Agree with those who express the sentiment, “Can’t Wait!” I loved the earlier Super Nova (which had a green label in New Jersey, not the white)…and the Corry. Now have a couple of bottles of Roller Coaster, and I just love the peat — especially after the liquor store salesman said some people thought it was *too* peaty! I knew then and there that one was for me, and the taste proved me right! Thanks for the review, John…

  8. Neil Fusillo says:

    I’ll definitely have to pick this one up. I missed the last one until it became the $300 limited-supply market. Unfortunately, we won’t get it HERE, but I’ll find one. 🙂

  9. Tim M says:


  10. nash says:

    I’ve tried the Ardbeg 10 I just love the smoky flavour of it and I just love singlemalts and have tried a lot and can’t wait to try this. Please let me know where I can find this when its actually out, I live in long island(nassau county) NY, please let me know where I can find it….

  11. mike m says:

    I love it, but 10 year old is still my favorite whisky of all time

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