Ardbeg Supernova (2010 Release), 60.1%

Price: $130 Issue: Fall 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

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, this 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 (rated 89).