This Committee Release from Ardbeg sees the unveiling of the Perpetuum to commemorate the distillery's 200th anniversary in 2015.
This limited edition was made available to Committee members, and from the distillery itself, it is predicted there were approximately 12,000 bottles.
Ardbeg Supernova - SN2014 Committee Release Tasting Notes.
The very heavy – and very second degree, I’m sure ;-) - spacey marketing tends to put off quite a few whisky lovers these days, and we’re even starting to see more and more mockery here and there, but that can’t change the whisky itself, can it? Anyway, I had liked the first Supernova a lot back in 2009 (WF 89), and the 2010 version even more so (WF 90.) This new 2014 has more sherry in it, according to the distillers. It might also be older, but I’m not too sure. Not sure at all… Colour: white wine (hurray!) Nose: sweet Vishnu, we’re close to the 1975! So much for ‘old’ vs. ‘new’ Ardbeg, I have to say this baby’s well within the same lineage, with a similar peatiness, similar lemons and similar oysters. And ashes, peat smoke and all the rest. Granted, it’s rather less complex, a bit fatter and a notch less crystalline, but that may come from the higher strength, let’s see… With water: they diverge now. This is more brutal and certainly more medicinal. A lot of antiseptic, then pinesap and this mega peat that smells just like… The distillery. I just couldn’t be against that. Love this nose. Mouth (neat): it’s sweeter than the 1975, for sure, with more limoncello for example, but once again, the peatiness and the ashes are similar. Having said that the sharpy spiciness that was in the 1975 is almost absent here, there’s this limoncello instead. With water: this feeling of swallowing a Cuban ashtray at 4 in the morning. An ashtray into which someone would have also poured the remainder of a glass of mojito! Finish: very long and while the ashes and peat remain huge, it tends to become a tad sweeter. Is that the sherry? Comments: love this big Ardbeg. Less complex than the 1975 for sure (that wasn’t hugely complex either), but it’s got ashy style and peaty substance (wot?) Certainly not just a gimmick. SGP:459 - 90 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||54.3%/ 70cl|