Ardbeg, in case you didn’t know, sent some maturing spirit into space. Or, more accurately, tubes of “Ardbeg-crafted molecules” that also contained sticks of charred oak. The idea was to compare their interactions to those of control samples on earth and the results have now been published.
To celebrate the conclusion of Ardbeg’s experiment in space, they released this final Committee release of the super-duper-peated Supernova single malt. At 100PPM (phenolic content measured in parts per million) compared to Ardbeg’s usual 55PPM, this is one of the most heavily-peated whiskies in the world!
Nose: Deep with smoked chilli, soot, vanilla, green banana and linseed, tinned nectarines, cocoa and vanilla.
Palate: Super peaty toffee, crystallised ginger, lime marmalade, star anise, iodine, sweet vanilla and espresso.
Finish: Candied peels and chilli.
Overall: On separate occasions try jumping straight in versus building up to it with another peated malt. There’s more to this whisky than just peat, but on the latter occasion you should find the fruitier side yet more pronounced.
Valid while stocks last. E&OE