Ardbeg Supernova 2015 Committee Release

Bought: Online Whisky Auction, 11th March 2016

97/100 – Whisky Bible 2016
89.2/100 – Whiskybase (average from 117 member votes)
95/100 – Whisky Bitch (her YouTube video below)

I didn’t join the Ardbeg committee (which is free via their website) until after the Supernova 2015 came out so sadly I had to pay a bit more for this bottle at auction. Not only is this meant to be the 5th and final release of the legendary Supernova but according to reviews on Whiskybase, this is the best version of the 5. It’s also a ‘must try’ whisky for anyone who wants to experience all that’s great in the world of peated single malts. If the Macallan 18yo is the Rolls Royce of whisky then the Ardbeg Supernova is the Hummer limousine – big, beefy and adds a touch of luxury to any night.

The first release of Supernova came out in 2008 but Jim Murray didn’t start his Whisky Bible reviews until the second version appeared in 2009. His scores in release order are:

  • 97/100 – 2nd Supernova (2009)
  • 93.5/100 – 3rd Supernova (2010)
  • 96.5/100 – 4th Supernova (2014)
  • 97/100 – 5th Supernova (2015)

So the 2nd and 5th rank the same in Mr Murray’s opinion, which classifies them as “superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live”. He says of the 2015’s taste, “a consuming delivery: frisky, smoky, sugary, ashy, playful, stern…and naturally, as Ardbeg will, amid all the enormity, comes the counterpoint of delicate citrus.” And summarises with, “in many ways an essay in balance. This is a huge beast of a malt with seemingly insurmountable peat…until it encourages, then allows you to climb up its back. Magnificent.”

Scores on Whiskybase put the 5 versions of Supernova in the following order of brilliance:

  • 89.2/100 – 5th Supernova (2015)
  • 89.1/100 – 3rd Supernova (2010)
  • 88.9/100 – 1st Supernova (2008)
  • 88.7/100 – 2nd Supernova (2009)
  • 88.5/100 – 4th Supernova (2014)

Here’s the Whisky Bitch’s review from April 2016:

Ardbeg Supernova 2015 Committee Release NAS 75cl

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