Ardbeg is one of my favorite whiskies – Airigh Nam Beist is just one of the all around outsanding scotches out there if you are a peat lover, and the 10 year is just one of the best bottles, if not the best bottle, under $50 (New Yorkers can pick it up for $47 at Warehouse Wines and Spirits on Broadway).
There has been a lot of hype around the Supernova – Ardbegs super-peated new release. I’m still waiting for local liquor stores to get it here in New York, but word on the street is that it will run about $140 per bottle, slightly higher than the Beist ($100 – $120) and the Uigeadail ($90 – $100). As we’re all waiting eagerly for Supernova to hit the shelves, I thought I’d share this video of an official Ardbeg tasting of Supernova in Munich. Lots of good tasting notes (and a very, very hard sell to the audience) about the quality of Supernova.
Those looking for a more objective judgment should check out this Whiskey Exchange post comparing Supernova and a few other Ardbegs to Bruichladdich’s super-peated expression The Octomore.
If you are an Ardbeg fan, I would also recommend checking out is this video interview of Rachel Barrie, Ardbeg’s Master Blender, with Jim Murray, author of the Whisky Bible. The two are discussing Ardbeg Uigeadail, voted whisky of the year in 2009: