Ardbeg Supernova Teaser

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:


What’s the Proper Way to Drink Whisky?

It’s a common question – how should you drink your whisky? With rocks or neat? Is a splash of water acceptable, and if so, when? Cut glass tumblers, or tulip shaped glasses to direct the nose? Here’s a video we found answering those questions (also featuring one of the Whisky Party’s local haunts, the Brandy Library here in New York City):

For more, check out this great video on how to drink whisky featuring Charles Maclean of SingleMaltTV.

Tasting Notes on Video

Here at Whisky Party, we are always looking for good tasting notes – particularly when it comes to Islay whisky. And we’re also a big fan of social media – Twitter, YouTube, etc. So today we went hunting around for the best tasting videos we could find on YouTube. That’s how we found IslayScotchWhisky and Peatluvr. These guys do pretty good video tastings, and we highly recommend them. Here are a few of our favorites:

IslayScotchWhisky – Ardbeg 10 year (with a nice discussion of coloring and chill-filtration)

Peatluvr – Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist:

Do you have any favorites when it comes to video tastings? Send us the URL and we’ll post them.