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Monday
Sep292014

Arbeg Supernova explodes on the scene...

Ardbeg Supernova 2014 / SN2014 / Committee Release has arrived.
750ml / 110 proof

 
 

The first edition was the peatiest Ardbeg ever, over 100ppm peat, and this new release matches that mark. Huge smokey aroma with a fantastic backbone of fruit and sweetness is the hallmark of this dram.

Distillery Tasting Notes:

Aroma: Intense zestiness of smoked lemons and pears, lemongrass and pine needles, embedded in a deep, resinuous, sticky waxy base.
Taste: Distinctively peppery, spicy and electric. Powerful peppermint, antiseptic lozenges and other familiar, medicinal tones. Dark, dark birch tar intermingles with spicy-sweet chilli flavoured chocolate, while the entire mouth and palate are coated in luscious linseed oil.
Finish: Rich flavours of tar, creosote, briar wood, spicy tobacco and liquorice root.
 

From the press relase

“Supernova will commemorate the return of Ardbeg’s pioneering research experiment in space, the launch coinciding with the date a vial of Ardbeg spirit will re-enter the earth’s atmosphere after nearly three years orbiting the globe aboard the International Space Station.   Having blasted off from earth in 2011, the spirit, from the island of Islay in Scotland, has been on a galactic journey – one destined to change the whisky industry forever!  Specially designed for the mission, a vial of Ardbeg has been orbiting the earth’s atmosphere at 17,227 miles per hour, 15 times a day for 1,045 days.
At the same time an identical vial has had a slightly easier journey, having been housed at Warehouse 3 at the Ardbeg Distillery on Islay to act as a control sample.
Now the two samples will be reunited in a laboratory in Houston, Texas to allow scientists to decipher the impact gravity has on the whisky maturation process. Scientists will compare the two samples, examining the interaction of the Ardbeg-crafted molecules with charred oak to document what differences occur between earth whisky and space whisky.”
 
This whisky is highly allocated and we don't forsee having it on the shelves for long.  $189.99 per bottle, limit one per person.

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