This was released in 2014 as a follow up to the Supernova releases from 2009 and 2010 which were very heavily petaed. For this release, Ardbeg used some sherry cask whiskies in the vatting to help add some complexity to the heavily peated stock. It was bottled at 55% ABV.
Nose: Sour malt, pickled cabbage, loads of brine with clay and rubber. Peat is there, but honestly falls more in the background surprisingly given this is so heavily peated. Perhaps the sherry casks really tamed the peat here.
Palate: Smoked meats and big peat with a little tobacco.
Finish: Fades quickly with dry oak and extinguished matches – peat lingers for awhile.
Rating: 82/100 – Nose is quite strange, and palate/finish are similar to the Corryvreckan.
Value for the money: These were $150+ at retail which is too steep. I’d like to see this around $80-$90.