Ardbeg Supernova 2010 - best Scotch ever? Also, quick rundown of my Islay impressions
Just bought a bottle and am trying it for the first time. OMG! First reaction is it mixes the sweety smoothness of Laphroaig quarter cask with the deeper complexity of Ardbeg Uigeadail, and improves on both. Quick rundown:
Laphroaig 10 yr: by far the best "cheap" whisky; wonderful and savory
Ardbeg 10 yr: disappointing; will drink mainly when I'm out of Laph 10 yr
Laph Quarter Cask: supremely savory, pleasingly sweet
Ardbeg Uigeadail: Wonderful, best yet (vs above). just as savory as the Laph QC, not as sweet, more complex like Lagavuling
Laph Cask Strength: very rich, very strong, very spicy. Not as smooth or enjoyable as Laph QC. Envelopingly complex. But the spicyness detracts from the overall drinkability. This is not a whisky I would have 6 drams of in a row. Laph QC; I would.
Ardbeg Supernova 2010: Takes Uigeadail to the next level, above and beyond the Laphroaig noted above. Quite spicy on the finish, but the body and palate are so astonishingly savory that it really comes off well rounded. Especially noteworthy since this is the strongest Islay I've seen; at 60% alcohol, or 120 proof. Oughta be good, at $200 a bottle :-)
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