Distiller: Ardbeg. 60.1% ABV. NAS. Region: Islay.
Sweet sweet Supernova 2010. We hardly knew ye. Endearing to think this was the peatiest thing on Earth in those innocent pre-Octomore days.
Hadn’t tasted this in at least a year — really trying to make what’s left of the bottle last — but boy, does it hold up. That familiar phenolic blast up front, brine, but honeyed, and almost a delicacy to the flood of sweet smoke that follows, like a hookah with a pine-log campfire inside.
The follow-up 2014 edition was a letdown for many, but I’ll miss this one when it’s gone. – BO