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Ardbeg Supernova 2019 Committee Release

1st October 2019
Ardbeg to launch Supernova 2019 Committee Release exclusively to Ardbeg Committee members tomorrow.

Ardbeg Supernova 2019 Committee ReleaseFirst released in 2010 and most recently in 2015, fans of this peatiest of Ardbeg expressions will be pleased to hear that it will be making another return this year for Ardbeg Committee members only.

Tomorrow, 2nd October Ardbeg will release the Ardbeg Supernova 2019 Committee Release and this will not be followed up by a Ardbeg Supernova 2019 lower strength general public release later in 2019.

For the whisky fans amongst you that may have been living on the moon (sorry I count resist) and missed the previous Ardbeg Supernova releases, the Supernova Series is a collection of limited edition Ardbeg Committee favourites, first released in 2009 and most recently in 2015 to celebrate the groundbreaking Ardbeg space experiment. This experiment saw Ardbeg become the first whisky brand in space, where a vial of Ardbeg spirit orbited the earth for three years aboard the International Space Station.

Still in pursuit of the phenomenal, this year’s Supernova limited edition is said to challenge sensory perceptions of what a whisky can be, as it transports the taste buds to peaty parts unknown.

Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks at Ardbeg, said: "Supernova is the peatiest expression we produce at Ardbeg. The way the flavours build and build and then explode in a burst of pungent peat and smoke is truly astonishing."

Mickey Heads, Ardbeg Distillery Manager, said: "The incredible peat explosion in Supernova probably explains why these bottlings have been so popular with the Ardbeg Committee over the years. Supernova 2019 is the fifth edition in the series, and I’m sure it will be snatched up in no time at all."

Ardbeg Supernova 2019 Committee Release has been bottled at 53.8% ABV, it has a price tag of £140 and is exclusively available to Ardbeg Committee members.

It will be available from tomorrow 2nd October and UK Committee Members will receive an email with information on how to buy, online at Ardbeg.com

You will also find the current Ardbeg core whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Ardbeg Supernova 2019 Committee Release Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Clouds of pungent aniseed, menthol and eucalyptus are underscored with sweet notes of treacle toffee. Hints of peppermint, a frisson of fennel, and a mysterious camphorous scent in the far distance… With water, more toffee notes emerge with a burst of dry, earthy peat.

Taste: A tingly, peppery mouthfeel leads to a veritable explosion of intense, earthy, smoky notes – a nebular of bonfires, soot, charred oak, birch tar and menthol.

Finish: Unbelievably long, with layers of treacle toffee, aniseed, oak tannin, clove and just a hint of bittersweet, tangy Seville orange on the aftertaste.

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