Ardbeg Supernova 2015
Supernova 2015 is pale yellow, amber straw in appearance. It's like the gold in a ring, pale chardonnay, or ginger ale.
Unlike the color, this single malt has a bold nose led by with peat, smoke and fumes and then supported afterwards with citrus (especially lime), toffee, chocolate, and vanilla.
This cask strength dram also has a bold taste with oily salt, pepper, sage, heather, tobacco, and honey in addition to the traditional smoke, peat, and creosote one expects from Ardbeg.
The long complex finish is dominated by salt, pepper, lime, and tobacco with an undercurrent of sweet honey that lasts far beyond the typical single-malt finish.
Complex, stimulating, and enjoyable. Ardbeg Supernova is a hit and that's well worth tasting. Its flavor is bold and strong but lacking a little in complexity.