Ardbeg Supernova 2015

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Space the final frontier. Ardbeg Supernova 2015 the final release. Can’t help but think something like that was going on in the heads of the marketing department at Ardbeg. This is indeed the final release of the Supernova series. At least Ardbeg says so. In case you are unfamiliar, the idea behind the Supernova series is to experiment with unusually high peat levels (even for an Ardbeg). They were at one time touted to be the peatiest of whiskies but the Bruichladdich Octomore sort of muscled into that category. Regardless of the peat arms race, these are uncontested peat beasts. Not for the faint of heart or palate.

This release coincided with the publishing of the results from their famous space whisky experiment in which they sent vials of Ardbeg spirit into space with cask shavings to see how microgravity effects whisky maturation. Seem a little far fetched in concept? Well yeah. Basically the owner of NanoRacks, a company producing specialized space lab equipment, approached Ardbeg/ Dr. Bill Lumsden about sending some of their whisky into space. Presumably to attain a life time’s worth of free whisky or something like that. I’ll have to devise some scheme to do just the same.

 

Distillery: Ardbeg Distillery

Age: NAS

ABV: 54.3%

Price: £125

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Kilchoman Sauternes 4th Club Release 2015

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Oh boy! I was excited when I saw the news about this one! A heavily peated sauternes cask whisky? Yes please! Kilchoman? Yes please! This is the 4th club release from Kilchoman, which may mean that we will see a larger general release much like the Madeira cask expression. Let’s hope!

Update! As of September 2016 Kilchoman haqve launched their first general release of the Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured.

This release came from 3 Sauternes casks which resulted in only 909 bottles. Distilled in January of 2011 and bottled in 2015, the whisky is 4 years old. Oh yeah full maturation! Not finished.

Distillery: Kilchoman Distillery

Age: NAS (but really 4 years)

Distill Date: January 2011

Bottle date: 2015

Cask: Sauternes Casks

ABV: 60%

Price: £75

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Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured

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Woot woot!  Madeira and Kilchoman! The day has come! As some may know Kilchoman released a bit of a teaser of this release for the 3rd club release in 2014 which was also matured in Madeira casks. This particular batch is comprised of whisky fully matured in 17 first fill Madeira casks. Distilled in 2011 and bottled in 2015, these should be about 4 years old. Young by normal whisky standards but Kilchoman march to their own tune and have been doing it very well.

 

Distillery: Kilchoman Distillery

Age: NAS (But most likely 4 years)

Distill Date: 2011

Bottling Date: 2015

Cask: Madeira Casks

ABV: 50%

Price: £81

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