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