This is somewhat of a new thing that has been taking place online, a group tasting of the same whisky, at the same time, and all participants commenting on Twitter while doing it. I followed along on one last year and this year I got invited to be part of #Suopernova2014. Ardbeg is definitely not my first choice when looking for a bottle of whisky at the liquor store but when I have an opportunity to try it I will never pass it up, it is one of the best when it comes to quality heavily peated whisky from Scotland.
This twitter tasting was organised by my friend Whiskylassie from Saint John. It had 21 tweeters opening up their provided sample at 5pm and starting the online conversation. We had a few rules like not starting early and following along at the same pace, if possible. Below are a few of the tweets from the tasting.
A lot of earth and swamp on the palate. I’ve only woken up in a few muck holes but this takes me back!
Still quite sweet and candied on the palate. Citric and licorice-rich. And let’s face it…smoke, smoke and smoke.
Finish is short, but the peat forces it longer. Antiseptic throat lozenges and ash. Hints of fattiness and boggy earth
Some of these descriptors would NEVER convince me to taste this: blood, tar, creosote, sweat sock?
And back to the nose…Sitting around a cedar campfire, throwing on a few blocks of damp Islay peat & some lemons & pears LOL
This bottle of Supernova will be a hard to find and tough to buy at $245.99 a bottle and not one I will be looking for but it was a very good dram. This was a cask strength bottle at 55% ABV but felt more like a 46 to me, did not need any water at all which was surprising as I do like to add a bit of water when the ABV gets over 46%.
My notes which I don’t do often are:
Nose: medicinal, iodine, licorice, sweet tropical like the taste of a green banana peel.
Taste: metallic like a penny or blood in your mouth, sweet anise, smoke and a nice amount of tame peatyness.
Finish: very strong and spicy for a few seconds then quickly fading to a long dry mouth feel with lingering peat for quite some time, I think I can still feel it hours later.
I hope things like this continue and if you get a chance to be involved, do it.
Thanks to @Whiskylasie and Ardbeg for making this possible.