Whisky Review: Ardbeg Supernova 2019

Editor’s Note: This whisky was provided to us as a review sample by Ardbeg. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

The Ardbeg distillery was founded in 1815 by John Macdougall on the island of Islay (pronounced ‘eye-lah’). As with many other distilleries there have been a number of owners over the years and a lot of ups and downs. One thing has remained consistent, the name and the unique letter A that’s been trademarked.

2019 brought to the retail market a limited release of Ardbeg Supernova. Said to be the peatiest whiskey in the Ardbeg line up, it has been described as a “peat bomb” or “peat explosion.” It was last seen on retail shelves back in 2015 as part of a celebration to mark the brand sending some of spirit into space to orbit the Earth for three years about the International Space Station.

Ardbeg Supernova 2019

Ardbeg Supernova 2019 (image via Ardbeg)

Tasting Notes: Ardbeg Supernova 2019

Vital Stats: This single malt whisky matured in ex-bourbon barrels is 100% malted barley. Released October 2019; Limited release; Non chill-filtered at 53.8% ABV; no age statement; 750 ml; $180 MSRP.

Appearance: Pale bronze

Nose: It’s a full body peat that wafts into your nose. The smell is quite voluptuous, strong, yet pleasant. To me, there is not a “knock your socks off” smokey peat smell nor is it acrid. For a scotch, the smell seems very balanced between peat and sweetness which seems weird for the being the peatiest whisky brand.

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Palate: The flavor of this single malt scotch is very buttery and spicy with a smoky finish. It’s very smooth going down. For possibly being one of the peatiest whiskies in the world this is one of the smoothest I’ve ever encountered.

The Takeaway


With Ardbeg Supernova every sip is a journey, from the nose to the lips to the back of the throat the flavor changes. The flavors smolder in your mouth and are very long lasting. The aftertaste shines with a eucalypts afterglow. I'm not a big scotch fan but this one is very drinkable to me for an Islay. A small sip gives a strong flavor. If you are a scotch fan and you've never had this one, it's a must for sure.

User Rating 3.46 (35 votes)