This October, Ardbeg will unleash what the brand calls its smokiest whisky ever: Ardbeg Hypernova.
With phenol levels in excess of 170 ppm, Ardbeg Hypernova has a nose of creosote with soot and tar, the company reports. On the palate, a peppery mouthfeel leads into sweet chocolate, peppermint, peat smoke, bitter almonds and burst of spices like aniseed and clove. The finish has heavy smoke, before returning to earthy notes of roasted coffee and smoked heather.
“Hypernova turns on the afterburners and hauls our spirit into smoky new depths,” says Colin Gordon, Ardbeg’s Distillery Manager. “Highly experimental, this whisky is peaty and intense, with a taste that’s totally surreal. This spirit is not just a slice of Ardbeg history, it’s a once in a lifetime event . . . not to be missed!”
Available exclusively to members of the Ardbeg Committee, Ardbeg Hypernova will be available online and in Embassies from October 2022. For those who visit the distillery, there will be a small number of bottles ready to buy in person. Fans can join the Ardbeg Committee at Ardbeg.com/committee. Membership is free.
The suggested retail price for Ardbeg Hypernova is $199.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
“This is without a doubt the smokiest Ardbeg ever,” says Ardbeg’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, Dr. Bill Lumsden. “We wanted to really push the boundaries this time and boldly go where Ardbeg has never ventured before. A hypernova is a collapsing star explosion so powerful it threatens the fabric of the galaxy – while I don’t think this whisky will tear a hole in space and time, it’s certainly bursting with fantastically peaty flavor.”