Type: Single Malt
Score: 91 points
This limited-edition release commemorates the return to Earth of an Ardbeg sample that spent three years in orbit as part of an experiment on board the International Space Station. As with the previous 2009 and 2010 Supernovas, this malt ranks among the most heavily-peated Ardbegs in recent years with a phenol level of more than 100 parts per million.
It shows on the nose, where the peat dominates along with notes of tar and creosote balanced by honey, heather, straw, and a hint of vanilla. The taste is thick and oily with a great peat smokiness and notes of creosote and heather on top of honey and vanilla. The finish is long and smoky. Very nice. (September, 2014)