Blog's around the world picked up the vibrations of a stellar peat explosion, triggered by Islay's Ardbeg Distillery. John Hansell from Malt Advocate Magazine wrote about it, same did the Belgian website Whisky Notes, the Whisky magazine Forum and there will be more entries in the next hours and days.
What's happening or happened you might wonder.... It's not peat that has gone off in outer space, it's a new release by Ardbeg called Supernova and it's a peat monster. This is what Ardbeg wrote about it:
Ardbeg Supernova: Count your lucky stars youâ€™re a Committee Member, because here comes another celestial and very limited Committee Bottling: an exclusive test launch in advance of a wider non-Committee release at the end of May. Ardbeg Supernova is peated to an astonishing level of over 100 parts per million, making it the peatiest Ardbeg ever. After the lightly peated pleasures of Blasda, Supernova is a stellar explosion of aroma and flavour â€“ deep earthy peat oils, smoky coal tar, rolling tobacco, camomile, cedar and heather bloom. Hot, sizzling and gristy sensations effervesce on the tongue while pepper pops with chilli and chocolate. Heavenly! Ardbeg Supernova is available to order from 20 January 2009 for Â£65.