But for me both of those whiskies show that this race for the ppm-superlative is not the right way to go as the Supernova tastes just like a very peaty young Ardbeg and the Octomore is in my humble opinion not as good as PC7 for example.
I heard that the following regular Supernova-Release will coast more than 100 Euro. I don't need it at all for that price.
One year ago Ardbeg released a ten year old cask strenght for 50 Euro. Is peating barley this expansive or why to they charge twice the money for a much younger malt now?
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Willie JJ wrote:I prefer the Ardbeg. It is just a better spirit than Bruichladdich and no amount of peat can mask that. The real telling thing is that as soon as you add water to the Octo it collapses. The peat and the strength fend off the youth, but water just makes it a rubbery mess. The Ardie stands up much better to this treatment, although it is clearly still very young.
Willie, not to cause thread drift, but that's a very interesting comment regarding the spirit's reaction to water. Since I rarely add water to my whiskies (unless they're too much neat), I've never given this any thought even in the name of science...
How much weight do you give a whisky's ability to stand up to water when you judge its quality? Assuming you drink it neat, of course...
There are a few exceptions, but I tend to prefer my whiskies around 45% for old ones, 50% for young ones. It just seems to be the sweet spot for a balance between complexity and power.
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