Well I got my 12 bottles of the beast delivered today, still wondering if I should crack one open and try it.......................
That should be an easy one
BTW, distillery manager Michael Heads at Ardbeg said exactly what is mentioned above, that after distillation the peat hovers in the mid twenties. I wonder what that is for Laphroaig and Octomore.
What should be certain is that the Octomores have the highest peating levels before distillation and secondly after those, the Ardbeg Supernovas tick in well above the ordinary Kildaltons. I must say, tasting either of Octomore and Supernova's I'm not sure which I find the peatiest. In a way the Octomore seemed so "clean" in its pure peaty character, whereas the Supernova First edition has imho a higher degree of complexity amidst a very dense, peaty character but I find it hard to distinguish which I found the peatiest. They are both very well balanced and highly recommended. The 2010 Supernova to me, was a bit of a letdown upon the first edition. Strangely, I seem to find the Port Charlotte's of Bruichladdich to taste nearly as peaty, though I believe they were "only" peated to around 40 ppm iirc.
Perhaps the distillation process eliminates a high degree of the phenols, that account for the extra level of peatiness, that are found right after malting in the Octomore/Supernova? I don't know.