Insider knowledge: Ardbeg Corryvreckan whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Ardbeg Corryvreckan whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Sticking plasters, buttery, creamy, roast chicken crisps, herbal, almost a hint of pine…
Palate: Cream, spices, tingling, fresh fruit, medicinal, plasters, Clementines. Orange peels.
Finish: Salty, more medicinal, smoked meats, peat is fleeting, tarmac, chilli, salt. Salty, more medicinal, smoked meats, peat is fleeting, tarmac, chilli, salt.
...and not as smooth. Nice, yes, but not quite as special (to my taste) as the Oogy. Perhaps the lack of sweetness?
Spot on from above. A glorious dram nonetheless, demanding slight more respect than the Ugedail.
What a wonderfully unique malt this is. Superb balance and taste. Islay at it's glorious best. Bruichladdich please note a good malt is about attention to detail, skill and above all patience. Not breakneck marketing. Ardbeg again to the fore.
This is a great dram but the Uigedail and Alligator offer a bit more from what you expect from Ardbeg.
I hosted a tasting for guests the weekend of my daughter's wedding. Two flights of three drams. The first flight was a brief tour: Balvenie DoubleWood; Aberlour A'bunadh; Highland Park 18 Years Old. All were nice and pleased. The second flight was all Ardbeg, my favorite distillery. We started with the Ten. It'd been a while since I'd had one and forgot how good it is. Then we opened an Oogy. Wow, very nice and full. But we finished with the Corry. By then the room was all peat. You knew there was Ardbeg about without putting your nose to a glass. Then we all tried the Corry. Silence prevailed. Everyone's eyes went wide with amazement. And the first words out of my mouth were, "Wow! That is the best thing I have ever tasted." At the reception they drained both the Oogy and the Corry. I now have two in my cupboard unopened and waiting for a very special occasion.
Bloody hell good whisky from Ardbeg as well as Uigeadail
Ardbeg,the name spells magic!!! I have tried the 10 Y.O and also other islay malts...but ardbeg corryvreckan is truly not for the faint hearted.A complex scotch with various moods involved.Its the most evocative expression of modern day malts...cheers!!
A delicious whisky,far superior to the 10 yr old we tasted at the Ayr whisky festival.this whisky was my favourite very smoky heavily peated but deliciously smooth,I strongly recommend this whisky absolutely beautiful
My first smell and taste of this, unadulterated, almost knocked me out. the only things i could smell at first was alcohol. The first taste was the same... it just straight up burned my mouth out. But, I added a touch of water, watched that settle in for a minute, and within a minute, it started becoming much more rich - not just in peat but in woody and salty smells. The taste evened out, and after about 10 minutes it was glorious.
As a drinking scotch, I don't know that I'd want to wait 10 minutes after pouring myself a drink before I can touch it (the required 3 for a Guinness is painful enough!), but the wait is definitely worth it.
Having the 10yo, Beastie, Corryvreckan, Uigeadail, Galileo, and Supernova on my shelf does make me one happy man. The Corryvreckan is fantastic, but it's not quite got the finish of the Beastie and will always suffer as it's been brought in as a replacement. It still gets 9 out of 10 though in my books!
"A true taste of Islay"... Bruichladdich have some astounding whiskies, but Ardbeg and Bruichladdich are totally different, I wouldn't say one is doing it right and one is doing it wrong. The world of whisky would be very boring if all distilleries did it the same.
Over the years (too more than I care to recall), I've tried most of the Ardbegs, including the Committee bottlings. The '77 had it for a while; the '78 was even actually better (although Jim seems to disagree). Oogy hit the spot big time, the Alligator snapped at Oogy's heels, but for me, Sassenach though I am, Corryvreckan is the one. Quite simply stated, this is as good as whisky gets. I liked the Beastie, Supernova was stellar. the regular 10 YO is my 10/10 everyday dram, but the Corryvreckan... Do yerself a favour and buy every bottle you can. This is whisky Nirvana!
another way overpriced scotch
So much scotch at 1/2 the price is just as good, save your money and buy two bottles of something else
Having saved up for an opportunity to purchase a bottle of this much talked about whisky, I have to admit that I wasn't 'wowed' beyond my experience of the Uigeadail. I get the impression this this whisky is 'over-designed' beyond the Uigeadail, containing too much of the manly chest-beating elements and thus losing its balance. A great dram nonetheless, but after due consideration, the Uigeadail offers greater complexity of flavours and value for money.
I was initially unimpressed after having been 'wowed' completely by the Uigeadail, but a second bottle turned me into a believer. There's something here, something raw and heavy yet perfectly enjoyable. I consider this to be what Laphroaig QC in my opinion tries and fails to be. There is richness here unlike the bland ashtray tar of the QC. There is a rock salt quality to its saline notes. There's the soot of a pyre, and of charred meat. This is not an everyday dram but I could never accuse it of being overengineered like the QC with its unpleasant young wood and bitter, clinging sweaty board/tar smell which all are familiar Laphroaig characteristics but twisted into cartoonish and overdone versions of themselves. Here the power compliments instead of messing things up, and the result is pretty unique.
I'm still in love with the Uigadail - but I might go for the second bottle as you say, and appreciate it for what it is. I do agree re your Laphroaig comments!