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Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2014
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Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2013
What's in a name? Ardbeg Corryvreckan whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Ardbeg Corryvreckan whiskey, rather than 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.
After reading all the reviews and hearing so much about Islay and particularly Ardbeg whisky we decided to spend a week there in June '14. What an absolute disappointment. We found the locals very unfriendly, the Island absolutely boring and the whisky quite dreadful. From now on we will happily stay at our favourite place Filey and stick to our favourite drink a pint of glorious Yorkshire Bitter.
26th June 2014
Great scotch, but this price is ridiculous.
What a shame they rip you off so blatantly.
Shame on you masters of Gouge.
30th May 2014
Oh my thank god i still have a bottle of this tucked away at home. Had this for the first time in Edinburgh and only the Uigeadail is better than all the ardbegs i have tried. If you see it get it
17th May 2014
New-ish scotch drinker, made it through most of the popular Glen-whatevers and macallans. For the Islays, I first tried the L's: Laphroaig 18 and QC, and Lagavulin 16 and DE, and ranked them as [Lap 18, Lap QC, Lag DE, Lag 16] for me personally, with both Laps being the best scotches I've ever had. But the two Laps were so close that the QC was definitely the better value. So I tried the Corry and Oogy the following week. Oogy goes somewhere in the middle, a little too sweet like a combo of Macallan and an Islay, but the Corry just blew away the entire field. Best scotch I've ever had. Similar to the Laps in peatiness, similar to the Oogy in complexity, but without being too sweet--it feels like its own flavor rather than a combo of two others. Perfect.
29th April 2014
i would like to see, and most of all smell and taste the better one. at more or less the same price if possible. any suggestions? and dont say uigeadail :P this was my ALLMOST first bottle of good whisky and is still the best aftertaste after a minute or ten. i mean really..
13th April 2014
The reviewer below 'patchman56' claims that it is snobbish to say a whisky such as Ardbeg Corryvreckan should only be reviewed by educated persons. I have to say having read patchman56's comments then I believe he has proved NOT disproved James Saxon's statement. For instance we are discussing whisky NOT whiskey. Please get it right if you want to comment. You begin by saying "I by any means is not an expert"??? Point proved!
30th March 2014
I by any means is not an expert on whiskey--- but to state this whiskey should only be reviewed by educated drinker-- is very unfair and quite snobbish-- I take offense to that statement--- whiskey can be enjoyed by anyone--- this is a great whiskey the balance between high abv-- smoke and peat is exceptional-- for the price there are few that compete--- it's slightly better than Uigeadial--- I have 75 bottles of Scotch to my collection and this remains my top ten along with Laphroaig 18 -25 ; Highland 18-- and an Indian whiskey Amrut Fusion for $60.00 that competes with the best Scotch--- who decides who is the expert when it comes to taste--- who decides what is best--- no one but you---to let only the select few decide whould be censorship and the worst thing that could happen to any product----I'm patchman56 thd non-expert and proud of it
1st March 2014
I'll admit I will not be soon trying any of the older very expensive scotches. But for all I've tried under $80 or so Corryvreckan is undoubtedly the best. Strong, alcoholic, peat, smoke, dark fruit combine to make this a surreal dram. I'm also a fan of Uigedail, but for me the Corryvreckan is superior. Yum!
28th February 2014
This has to be one of the best whiskies I have ever tried. I am an avid drinker of a dram or two and have come to taste many and personally for me, this hits all the spots in the right place.
The nose is exceptional. The smokiness like maple bacon oven grilled with layers of creaminess is just unctuous.
The Taste is mind blowing. Lots of good smoke nothing too powerful or strong as some whiskies I have tried. Very good balance between alcohol and the smoke reminiscence of smoked meats with buttery mouthfeel.
Taste: exceptional finish, lingers lengthily.
Very good whisky 10/10
18th February 2014
I agree the the "Only for the experienced drinker!".
If you drink more common whiskies, you probably don't like this one.
Also, if you like the more softer and sweeter whiskies, you may not like this one. I think this whisky is for the people who would like to try new things, to find some spiciness and something to blow your mind :)
Still, this is only my opinion;)
14th February 2014
I've always loved Ardbeg 10 and Corryvreckan definitely kicks things up a notch with even more intense flavour. A big peaty, medicinal nose followed by smokey peat, citrus, tar, smooth sweet wine flavours which when combined with the peat give interesting sherbet and liquorice flavours. Intriguing and incredibly complex. At 57.1% a tiny dash of water is highly recommended.
29th January 2014
18th December 2013
I really think whiskies as good as this Ardbeg should be reviewed by the more experienced and educated drinker. It cannot in my humble option be fully appreciated by the average or uneducated whisky drinker. There is of course I suppose nothing to stop you buying it if you want to.
29th October 2013
isn't sarcasm the lowest form of wit? it would be great if you gave us your thoughts on this whisky and the ones you mentioned and Ardbeg in general.
as for me, I love the Corryvreckan, I have already bought a second bottle. It is a deep, rich and beautifully balanced whisky.
25th October 2013
User above does not know. Can anyone help him?
17th October 2013
Please read the following with a dry sarcasm.
"This whisky doesn't taste anything like an experience i had with another product in the past. This whisky doesn't meet my expectation of what i expected it to be compared with judgements based on previous experience.
Please read the following after taking a few deep breaths and an open mind.
FACT: Today, I tried these bottlings at the Ardbeg distillery warehouse. These bottlings were:
1974 28yo cask 3498. 40.1%
1989 24yo cask 16 52.7%
1975 38yo cask 1379 54.7%
Did they taste like other Ardbegs?
Did they taste 'Ardbegy'
Did they meet expectation?
What should ones expectations of these Ardbeg offerings be?
Should one have expectations of any future whisky releases?
Did any of these taste like an Uigeadail or a Corryvreckan.
How does the Corryvreckan rate against a 1974 28yo Ardbeg.
Do you know any of the answers to these questions?
How much do you know about Ardbeg?
How much do you know about Whisky?
How much do you know?
To others, how objective and valuable are your reviews?
10th October 2013
This is a sweaty one for certain. Perhaps less complex than it's Uigey little brother, but still a solid choice in its price range. It's hard to go wrong in the Islay.
30th August 2013
Not my favourite, great whisky by all means, but I prefer the Galileo and/or the Uigeadail.
22nd August 2013
A saltier and sharper Ardbeg. Nose stings; palate sweetness fades to salt and then nuts; back to tang in the finish. Ample smoke. This is a more serious Ardbeg. Bottle aging brings thicker and sweeter vanilla.
8th August 2013
Tried 'em all. Even the 'just re-opened' specials.The unadulterated joys of 'Still Young' on my jaded palette. But for me, this is stunning. Too good for the masses - please keep quiet before it all sells out! My thanks to the sneaky, negative, commentators above - trying to distract you leaving more for them to buy....
1st August 2013
Another great Islay Whisky, this one with a touch of salt and alot of peat! Very nice indeed.
/Mike Sthlm Sweden
29th May 2013
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!
3rd May 2013
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.
2nd May 2013
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.
29th April 2013
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
7th April 2013
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!
30th November 2012
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.
7th November 2012
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.
21st June 2012
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
11th June 2012
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!!
1st May 2012
Bloody hell good whisky from Ardbeg as well as Uigeadail
29th March 2012
2nd November 2011
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.
18th September 2011
This is a great dram but the Uigedail and Alligator offer a bit more from what you expect from Ardbeg.
28th August 2011
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.
6th April 2011
Spot on from above. A glorious dram nonetheless, demanding slight more respect than the Ugedail.
7th December 2010
...and not as smooth. Nice, yes, but not quite as special (to my taste) as the Oogy. Perhaps the lack of sweetness?
30th November 2010