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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

(70cl, 57.1%)
Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Awards for Corryvreckan


Liquid Gold Award - 2014

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible


Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Double Gold
Double Gold

Single Malt Scotch - to 12 Yrs - 2013

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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(61 Reviews)

Corryvreckan Bottling Note

Malt Advocate's Top Whisky of the Year for 2009!

This is one of the legendary Islay malts. We loved the Committee release and we weren't disappointed with this incredible dram. This was released to replace Airigh Nam Beist, choosing a more medicinal style over the creamier style of the beastie.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

Overall: Astonishing.

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    User Reviews of the Ardbeg Corryvreckan

    Batch variations

    I agree that batch variations can be huge in single malt world. But I think that's not a case with Corryvreckan. One thing to consider with these dense and cask strength malts is decanting. Very few whisky connoisseur talk about it. I haven't heard Jim Murray mention the decanting. Just pour the whole bottle into very clean container. Leave it for about an hour then pour back it to the bottle. I will notice the difference before and after. It will open up the whisky and brings out the best qualities of the malt. If it's a bad malt, you will notice that too. This may not be a solution what the previous commentator mentioned, but one thing to consider.

    18th June 2015

    Beware of batch variations

    Let me tell u of the six Corryvreckans I have bought in my life. The first I cant remember much about. I was new to Islay whisky and everything with smoke and peat in it was interesting. The second and third transported me to a beach where I had lit a small fire next to a pier that had just been pained with tar.I was barbecuing. Amazing, Corryvreckan is my favorite whisky I thought. The fourth and fifth rudly thew into a sour, unbalanced rhubarb field where angry chinamen tried to make me taste their sweet and sour sauce. The sixth is still on my shelf, unopened. It will determine if I will buy any more corryvreckans at all. If there is a 50/50 chance of a whisky being good or bad...its not worth my money no matter how good it can be half the times.

    12th June 2015

    Recommend Uigeadail Instead

    Color: Rich amber - if it wasn't Ardbeg I'd assume there were caramel coloring in the liquor. It's deceiving, as this whisky does not have a very significant depth of flavor or nose.

    Nose: Iodine, rum spices, sherry and dried fig or other sweet fruits, and perhaps banana? Caramel, and other sweet notes that are nostalgic of Christmas. Heavy notes of salt water, peat, smoked salmon, and other ocean smells - these almost overpower the sweetness of the nose, and make the malt a distinctly salty affari. Hints of burnt marshmallow and molasses, with a very medicinal character. The iodine and lacquer smells seep through the saltiness and burn the nose a little - there is not a strong alcoholic nose.

    Taste: Strong iodine, heavy smoke, with a peated note that is very subdued - very much reminds me of a Norwegian style smoked salmon, with a heavy flavor of dill and lemon? Does not have any sweetness or sherried notes that are found in the nose; this is a distinctly smokey and salty malt. The drink immediately numbs the tongue and the throat in a much stronger way than the Uigeadail or other peated malts I've enjoyed - I did not find this to be a desirable taste. Most of the flavor is found in the front of the palate, and do not linger around. There is a saltiness and seawater flavor that stays in the very back of the throat for a long while, but this is not as enjoyable when the malt is not tempered with the sweetness of the Uigeadail.

    The Corryvrecken is a very expensive bottle of scotch, which I feel is inferior to the Uigeadail as it lacks all of the sweetness and balance. If you were to match this scotch with a salty meal, like a salmon fillet, it would probably augment the flavors of the meal; otherwise, I think this is a rather unpleasant sipping scotch - it makes me physically thirsty for a tall glass of cold water. If you're really looking for an Islay without sweetness, but that is more enjoyable, I would recommend the Lagavulin 18 as it has many of the smoky and salty characteristics of the Corryvrecken, without overpowering your palate - particularly if you're already set on spending over a hundred dollars on a bottle.

    24th May 2015

    Better than 10 but not as good as Uigeadail

    Has all of the good things that you would expect from Ardbeg but very dry. Peat monster for sure, smoke, tar, some odd citrus notes, not as sweet as Uigeadail, which I prefer. I like everything else straight, including Uigeadial, but this one is so potent that it needed a tough of water to knock back the tongue-numbing alcohol burn.

    17th May 2015

    Smokey, spicy, beautiful

    The awards it's gotten til now should speak for itself..but I had to say this, the corryvreckan is amazing. simply amazing dram

    7th April 2015

    One of many of Islay's stunning drams

    This, like all other Ardbeg's is simply stunning. Unless you have developed a plate for single malt Scottish whisky then tread very carefully.This is not a dram for the novice.
    But if you are getting into the more robust, complex drams out there then this will really grab you!
    All of the Islay whisky's are fantastic in my view, which is why I drink the stuff.
    And visit the island several times yearly.
    Its a beautiful, unspoilt island with very welcoming, friendly people.
    And I hope very little changes.Ever.

    7th March 2015

    Wonderfuly, rich, smokey

    Wonderfully smoky, sweet with fruity understones which shine out when you add a drop of water

    5th February 2015


    So complex, transforming taste. This is close to perfection to me.

    25th December 2014

    bbq, ne1?

    amazing, sweet, smokey - DEFINITELY present are crazy bbq notes! but what actually surprised me more was just how sweet the sweetness is; and that without being cloying/saccharine. everything blended together in a most heavenly fashion.
    i will definitely purchase another bottle after i have explored more whiskies!

    19th December 2014

    Very good

    A brief review after my first taste. Reminds of Laphroaig QC but a little sweeter and not so phenolic. Lots of alcohol burn so adding some water is a must for my palate. Nose is smokier than the Laphroaig. The Whisky seems a little rough, perhaps a 8-10 yr old.
    The Laphroaig in my opinion is a better bargain and also more flavorful. Maybe that will change as I explore this a little more over the next month. Overall, a very nice Whisky.

    5th December 2014


    Without a doubt one of the best whiskeys I've ever tasted. if you even remotely like Islay wiskey, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.

    2nd December 2014

    not for newb

    I've been trying various whiskly offerings over the past year since a trip to Scotland got me interested. This bottle was a present so I had not done any research. To me I was overwhelmed by the scent of medicine or disinfectant and smoke. I note that it did mellow out in a few minutes and I got through to a harsh but tasty salty and smokey flavors. I readily admit that I am inexperienced but this one is not for me.

    28th November 2014

    Re: Still no place like home

    HAHAHAHAHA, Good idea, stick to your yorkshire garbage. Idiots. Can't get enough of this!

    26th November 2014

    Doubling down on the stupid by posting a dumb-ass travel review not once but TWICE... least gave me an excuse to double down on the glorious brain-bleach called Corryvreckan. An astounding whisky indeed!

    20th November 2014

    Re: Still no place like home

    Did you do any research before going out of country (assuming you aren't from Scotland)? It takes very little time to see how folks from other parts of the world interact with visiting folks. Also, you would have found that the islands aren't Disneyland if that's what you were looking for. If you wanted flat islands and possibly rain, then you went to the right place.
    Islay scotches have a certain flavor-base that are either loved or hated.

    14th November 2014

    "Cantie and couthie and kindly, the best" - forgot the rating!

    If you can tear yourself away from the excitement of the fleshpots of Filey there's many a worse place to be than Islay. The only drink is Whisky, the best come from Islay, the best of these are labelled Ardbeg and the Corrie is outstanding.

    12th October 2014

    "Cantie and couthie and kindly, the best"

    If you can tear yourself away from the excitement of the fleshpots of Filey there's many a worse place to be than Islay. The only drink is Whisky, the best come from Islay, the best of these are labelled Ardbeg and the Corrie is outstanding.

    12th October 2014

    Still No Place Like Home.

    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.

    7th October 2014


    AMAZING!!!! This was included in a package-Regular 10 year Ardbeg, a wee dram of Corryvreckan, and a wee dram of Uigeadal. Hubby and i taste-tested the Corryvreckan last night. WOW!!!! The aroma is amazing! I actually tasted some fig and apricot in there. Love it!

    26th September 2014

    The One

    If I had to pick one item to be in my liquor cabinet for the rest of my days, this would be it. All the flavors fit so perfectly, the smoke is outstanding, and the cask-strength bottling wins outright. I'd be interested in comparing some of the Laphroaig offerings if they were at cask strength, but unfortunately they're not so Ardbeg wins. (Well kind of, except in reality I do get to pick more than one so....)

    2nd September 2014


    Why in the hell is someone reviewing a trip to Islay here? Morons. Seriously though, idiots aside, this is a great, full bodied whisky with intense peat.

    28th August 2014

    Real Value

    Although this is relatively young whisky, I think you get real value for your money. It's amazing how Ardbeg can maintain this level of quality year after year. Praise the master blender!

    15th August 2014


    I am confused why you would book a holiday based on a distillery if you clearly don't like whisky. I enjoyed this greatly. I have thou I admit never been to Islay.

    1st August 2014

    great Ardbeg

    You buy what you expect and so much more. A gorgeous malt with so much richness and flexibility. Enjoy it as it comes from the bottle and although the 57%, you will get a rich taste not dominated by alcohol. Impressive tastes of chocolade, fruit, all surrounded by tasteful smokey elements which are milder than the usual 10 yrs old medicine like Ardbeg. With drops of water this malt is my absolute favourite. Got it from a friend and to be true, everytime I try the bottle, I find new nuances of taste. A surprise to your nose and mouth, give it a try.

    26th July 2014

    No Place Like Home!

    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

    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

    Only Uigeadail is Better in my View

    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

    Best Ever

    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

    A Case in Point

    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

    The best I've had

    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

    One of the best!

    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

    The best Ardbeg for me!

    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

    A Formidable Dram!

    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


    Nuff said

    18th December 2013

    Only for the experienced drinker!

    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.
    James Saxon

    29th October 2013

    To expectation and experience

    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

    what's the difference between a review and a namedrop?

    User above does not know. Can anyone help him?

    17th October 2013

    Expectation and experience

    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

    A salty Ardbeg.

    Not my favourite, great whisky by all means, but I prefer the Galileo and/or the Uigeadail.

    22nd August 2013

    Salt Maple Lemon & Ash

    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

    Nice One - Ardbeg has done it again.

    Another great Islay Whisky, this one with a touch of salt and alot of peat! Very nice indeed.
    /Mike Sthlm Sweden

    29th May 2013

    Nicely put

    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

    Get a second bottle

    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

    A lovely dram......but

    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

    Ultimate Ardbeg

    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

    Fantastic, but not quite the Beastie

    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

    It took a while to open up

    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

    Harshwardhan V.A

    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

    A fine dram indeed.

    Absolute nectar!

    2nd November 2011

    Best I've Ever Tasted

    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

    Not an Uigeadail or Islay-gator

    This is a great dram but the Uigedail and Alligator offer a bit more from what you expect from Ardbeg.

    28th August 2011

    A True Taste Of Islay!

    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

    Prefer the Uigedail as well

    Spot on from above. A glorious dram nonetheless, demanding slight more respect than the Ugedail.

    7th December 2010

    A lot saltier than the Uigedail...

    ...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

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