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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

(70cl, 57.1%)

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

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Ardbeg Corryvreckan Bottling Note

Powerfully peaty and immensely satisfying, Ardbeg's Corryvreckan is what happens when the distillery of Islay's Kildalton Coast aims to make a whisky with a particularly medicinal style than its usual expressions. Aptly named after a nearby whirlpool, Corryvreckan is an intense dram that we simply love.

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.

Overall: Astonishing.

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Ardbeg Corryvreckan Reviews

Outstanding smoky whisky

One of Ardbegs most peated whiskies. Great taste if you are into the smoky style. You may want to add a drop of water for the first glass to get used to it. Perfect holiday drink.

10th October 2020

Another correction. Too much Corryvreckan??

I meant to write French oak barriques, not French wine barriques. No more whisky for me!

27th August 2020

A bit of a puzzle

I'll start by saying that I enjoy Islay malts and have enjoyed more bottles than I can remember. I hadn't tried this particular Ardbeg so I thought it about time that I did. Having read many reviews and savoured other Ardbegs in the past, I had high expectations. So, with Corryvreckan we have an NAS whisky presented at roughly 57.1%, non-chillfiltered but, strangely, not natural colour. It's a vatting of bourbon casks and french wine barriques and is described by Arbeg as their most "challenging". Now, I'm not sure that as I sit to relax and enjoy a dram that I want to be challenged. I do, though, love a big, meaty, peaty drams like Laproaig 10yo cask strength or a 50% 10yo Port Charlotte. However, I found this Corryvreckan to be a bit concocted in order to "challenge". Surprisingly, I found it to be a bit thin in body - not having the oily viscosity I was looking for. Yes, there was plenty of smoke and medicinal flavours but they didn't hang together well, I felt. Lastly, if you nose the empty glass once you've finished, there is an aroma that is not altogether pleasant which lingers in your nostrils. Puzzling! So I have my bottle and I'll finish it (obviously) but no more for me.

27th August 2020

Expensive disappointment

Really disappointing after Ardbeg 10, more expensive, but lacks character. Wood dominates, it tastes like matured in brandy casks, even though to my knowledge it´s not. In comparison to 10, it lacks that sweet, smoky, oily and peaty flavour of 10. Not too burning, somehow thin, water adds nothing to it.

Aftertaste is a bit similar than Laphroaig OCs smoky ash and tar, but only a distant echo of it, very lame.

If you are a friend of smoky and peaty Islay whisky, avoid this. With that price tag, I would never recommend this whisky to anyone.

24th August 2020

Most interesting malt in my memory

How has nobody mentioned the salted butter long long aftertaste? Shouldn't work but its amazing. Very comple malt, a lot going on in there and nothing dominates, more just let's you sample each flavour as a part of the whole. Love it. For me, best Ardbeg? Definitely. Best whisky? Yeah probably.

8th August 2020

An acquired taste for medicinal smoke

This is possibly the smokiest Scotch I ever consumed, and you will ever consume.

Nose: overwhelming smokiness; intense; sharp
Taste: liquid charcoal; smooth; some butter scotch; long lingering finish; harsher over time

19th July 2020

Herbal and medicinal: quite a blunt instrument

Can’t be as flowery as the previous description but it is intensely medicinal, a bit like Port Charlotte PC10 but I think that is a tad smoother and less of a battering ram on the palate. Having said that... I’m enjoying it with a tad more water than normal to blunt its intensity a little!

9th June 2020

Amended review

I wrote the below ‘too popular..’ review and have since re-tasted.

My below review was too harsh but I stand by the sentiment; it does not seem as kick ass impressive as a few years ago (explosive peppercorn pop type finish - sensation not taste - is toned down and while not completely gone it seems smoother) and there remains a white spirity edge to the nose.

However it does have more depth when drunk without L10CS as a direct reference.

Maybe being new to whisky I’m just experiencing for the first time the normal changes over time found in the industry. Sorry Ardbeg!

9th June 2020

Too popular to maintain consistency ??

The Corryvrecken I tried today is not the same Corryvrecken I was impressed by a year or so ago. Too much white spirit (drink, not cleaning fluid) on the nose and the finish dies away without any real fireworks. Did I imagine it having so much more to offer before ??

Cask Strength Laphroaig 10 just blew it away. Literally.

7th June 2020

Wonderful stuff

I absolutely love this whisky. I’d drink it instead of coffee if I could afford it.

23rd April 2020

Buy Ardbeg 10 Instead

To0 much burn & not enjoyable! It's great on the nose & you think wow this is gonna be good but then you have to add so much water to make it drinkable it then takes all the flavour away. All you have left is just smoke which is a shame as it then lacks on the finish.

With all the good reviews I thought this was going to be the one but I found this overrated & not worth the extra price tag. I have tried all of the range & Ardbeg 10 is by far the best of the bunch which has everything in one bottle. Stick with the 10 you can't go wrong.

9th April 2020


Picked the bottle up in teh Dublin duty free, as it's not available in Ontario. Very pleased.
I tend to love the intensely smoky, peaty whiskies. This is different, but not completely. There's a good hit of smoke, and a woody bite. I really like it.

28th March 2020


For me, easily the best whisky in Ardbeg's core range (I don't care for the sherried sweetness in the Uigeadail). At 57% abv it's not for the faint-hearted. There is however definitely an idiosyncratic note, which almost reminds me of cask-aged grappa (I suppose this is from the portion aged in ex-wine casks) which I think is what some drinkers are reacting negatively to. I'm looking forward to tasting it next to the new Blaaack committee release (also featuring ex-wine casks).

16th March 2020

Read the review titled "Not sure."

The review that says "Not sure" could have been written by me. It's my exact thoughts. Glad I tried it. Won't recommend or buy again. Not a patch on lagavulin 16.

21st January 2020

No thank you.

Not a fan. The medicinal quality is what hit me hardest. I spent years in a cadaver lab in medical school, and this scotch reminds me of the smell that would linger on my clothes long after I left. Probably why I can’t drink this stuff.

31st December 2019

Not Sure.

I like big OTT Islay whiskies so was looking forwards to this but I’m a bit conflicted. It’s a bit like being hit in the face with a burning peat briquette on a beach in a storm, and not necessarily in a good way. I don’t find this as good as Uigeadail, and certainly not worth the extra £15. It’s a good, strong, serious Islay malt but neat it’s a bit much for me, and lacks subtlety. A splash of water calms it down a bit, but I wouldn’t buy it again, whereas I could drink Uigeadail all day long.

22nd November 2019

Nectar of the Gods

This scotch delivers in the nose and palate. Sweet fruity notes cuts through the smoky edge and delivers a warm and delightful infusion of French oak tannins and peat.
My favorite Ardbeg expression.

7th November 2019


The best I've had!

31st October 2019

Smoked ginger bomb

Currently my favourite core range Ardbeg. Intense glacé ginger and orange peel nose, Bandaids, long peppery finish, smoke. So much to savour.

5th October 2019

The hype is justified

A magical whisky that changes with every passing minute. Although 56% ABV, tasting it neat won't bleed your nose if you are an Islay lover but definitely kick your ass of you're not. Like other Islay, it definitely becomes sweet once your senses get past the smoke. But for me, the peat, a floral note and sweetness stays till the end... Oh.... Dont forget to add a dash of water ..... Thank you Ardbeg for making this... The hype is justified....👍👍👍

22nd September 2019

Absolutely gorgeous

Ohhh – this is wonderful stuff. Similar to Uigeadail, but infused with soft wisps of a western isle smoke-house, while the sherry influence has been toned down and blended with lighter, fruitier bourbon. Absolutely gorgeous.

20th September 2019


An array of flavors and aromas - all of them pleasing - altogether a beautiful dram.

9th September 2019

This whisky takes you to places...

Its like eating smoked salmon in the blooming orchard next to an old trainyard. Wow! I Bought this whisky from Munich airport, price was only 48 Euros. Best 48 Euros ever spent...

23rd July 2019


On the nose it's a intense peppercorn, candied ginger, pear, sharpee, and fresh pine. Holding it in your mouth there is an immediate burn from the alcohol. This thing is HOT. Peaty, woody, salty, a lot of layers of smoke and fresh wood chips. Lingering burn, lingering wooden dryness. What a treat.

7th June 2019

A beauty well worth trying

A really great, interesting whisky. The nose is nice, quite fiery, definitely got a lot of the herbal & pine notes. The palate is extraordinary, suprisingly sweet and light but, after a few seconds, this gives way to a spicey, zesty punch. The finish is great if you like Islay whiskys, a salty, peaty, smoky impact which recedes to reveal a calmer, more subtle hit of cured, sweetish meat with a kick peppercorn.

Really enjoying it thus far - have had the 10 yr, Uig, and Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Laphroaig 10, Lagavulin 16 (which I really did not like), thus far this is the best Islay expression I've had.

28th May 2019

Very good, very intense

This is a great Ardbeg. Very intense creamy smoke, Smoked meats, and a strong coastal salinity. NCF, no e150, and at a high ABV just like all scotch should be. As far as Islay’s go I’d put this one as better than anything from laphroaig or Lagavulin and Ardbeg 10, but in my opinion not quite as good as the Uigeadail. It lacks the amount of depth and sherry sweetness that the Uigeadail has.

20th April 2019


Smooth, sweet tasting. Warming aftertaste. Something different!

26th March 2019

My favourite

Excellent my favourite lovely the explosion of taste in the month is fantastic love it buy it

27th February 2019


So intense.

4th February 2019

My favorite peat

I won't even bore you with tasting notes, just buy it and try for your self. Thanks for this one Ardbeg, you never fail.

21st December 2018


Possibly the finest whisky in the world. Better than my precious bottle of committee release dark cove

14th December 2018

Another excellent Ardbeg whisky

My partner is a huge Islay whisky fan, but we were not sure Corryvreckan would match up to Uigeadhail. In fact it is equally enjoyable, and they are both now favourites (along with the 16-year-old Lagavullin which is a go-to Islay).

13th December 2018

Incredible whisky

So far I only new the 10 Yo from Ardbeg. The improvement is astonishing. For me it is one of these few stellar whiskys you have tout try and buy. There is a kind of spicy salty bacon taste that goes all day long with also an amazing sweetness on the tongue... I think I even prefer this one to the Laga DE which was my favourite so far. You like Peat and salty creamy taste, JUST BUY !

4th November 2018

Wooo, now we are talking !

I could try the 10, Uigeadail and this one. Uigeadail was great, but my god, this is an absolute beast of aroma and complexity. I can spend minutes just smelling it, and the sip is even better. No doubt, this is one of the few stellar whiskys I have tried. I can't get enough of this bacon salty chocolate taste. Amazing !

3rd November 2018

An amazing Ardbeg!

Oh man, this is good!
On the nose was malt, and a slightly medical aroma.
On the palate was a sweetness right off (honey?) , orange, cereal and peat. A complex whisky with very well-balanced elements. And very smooth, considering it’s 57.1 ABV.
I am tasting this side by side with the Uigeadail now, and this seems to have less smoke.
A long, sweet and peaty finish, with a slight tinge of medicine and malt.

7th October 2018

Unique and complex

Complex, full, intense flavours: pâtisserie cream, spicy fruitness complemented with an intense woody smokiness. In comparison to the Uigeadail I'd say the Corryvreckan is clearly more complex and at least just as intense in terms of smokiness as well as fruity notes. I've also never had anything like this. Would definitely reccomend this to anyone.

23rd July 2018

Buy it

Amazing , starts with malty sweetness and quickly turns to a steak smothered with pepper and ash . The end brings chocolate and more smoke . If your a peat head I can't see how this would not end up in your top 3 .

30th June 2018

Excellent at each stage and certainly memorable.

Quite an unexpected development, the nose didn't really hint at the palate, the finish comes sudden and strong. Excellent at each stage and certainly memorable.

Nose: Herbal peat & pine notes.
Palate: Sweet fruits, orange peels. Creamy with warming spices. Syrupy mouth feel. Quite unique.
Finish: Sudden & strong waves of smoke, chili & meats.

9th June 2018

Strong , Spicy, Peaty

Superior Ardbeg ( from the wonderful 10 year old ) as if that is possible. Goes well with a Vindaloo

4th April 2018


It's very good but I enjoy most Ardbegs more then this one.. Still very good.

8th February 2018

Wow. Just wow.

Boom! Bloody hell they're not joking. Just done a taste comparison between the 10, oogie and this. I love them all, but my goodness there's nothing I've tasted quite like this! I can only imagine it's like the sensations of drowning in a burning wooden boat carrying a few oranges at sea must be like. Seawater, tar, bonfires, cedar, pine, I get a woody pine finish that lasts longer than the titanic falling to the bottom of the ocean. It's completely different from the ten, the initial few milliseconds as the brine hits your tongue tells you enough but doesn't give quite enough warning from the ensuing assault on your senses. This isn't just whisky, this is a whole new universe of experience! Oogie is similarly different from the ten, but sweeter, and without that monstrous woody finish. Personally I think this is legendary, I understand what the fuss is about, but if you like smooth and mellow then steer well clear. This is like standing on the docks in a raging storm.

3rd January 2018

Excellent, for the experienced Scotch drinker.

Many layers of full-on flavor and strong finish.
(Not sure what I can say that hasn't already been said)
To that point, a damn-good scotch!!

25th December 2017

Why yes, YES it IS the best breakfast Scotch ;)

The best breakfast scotch ;)

3rd November 2017

The Worst Ardbeg Ever.

Corryvreckan 2015 and Corryvreckan 2016 are both awful. Committee reserve was awesome, 2013 was decent, what happened?! It's impossible to enjoy neat. Very bad Ardbeg, probably the worst. Even Laphroaig Lore is much better. And it's clearly Ardbeg, you have that distinguish Ardbeg character, It's just so bad and poorly done. As much as amazing Uigeadail is , this one is awful. It's simple in a worst way. One dimensional, sour, alcohol, salty, little Ardbeg smoke on the background. Water doesn't help much, but can make it drinkable, not enjoyable tho. This thing is just falling apart from the beginning. How is that happend? And it's not just one single batch.

26th October 2017

Deep Swirling Black Hole

I would describe it as 'an experience'. From nose to palate to finish, it grips you hard and does not let go. The nose is captivating but not overwhelming. The palate is intense but not harsh. The finish is incredibly long and satisfying, the best in any Islay single malt I've tasted. My absolute favourite way to end the day. My only complaint is the cost. At $190 Canadian, it is on the high end compared to its peers, but that is most likely partially the fault of the LCBO (Ontario liquor board). Well done, Ardbeg.

1st September 2017

It's nice,

but not £72 nice. Very strong smoke along with a briney, woody aftertaste although maybe not as much peat as I expected. Personally I'd prefer Laguvulin 16 y.o. which is 2/3 the price. It's not a bad at all, but certainly not top ten of Islay malts.

11th July 2017

My Goodness!

This Ardbeg would take chrome off a car bumper! It's that strong and confrontational. Definitely for that special time when you need to be smacked up alongside the head and then relax and contemplate how good life is. Very woodsy - peat and brine with a lingering aftertaste somewhat medicinal. Definitely not your average libation.

19th June 2017

Take that......

Holey moley. ....what a punch to the face this is. Still think uigeadail is a better dram and possible even the 10 too. Definitely ardbeg though and still fantastic though I'd probably by a 10 and something else for the cash.

Creamy vanilla......smoke.....peat....peat.....peat....maybe some citrus and a touch of fresh lino on the nose too......water rounds it off and makes it more creamy and enjoyable. Long finish on this.......burnt rubber..vanilla again...and citrus.

15th June 2017


Like a punch of smoking meat and fruit to the face

29th May 2017

On a par with laguvalin

It is brilliant, fantastic flavours, really good aftertaste, long lasting in the mouth. I just love it. Would like to drink it everyday but reality kicks in and I have to be gentle with it.

12th May 2017

Love it

First impression:Solid. Hint of fruits (citrus?). Less peaty nose than expected. Taste: Power. Salty, peaty and sooo smooth.

20th March 2017

Best Whisky I've tried so far

Absolutely marvellous just the job with a couple of ice cubs , only negative I was just going to order some more and it's out of stock hope it will be back soon.

6th March 2017

Just one more

Definitely a fan. Seems to be experienced wildly differently by individuals. You've got to try for yourself and see. I love the fire that doesn't burn, the eucalyptus and the sweetness that isn't saccharine. Full and thick in the mouth, no thin spirit here.

10th February 2017

Favorite Ardbeg until Dark Cove release

Of all the Ardbeg offerings,that are currently available at least,this has been my favorite. That is until I tried Dark Cove. I would give Corry 4 stars and the Cove 5 now. Either way both great drams and a "must try".

9th February 2017

Must have for an ardbeg fan

Ardbeg corryvreckan: colour is lighter than uigeadail. Smell is sharper pointing in the pepper/leather. The body lacks the rich aromas of sherry caskets but the peat, the peat! Like diving in the burning process of peat itself, so strong. Then usurped by pepper staying in the lateral parts of the tongue but not for long. Aftertaste is medium and pleasant. A true ardbeg from the richer side.

3rd February 2017

great stuff

mixed with crushed and a dash of grand marnier for a fantastic peat cutter aparatif or top up with lemonade for a cool long drink this is the modern islay .

31st December 2016

brutal, burning ash

Bit too strong for me. Just smoke and medicine and the alcoholeburning my tastebuds off. Seems toerely only on muscle and peppery burning, drenched in ash. I'd prefer more mellow, aged smoke and complexity as all I get from this is brutality and strength. Bit better with water but not as good as the uige, which I think is much more well balanced and complex, or the 10yr which I find delicous. But if ash, smoke and the burning fires of hell are what you crave in a whisky then this delivers in spades.

19th December 2016

Good but not my favourite

Had this one at a whisky tasting in Scotland. Truely a good whiskey but then I would love the classic Ardbeg more

30th November 2016

Ardbeg Corryvreckan (70cl, 57.1%)

Vid första sippen så bombarderas man fullkomligt utav smaker likt Uigeadail även om jag nog skulle säga att denna har något ännu skarpare smaker men dock något vass istället vilket inte förekommer på Uigeadail.
Tillsätt gärna 4-6 teskedar vatten till en 4'a whisky. Utöver tjära smakar den något blommigt, söt som en godiskola, havssalt, röök! Mycket speciell i smaken. Min flaska är buteljerad 2015-01-05

15th November 2016

The Seeker reviews Ardbeg Corryvreckan...

This is another barnstormer of a dram from Ardbeg. Far less subtle than the sublime Uigeadail this is no less of a single malt. Brash and robust it's a superbly well crafted peat monster. On the nose that familiar freshly cut peat mingles with salty sea air and smoke. Less fruity than Uigeadail with that sticking plaster note that Ardbeg 10 lovers will recognise. On the palate it's strong yet smooth, astringent oak is kept at bay by a wealth of savoury and slightly sweeter flavours. A dark fruit lingers into the finish where the smoke and peat dominate. It feels like you've smoked a good cigar after a dram of this stuff. Overall another fantastic whisky from Ardbeg but loses a point due to the price. Ardbeg isn't cheap by any means and I feel that the prices don't reflect the overall quality of the whisky. For this price you can get far rarer and unique single malts and if Ardbeg feel that asking £65 for one of their core range whiskies is acceptable then I'd have to disagree. If money isn't an option give it a go. It's still one of the very best Islay whiskies you can get in spite of the price.

22nd October 2016

My Least Favourite Ardbeg

I really wanted to love this given I adore the 10, Uigeadial and Dark Cove. First thoughts were it's really savoury with the salty briny ham notes and hardly any sweetness. So I put it back in the cabinet and left it for a few weeks to open up. I revisited it with baited breath and again, the same savoury undertones with little to no sweetness. I agree with some of the other reviews. Not a bad whisky just not for me. Feel slightly let down given its the most expensive of the core range. The 10yr old and Uigeadial are the real stars of this distillery. Buy if you want to try something completely different but it's a big price for something that might not be for you.

Rob, Somerset

29th September 2016


By far the best Ardbeg

12th September 2016

Value Issue

its no doubt a great dram, and contains everything you like about Ardbeg & Islay Malts, which I love, but paying something like 40% more over the price of the 10 doesnt get you a 40% better product, not IMHO, & I can put the money saved towards trying something else, but im glad i tried it and did enjoy it, even though wont be rushing to buy another of this expression

11th September 2016

Sip! Boom! Pow!

Absolutely amazing blast of aroma and flavor. Can there be anything as tasty as a well made Islay? Love its abrasive masculine profile. Wonderfully smoky, peated, salty, and spicy. Let it sit a while in the glass and watch it bloom. No need to hurry. Sip small, sip long.

30th July 2016

Unusual and interesting but not for me

I wonder if it's the strength and the degree to which it's peated that makes it a challenge for me. I get extreme peat smoke and menthol and that's about it. If I add more water, it thins too much: If I add less, it melts my face. An indication as to what I'm missing would be gratefully received but, until that happens, I'm finding the 10 year more complex.

26th July 2016


One of my favourites. Very subtle nose, surprisingly not overpowered by the alcohol. I won't list a load of esoteric flavours - I'm keeping it simple. There's band aid (yes , really!) and, for me, unlike most here, the first hit of flavour is definitely sweet, and I mean sweeter than oogie. Then there is a lovely smokiness and the whole thing is very smooth - definitely not firey and certainly smoother than Lagavullin 16 yr old.
The more I taste whisky the more I come to believe that no two people will have the same set of taste experiences.

20th April 2016


Appearance - tawny

Coatline - very thin, almost not there.
Legs - take a long time to run, when they do very slow and very thin. Indicates presence of oils and a heavy whisky because the legs take so long to run and run slowly - high ABV.

Nose - oily, chocolate, buttery, peat, infusion of pine, aromas seem to alter at each visit.

Palate - salty, oily, winey, cream, butter, chocolate, reflecting finish in a wine cask, Tarmac right at the end.

Finish - medium length, oily, chilli, some Peating, orange peel after a while

Conclusion - not as peaty as the 10 year old IMO. Very multilayered. Worth the money. Getting a bit elusive apparently

9th April 2016


I can't rate this highly enough. It has everything you could want in an Islay whisky and nothing you don't. The finish goes on and on.

Compared to the Laphroaig QC/18, my previous favorites, it's far more "unctuous": meaty, oily, greasy. *Slightly* less smokey, maybe, when consumed at same ABV as Laphroaig, though bottled at cask strength so you can dial up the smoke if you want. It's still a top-5 smokiest out there. Laphroaig 18 still has its place though, kind of 1a and 1b with this one.

Compared to Uigeadail, more punch. Oogy is softer and fruitier; there's potential there but to me a bit bland.

Compared to Octomore, more everything; Octomore, sure, has *marginally* more smoke but woefully inadequate in everything else and ridiculously overpriced as a gimmick.

I don't care for the 10 (lychee yuck) or any Lagavulin (stale mushrooms yuck) for whatever reason so won't bother comparing. This has no lychee or stale mushrooms for the record.

Man this finish is still going.

29th March 2016

Stunner for the brave

Just an incredible flavour. Peat and smoke abound. Not an every day pour, but my word what a treat.

7th March 2016


Ardbeg is such an amazing whiskey then I tried this Corryvreckan for those who like peaty whisky's you will love this, every time I take a sip the flavours intensify I get something different each time this is certainly a must buy for all Ardbeg fans in fact for all whisky fans.

3rd March 2016

A maelstrom of flavor

Well as you know from my reviews I am definitely a peat head and very much a fan of Ardbeg but was always hesitant to buy this because of mixed reviews(and how rare and expensive it is here) but now that I have it I couldn't be happier with it this is just as good (if not better) than Uigeadail. Smells like an old steam boat sailing across rough seas but the flavor is off the charts, Initailly briny/ peppery roasted orange peels followed by peaches,pine needles, chocolate, tar,charcoal and finished with burnt driftwood,band aids,and rich, peaty seaweed . As I keep drinking it even more flavors develop you could really get lost in this whisky it's crazy ,much more bold than the refined Uigeadail this is a whisky that you can honestly get lost in what a fantastic dram absolutely love this stuff glad I got a good bottle. The Sugarbear

1st March 2016


Wow, as the bottle says, not for the faint hearted.

20th February 2016

Damn good

Love it.

(man of few words)

19th February 2016


Suits my palate to a 'T'. I was almost put off by the ABV...but I've found that if I get just the right amount of water to 'open it up', it brings out all the right flavors at the right time and matches some of the 30+ year old malts I've sampled over the years.

13th February 2016


I love all Ardbeg scotches that I have tasted but this one is the best. Powerful and complex with rich smokey flavor. My favorite bar none

12th February 2016

Best Islay

Laphroaig 10 turbo. Taste you'll never forget. Love it or hate it.

9th February 2016

Virtually Undrinkable

This tasted like eating the road. Why have you forsaken me, Master of Malt?

31st January 2016

Incredible depth

I found the depth and complexity of flavour incredible in this whisky. Just holding the glass below the nose gives a fantastic smokey peat aroma. I tasted with a drop of water and without and I actually preferred it without because I found that the water reduced the smokey peat flavours and aromas slightly.

30th January 2016

My favourite

The Best for me. A couple drops of water opens it up nicely. I always drink this dram with water.

It is not a whisky for The novice. It is complex in flavour and hard to grip for some people.

The best and I always keep a bottle at home.

29th December 2015

1 of the best

A brilliant whisky for the price.
For me this is the best in the range after the supernova. Much richer and complex than the uigeadail. And having had them, is arguably better bang for your buck than the Ardbog or the Renaissance.
After laphroaig 18 this is my go to bottle. Sure to go up in price as the others have, in the near future.

9th December 2015

Í never drink it before

I never drink it before

22nd November 2015

Not thrilled

This smelled like rocket fuel and just was unclean, and unfiltered. There was something not right about this. The initial notes were nice, and it had a nice smokey peat draw, but this tasted like some very immature fire water and the finish was immature and quick and left a lot to be desired for especially with it's strength. Adding a few drops of water definitely opened it up a bit and the nose was nice, but the effects of the dram definitely outlined some skipping of steps in the process or immaturity like it was made in a bath tub overnight or I just got a bad batch. Something just wasn't right. I'll take Lagavulin 16 any day over this.

21st October 2015

Never Again

It is a good, but not great, whiskey. To me, anyway, it is not worth the price. Uigeadail is the best Ardbeg and it is a little high priced as well.Don't get me wrong. I like Ardbeg whiskies but, I like Laphroaig just as much and Laphroaig is a much better value, especially the Quarter Cask.Still, it is a good whiskey but, I'll never buy it again. Cheers!

4th October 2015


Anyone who says this isn't flavoursome is mad. Takes a drop of water very well, opens out the BBQ flavours!

5th September 2015

Excellent Single Malt

When I first tasted the Corryvreckan, I thought it was overpowering and as a result, I preferred the the Uigeadail. Now half way through the bottle, I have to say that this is now in my top 3 along with Laphoaig 10 and Lagavulin 16. This one is intense and mouthwatering.

10th July 2015

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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