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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

Big taste Big Headache tomorrow..worth it!

Lovely stuff full of smoke and tar and sweetness. proceed with caution...can take your legs away!

4th January 2021

Fire without smoke or flavour

For years i bought laphroaig 15 year but switched when they started selling the 18 year one. After trying lots of different islay bottles I found ardbeg uigeadail to be a very suitable alternative and while their supanova committee release was fantastic i have been less impressed with some of their other bottlings. This is another of those i have tried but will not be tempted again. I had high hopes from some reviews but have found it very light more like some caol ila bottlings. Plenty of fire but no smoke or peat or other flavours.

26th December 2020

Rough experience!

I have never tried such rough taste of any alcohol. Absolutely stunning taste of peat & pepper.

24th December 2020

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

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