Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Sep 2009 2:04 pm

Average value

€ 71,11

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Corryvreckan

197 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.28 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  Another Ardbeg re-taste:  When the first Corryvreckan was released I found it not just a very interesting dram with a new, never before tasted profile (due to its share of virgin oak matured malt) but it became my favourite modern Ardbeg too.  And I scored it with 88 points.

    Today I tried a recent bottling of the Corryvreckan and - what a disappointment:  It is rather unbalanced and with a slightly drying/bitter finish (not as extreme as with the recent TEN or Uigeadail, but still unpleasant).  I guess Ardbeg increased the share of virgin oak matured spirit in this recipe significantly and this higher proportion of heavy tannins (and lower share of sweet bourbon flavours) harm not just the balance but the mouthfeel too.

    This is most probably due to the problem that LVHM has difficulties in sourcing enough bourbon casks from the US.  The scotch whisky boom came at a time when the US whisky industry was in deep recession - so the Scotch demand for used bourbon casks was and still is much higher than the US distilleries can supply. As a consequence the Scottish distilleries cut down the maturation times to use the same cask more often (and masked this by introducing NAS whiskies) AND (as this was not enough) they had to use virgin oak casks in addition.  For sure they market this as an intentional strategy, but it is pure despair in the end.  What can do you if you do not have enough good quality casks at your hands?

    The outcome is devastating (at least to my taste buds) but hopefully they create a new followership among all the new whisky aficionados that do not know how good Ardbeg and all the other great drams once tasted...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Administrator

    Ardbeg - and the hype goes on! Named after a whirlpool north of Jura, Corryvreckan is a NAS core range expression with cracking 57.1% ABV. With its combination of candy floss, orange zest and delicate BBQ peat smoke, the nose starts out promising. On the palate, the dry and spicy arrival is entirely dominated by French oak, followed by a blast of briny peatiness. Unpleasantly bitter herbs and grapefruit creep in, culminating in a peppery-dry finish which is medium at best. Not a complete disaster, but a bit disappointing given the whisky's reputation.

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Misery scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Ardbeg Corryvreckan NAS | 57.1% | 23 + 23 + 22 + 22 = 90pts
    N: Vanilla-berry-peat, pastry themes, cherry pie sprinkled with vanilla, ripe sweet cherries, milk chocolate, coffee, white pepper.
    T: Grilled meat, cherry, black currant, smoked dried fruit and vanilla again.
    F: Long, complex, playing with smoke, pastries and chocolate.
    B: The aroma is complex and multifaceted, every 5-10 minutes something appears in it, then something disappears. It is difficult to catch the whole spectrum, especially when it goes into all tertiary layers.

  4. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very fierce, wild, extreme and also unbalanced malt with significant virgin-oak-influence, also with distinct Ardbeg-characteristics. Not my style, but well done.
    • Nose
      with water: leather satchels, tobacco leaves, Ardbeg ashtray, smoke, salt, lots of pepper, grapefruit, juniper, hyssop, camphor, cocoa, mocha, cider apples, light grapes, honey, vanilla, marzipan, caramel, black bread, lilac
    • Taste
      oily, powerful, it rolls over the tip of the tongue, lemon, honey, a lot of pepper, a lot of clove, grapefruit with the whites of the inner shell, lots of juniper, lots of hyssop, lots of anise, camphor, steamed nori leaves, cider apples, grape juice, vanilla, marzipan, a lot dark caramel, also the black bread and floral notes in the background - fierce. Then milk coffee, passing in strong mocha. Very spicy, but also sweet and bitter - and very intense. Finally, the Ardbeg ashtray and liquorice again.
    • Finish
      The ashtray sticks eternally in the mouth, in addition citrus notes with honey and dark chocolate with mocha as well as the bitter-sweet herbs ... and again the lilac, slightly soapy ... and again the camphor and tar

  5. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A varied and demanding dram.
    • Nose
      Very strong onset in the nose, pushed by the high alcohol content. Nice aromatic smoke. Salty maritime with some ashes. But then suddenly sweet. Cocoa and some latte. Finally he becomes earthier again.
    • Taste
      Again very strong in the start. A lot of smoke. Salt, wood and ash. But then again sweet with a hefty shot of coffee. Fits well with the impression from the nose. A varied and demanding dram.
    • Finish
      Long and warm. Sweet smoke stays behind.

  6. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Posh whisky, especially when considering the price / pleasure ratio!
    • Nose
      Heavy, smoky, with oak notes. Here you can feel an extinct fire and burnt crackers, salt, iodine, tarpaulin boots, a forest after rain, tires and engine oil. Background: raisins, apricot jam, cherry tobacco, spices.
    • Taste
      Brackish, with a high content of iodine, dried apricots, plum jam, a few citrus fruits, apple seeds and dry oak.
    • Finish
      Very long. The first to feel the shades of smoked butter, pine needles, cashew nuts. The second wave consists of notes of cotton candy, cherry jam, coffee beans and exotic fruits. The last wave is the longest, it can be disassembled all evening. It consists of the nuances of vanilla, fragrant chewing tobacco, all kinds of spices (market in Marrakesh), astringent oak and smoke.

  8. comeandspeak scored this whisky 99 points Member Senior

    Amazingly strong, massive and long-lasting Ardbeg.
    Blew my mind.

  9. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The most intense of the Core Range - an absolutely typical and very good Ardbeg at a fair price!
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      for a Ardbeg little smoke, strong, oak, wood, vanilla, sweetness;
    • Taste
      diluted: an aromatic powerful onset, phenolic smoke, ash, sweetness, citrus, salt, spices, slightly oily,
    • Finish
      soft, long finish; in the end sweet, smoky, ashy;


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