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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Overall rating
88.37/100
votes
1858
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010494296280
Added on
23 Sep 2009 2:37 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 71,72

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Corryvreckan

185 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.37 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 tastebuds), but hopefully
    they create a new followership among all the new whisky afficionados
    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. 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.

  4. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. midnite scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Significant drop in quality. Taken on its own, this is still good (modern) whisky but it's nowhere near what it used to be. Doesn't hold a candle to the Uigedail (yes, even the latter's more recent versions).

  7. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    The peat mounts like a blast. A thick smoke, iodine, ashes, a hint of camphor, ether. With the addition of water, vanilla comes out. But peat and ash are still present. The whole is very balanced, slightly spicy.
    On the palate it is always well peated, pepper, clove, oil, an ounce of lemon, vegetal touches that stand out strongly in a thunderous and long finish. I find chicory in retro-olfaction.
    It's less subtle than Uigeadail, closer to the Ten at the flavor level, but much more powerful and complex.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Sweet fruits, baking spices, a little bit peat smoke notes on nose.

    Peat smoke, green apples, pepper, dryness from oak cask, resin notes on taste.

    The long finish starts with pepper, and goes with peat smoke, oak cask and vanilla notes.

    I like it very much! It has the good combination of sweet, peat smoke and oak notes.

  9. 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

  10. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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