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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Overall rating
88.45/100
votes
1764
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Ultimate
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010494296280
Added on
23 Sep 2009 2:37 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 71,16

160 × in wishlist

1764 × member ratings

5408 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

All versions

Category Rating
Nose
22
Taste
22
Finish
22
Balance
22

Tastingtags

181 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
24 Mar 2017 12:00 am
hs305 gave this whisky 85 points

[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...

Weighted Rate
84.8
Nose
85
Initial taste
85
Body
86
Finish
83
Price
85
Presentation
85
There is no accounting for taste...
Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
26 Feb 2018 6:28 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 85 points

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 ≙ 85 pts   ·ABOVE AVERAGE [+]·

Weighted Rate
84.6
Nose
89
Initial taste
80
Body
85
Finish
83
Price
84
Presentation
88
“That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.” (Tyrion Lannister)
larswehmeier
Expert Senior larswehmeier Tasting note
05 Mar 2018 7:20 pm
larswehmeier gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Sehr kräftiger Antritt in der Nase, angeschoben durch den hohen Alkoholgehalt. Schöner aromatischer Rauch. Salzig maritim mit etwas Asche. Aber dann plötzlich süß. Kakao und etwas Milchkaffee. Zum Schluss wird er wieder erdiger.

Taste

Auch hier sehr kräftig im Antritt. Viel Rauch. Salz, Holz und Asche. Aber auch dann sofort wieder süß mit einem kräftigen Schuss Kaffee. Passt gut zum Eindruck aus der Nase. Ein abwechslungsreicher und fordernder Dram. 

Finish

Lang und wärmend. Süßer Rauch bleibt zurück.

Comments

Ein abwechslungsreicher und fordernder Dram. 

Alex Fridays
Expert Junior Alex Fridays Note
24 Jun 2018 9:48 am
Alex Fridays gave this whisky 90 points

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.

EinSpatzUnterVielen
Expert Senior EinSpatzUnterVielen Tasting note
15 Jun 2018 6:54 pm
EinSpatzUnterVielen gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

mit Wasser: Lederschulranzen, Tabakblätter, Ardbeg-Aschenbecher, Rauch, Salz, viel Pfeffer, Grapefruit, Wacholder, Ysop, Kampher, Kakao, Mokka, Mostäpfel, helle Trauben, Honig, Vanille, Marzipan, Karamell, Schwarzbrot, Flieder

Taste

ölig, wuchtig rollt er über die Zungenspitze, Zitrone, Honig, viel Pfeffer, viel Nelke, Grapefruit mit dem Weißen von der Innenschale, viel Wacholder, viel Ysop, viel Anis, Kampher, gedämpfte Noriblätter, Mostäpfel, Traubensaft, Vanille, Marzipan, viel dunkles Karamell, auch das Schwarzbrot und florale Noten im Hintergrund - heftig. Dann Tabakblätter, Milchkaffee, übergehend in starken Mokka. Sehr würzig, aber auch süß und bitter - und alles sehr intensiv. Ganz zum Schluss wieder der Ardbeg-Aschenbecher und auch Lakritze.

Finish

Der Aschenbecher bleibt ewig im Mund haften, zusätzlich Zitrusnoten mit Honig und Bitterschokolade mit Mokka sowie die bitter-süßen Kräuter... und auch wieder der Flieder, leicht seifig ... und auch nochmal der Kampher und Teer

Comments

Ein sehr heftiger, wilder, extremer, intensiver - aber auch unausgewogener und deutlich junger - Malt mit starkem Virgin-Oak-Einfluss, ebenfalls mit deutlichen Ardbeg-Charakteristika. Nicht ganz mein Stil, aber gut gemacht.

EinSpatzUnterVielen
Expert Senior EinSpatzUnterVielen Review note
15 Jun 2018 6:51 pm
EinSpatzUnterVielen gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.4
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
87
Presentation
87
Grutslurp
Member Senior Grutslurp Note
28 May 2018 12:02 pm
Grutslurp gave this whisky 85 points

Too heavy on the virgin oak vanilla sweetness for my liking. Not bad, but I'd take the TEN or Uigeadail over this any day. One of the whiskies that makes me realize what Serge Valentin is so often talking about wrt. "too much wood", or however he puts it.

rpvdwel
Connoisseur rpvdwel Review note
15 Apr 2018 9:36 pm
rpvdwel gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.6
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
87
Finish
86
Price
85
Presentation
85
rpvdwel
Connoisseur rpvdwel Tasting note
15 Apr 2018 9:55 pm
rpvdwel gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Turf, olie, bruine suiker, appels, houtskool

Taste

Olie, boter, peper, salmiak, honing.

Finish

Middellang peper, zout en wat prikkelend op de tong

Comments
DrBardamu
Expert Senior DrBardamu Review note
12 Apr 2018 4:11 am
DrBardamu gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.7
Nose
88
Initial taste
90
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
88
Presentation
87
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