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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Sep 2009 2:37 pm

Average value

€ 71,73

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Corryvreckan

189 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.35 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
    • 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. gerardvw scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
      Peat, Citric
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and intense

  5. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    This tastes like you would coat a banana in chocolate, and then put it on the barbecue. They good way. The very good way! This dram is among my alltime favorite whiskies.

  6. Issie did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      At first I can only smell a single smell - smoked sausages. Distance to the glass does not matter - I just have the sausages in my nose.

      After about 15 minutes, the smoke has moved slightly and it is slightly vanilla, wood and leather perceptible.
    • Taste
      The association of the nose is so strong that I also have the sausages in my mouth. There is also a slight sweetness and wood on the tongue. The alcohol tingles quite on the lips and tongue, but for me it is not unpleasant at this moment.
    • Finish
      long with pleasant smoke. Despite the strong alcohol, I have no burning in my throat

  7. whiskyd scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. midnite scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    People keep describing this as wild and intense, but I actually find it reserved and subdued. Not a peat monster at all; this is rather an Ardbeg Light, with a French oak treatment à la Glenlivet. It seems that this has suffered a significant drop in quality recently. Taken on its own, this is still good modern whisky, but it's nowhere near what it used to be. Can't hold a candle to the Uigedail.

    The nose is dry and savory, with smoked ham, sea salt and parsley. There's none of the moist and swampy peatiness that the Uigedail displays; this is more herbal and dusty.

    The dustiness also comes through on the palate: I mainly get crushed herbs and spices here. The smoke is of the "autumnal bonfire" variety, very leafy and twiggy. Really a lot of new-oak feel.

    Ends dry and bitter, with no new elements.


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