Ardbeg Corryvreckan

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

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€ 76.87

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Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Corryvreckan

244 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.33 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 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 mask 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, nevertheless it is pure despair.  But what can you do 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 (without heavy tannins)...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. 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

  3. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1% ABV (Bottled November 2017):⁣

    Expectations were high but the cask influence is too overwhelming for my palate. I’ve seen rumors that the use of French Virgin Oak has increased with recent batches and that doesn’t surprise me one bit based on my tasting. This is still decent whisky but I don’t think it deserves any hype (at least my batch year).⁣

    Score: 83/100⁣
    • Nose
      Vanilla sweetness, cigarette smoke, burnt toast, burning plastic, sea breeze salinity⁣
    • Taste
      Dominated by virgin oak influence that seems way too overpowering. Very dry and spicy. Dried herbs, peppery spice, burning plastic wires covered in tar.
    • Finish
      Long. Dry, bitter, ashy, oaky. Like sucking on some bitter burned oak. Somewhat unpleasant actually.⁣

  4. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Super 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

  5. MrDvorak scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 88pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose has intense, spicy and straight profile of strong peated fruits followed by vanilla pie and mocha.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is powerful, oily and spicy with dried herbs, bananas and smoked meat with cherry sauce.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is pretty long, quite warming and spicy with nuances of sweet smoky meat and licorice.

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Dedicated to fans of smoked mackerel, bonfire and smoke.
    • Nose
      Sweet pastille made from white grapes. Smoked salted pear Williams. Warm smoke. Dry-smoked mackerel. Smoked fresh and dry fruits: apples, pears, apricots. Such a good Caucasian set of autumn fruits in a wicker basket, when the harvest is already in the fall, and it gets cold in the mountains in the evenings.
      The smell of damp haystacks. And the juice of these stalks.
    • Taste
      Taste. Bright. The taste of fruit that has not yet ripened. Which were plucked early and began to smoke, so as not to miss their juices. It seems that they could still Mature. A year, two.
    • Finish
      Sweet aftertaste, which develops into bitterness, as if in a tube. Characteristic aftertaste of Islay.

  7. pecathor scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    One of my favorite core bottlings of Ardbeg! I had a couple of bottles in the past and I remember the very first time I have tried it. It struck me like a lightning from a clear sky!

    I love cask strength whiskies, I love Islay whiskies and I love Ardbeg. The combination is just incredible, it works out very well, its full flavor is very enjoyable if you like peaty/smoky stuff. Since then it became one of my favorite bottles for a reasonable price.

    I also have to admit that the current/newest bottle seems to be a bit different than the older version I had about 4 years ago, but maybe I have changed too much meanwhile and my palate evolved with trying some other beautiful drams. Anyway, it's still a solid thing to go for!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Jabarkas scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    I actually prefer this one over the basic Ardbeg Ten (I rate that one higher because of its price/performance ratio). And I do firmly believe, that there are some older whiskies in the bottle. Yet it should be slightly cheaper. And again those fresh oak notes might be off-putting to some people. A combination of sherry and peat (like you have it in Uigeadail) is much more pleasant to a wider audience. I preffer Corryvreckan anyday though. Its truly a whirpool of tase. Those 57,1 % of alcohol make it even better.
    • Nose
      Peat, caraway.
    • Taste
      Very smoky and ashy. Surprisingly pleasant (nearly no alcohol burn). Bitter, spicy and woody from the fresh oak barrels (many people dislike this). It feels a bit like sawdust on your tongue.
    • Finish
      Caraway stays. Warm and pleasant.

  9. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Strongly peated vanilla pie with berries, bananas, salty smoked meat with cherry sauce.

    RATING: 90pts - [n22,t22,f23,b23] → |90-92: Excellent|

  10. 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.


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