Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Overall rating
88.27/100
votes
3024
Whiskybase ID
WB10550
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
Ex-bourbon cask, French oak cask
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010494296280
Added on
23 sep 2009 2:04 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 85.30

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Corryvreckan

233 users have left 265 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.27 points.

  1. 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.⁣

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Incredibly intense and impressive. A whisky like a drumbeat. Peatheads of All Countries: Unite! Here is the Islay concentrate.
    • Nose
      Brackish water in the Bay of Islay with a thin layer of heating oil on top, steaming seaweed, tart fruity, redcurrant, blackcurrant, overripe kiwi, an iodine cloud forms, with water the berry fruit becomes creamier and sweeter, the smoke is omnipresent (but not overpowering ), Smoked fish
    • Taste
      Muscovado, mineral and salty, a little brackish, plum jam, ripe bananas, lime and lemongrass, a pinch of chili, ripe pineapple, liquorice, crispy fried bacon, star anise, mint, everything is enveloped in a cloud of smoke
    • Finish
      Very long, oily and very intense, fried seaweed, espresso, star anise, aromatic-sweet smoke, Muscovado is also evident here, a hint of sweet liquorice, lime zest, salmiak

  4. VLG scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    95

  5. Tomek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    aroma: less smoke and more citrus than its predecessor, sweetness, apples| taste: big spicier, hit of peat smoke, vanilla, unripe apples. Also 5

  6. JonasWoo scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. JoachimV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Heavy peat smoke, smoked ham, medicinal, cigar biscuits, vanilla and a hint of some farm air.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Assig, smoked meat, dates, bacon, butter, lemon and vanilla. Fiercely.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Ashy and drying.

      The nose starts very nicely, I can keep smelling it.
      The taste and finish are good, but more disappointing than the nose because the alcohol is a bit too emphatic. It feels a bit restless and young in the mouth. Nevertheless, certainly a good whisky that tasted good to me.

  8. t86 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    This is higher key than the Ten year which I think of as good ol’ cave juice
    • Nose
      Classic Islay and Ardbeg but more spice driven
    • Taste
      When it's a fresh bottle it's aggressive on spice and peat. After it mellows and oxidizes the whisky shines. More layers reveal.
    • Finish
      Smokey honey.

  9. Leonis scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. SYMUE1 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

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  11. Oguzhan000 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    After a few drop of water, complexity of the whisky increased very well. It's a good example of the punchy/fiery peat whisky with tons of sweet notes.
    Also it's a real bargain with current price.
    • Nose
      Salty BBQ smoke and peat, vanilla, citrus, black pepper and slightly sherry notes. In the middle, wet tobacco, oak and dark chocolate were very obvious. Mossy and earthy notes, coffee, green apple, white pepper.

      I was very impressed on the nose.
    • Taste
      Very hot, it’s all on fire. Moss, maritime, green tea, malted barley sugar, oak and fruity sweetness. Spicy, Tobacco and peat notes fill the gaps in a very balanced way. Black pepper and peanuts.
    • Finish
      Earth, smoked beacon, clementines, clove. Vanilla, chilli smoked beacon, campfire smoke along with the dark fruits, mocha and orange peels.

  12. jivsto scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Sweet BBQ explosion!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    scbp-6347, strong peat, thick smoky, high sweetness, and a younger wine.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The peat is strong and the smoke is succulent. Grease, sea salt, coconut, milk powder, lemon peel, dried mint with some dried fish, plant stems, lignin. 88
    • Taste
      87 87
      The head is green, the sugar content is very high, the flavor concentration is not low, sugar, coconut, mint, the taste is full of smoky oil, the touch is slightly astringent, and the mint is cool and refreshing, the overall is delicious, but the details are lacking. 87
    • Finish
      85 85
      Spicy and cool, plant bitterness, and even citrus bitterness, slightly astringent. Tannins are strong and rough. 85

  14. Romanino scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    No doubts it is a great whisky, however considering its price, I would rather buy Ardbeg 10. A bit less fun for significantly lower price.
    N: ashy Ardbeg smoke, sweet roasted nuts,
    T: a lot of spice (oaky alcohol), campfire smoke, sea water, oil, olives, ash
    F: long, smoky, salty, cigar tobacco

  15. Ashita scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The style is more prominent, the sipping touch is particularly strong, and it has a metallic taste. The first time you drink it, it feels like a small bomb exploded in your mouth.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Deceptively light on the nose and then a strong peaty & sweet kick on the palate. This is an expression that gives strong emphasis on medicinal flavours.

    In my pre-historical scoring method, it's a 9/10.
    • Nose
      Light iodine. Leather. Creamy. Dried plaster. A whiff herbaceous.
    • Taste
      Creamy body. Peated spices that are lightly seasoned with sea salt. Sweet fruit.
    • Finish
      Long, intense finish. Tabacco elevated all the way from the cavity to nose. Dried fruit. Medicinal.

  17. zzqfyl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Jimbeau scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Noname_Drinker scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Comparing to other Islay whiskies, it is more funky (Without the smoke, it may smell like a Campbeltown whisky). Judging from the nosing, it is not suitable for beginners with such an intense smoke with high ppm. If you like Ardbeg 10, you should definitely try this one too.

    This is 100% not for whisky beginners. It's mainly for those who like peat monsters with some complexity. Also, I will only drink this when I am in the mood.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Very intense smoke. Iodine, medicine, rubber, tar (the smell you will get when the sunlight is on the asphalt road), paint, moss. At the back, there is a tiny bit of fruitiness, citric, seaweed, vanilla, and sweetness.

      After adding water to make it 46% ABV, the smoke becomes even stronger.

      The nosing score is significantly lower because the iodine and the medicine notes are too dominated for me.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very spicy. Oaky, charcoal, dark fruit, bonfire, tobacco. Other than that, there are some chocolate and vanilla notes, which bring some sweetness to the palate.

      In general, the taste is very full and intense.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very long finish. Charcoal, bonfire, ash tray, oak, with little sweetness (dried fruit) at the back. It is comparable to the finish of a cigar.

      I give it a close-to-90 finish because I assume the drinkers of this whisky know what they are aiming for.

  20. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  21. Dustineon scored this whisky 80 points Newbie

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Has real power, strong aroma, lots of smoke, phenolic. Typical Ardbeg sweetness, maritime, lots of smoke, spices and oak.

  23. Spoerkel scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Insanity. I don't know if there is a similarly massive and complex malt in any other core range. Better than some of the older Ardbegs.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  24. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Emperor69 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Ardbeg Corryvreckan

    Category: Single Malt
    Manufacturer and bottler: Ardbeg Distillery (LVMH)
    Region: Islay
    Fortress: 57.1%
    Volume: 700 ml
    Bottling date: 07/29/2019
    Min. age: no indication
    Filtering: no
    Dye: none

    Nose. Powerful, direct, but rustic. Lots of smoky, marine flavors, lots of spices, some medicine and very little fruity sweetness. At first it is a little closed and knocks down the nose with alcohol, but then it opens with tones of creosote, ammonia, camphor oil, salted ship ropes, iodine, Vishnevsky's ointment, motifs of burnt white bread (toast), baked chestnuts and baked potatoes, smoked bacon. Spices such as pepper, nutmeg, anise, cloves periodically come to the fore and occupy the entire space of the aroma. Only subtle nuances of vanilla, dried prunes and blackcurrant add sweetness to the nose.

    Taste. Oily, extremely rich, pungent, even extreme. It starts with a little citrus-honey, vanilla sweetness, to then literally drag you into a whirlpool (hence, apparently, the name was chosen) of coals, creosote, sea salt, iodine, grapefruit partitions (its white part), black ground and chili pepper, richly spiced meat steak, anise, camphor, coffee grounds, tobacco. This burning mixture softens a little (just a little bit, so don’t expect to be released from this abyss) dark berries (black currant and cherry, blueberry and blueberry) and dark chocolate on the background.

    Aftertaste. Long. Bacon with black pepper, black cherry, camphor, ash.

    Summary. Angry, vigorous whisky for hard lovers, the ultimate expression of all the "dark" sides of Ardbeg aged distillate. The use of mainly virgin oak alcohols in the “batch” gave the final product a powerful peppery profile, but removed all the space, complexity of taste and aroma inherent even in an ordinary “ten”, but not this whisky. The result was an extremely powerful whisky, well made, but simple, extremely unbalanced. For me, this is more of a minus than a plus, so for myself I prefer Uigeadail or Ten.

    Rating: 86 out of 100.

  26. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Only drawback is that this is almost the same as Uigeadail. But only almost :-)
    • Nose
      91 91
      A burst of caramel! Some pepper.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Round and sweet. Very pleasant smoke.
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. dominikbraun scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. Don Cassi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Wow, the nose starts out much fuller and more vanilla than with his brothers. Also a little more intense in the mouth and a touch sweeter. For me the strongest Ardbeg from the core range.

    Note 1-

  29. MrDvorak scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is heavily smoked fruit with vanilla and coffee cake. In a strong and rich taste, bananas and smoked meat with cherry sauce. The finish is long, slightly sweet, smoky licorice.

    An absolutely gorgeous release, in which, with fairly simple derivatives, the degree and mix of alcohols is perfectly matched, a bottle for all occasions.

    RATING: 88pts - | 87 - 89 (B +) → Great | - Always nice to have a bottle of this.

  30. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  31. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Just a steady and strong peated whisky, with a good amount of smoke and peat, but also some room for fruiti- and sweetness. Nice dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Some peat, fake leather, tubber, fruity notes as well. Ripe fruits. Pretty some alcohol pickering, roasted meat.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Initally some sal ammoniac, pepper, strong, peat, a tad bitter, some sweetness. Honey, licorice.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Still strong and powerful, sal ammoniac, licorice, bitter, sparkling, smoke, pretty long. Later on some more sugar sweetness.

  32. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  33. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My 2013 version is very well-crafted. Can't really spot the wine casks used, more like an ex-bourbon version whereas the Oogi is significantly sherried. Good stuff, I reckon not too old as the Corry falls a bit short in comparison with Laga 12 cs where there's a bit more wood influence noticeable. Some folk say quality of Corry has declined, but I'd need to check for myself and buy a recent bottling. That's one problem with NAS, you are not given info if composition has changed towards younger casks involved. If age-stated you could at least guess with certainty that the cask quality itself had changed.

  34. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  35. DGV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Color: Salted wood

    Aroma: Open, powerful. In the foreground are clothes soaked in fire smoke, metallic notes. Next comes the damp earth. In the very background, in the distance, wine tones, blackberry, currant appear.
    Taste: Smoke from a rustic "children's" hand-rolled, dry herb in the garden. Smoked apples, charcoal baked potatoes. Bitter chocolate, burnt coffee.

    Finish: Long, prickly, peppery, in many ways repeating the taste and aroma.

    Conclusion: Open Islovsky Scotch, ready to tell about yourself faster than you ask him about it ...

  36. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. Gweddry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      cream smoke, pastel lead, coffee, cherry pralines, sweet, cider apple, marshmallow, fruit jam and fruit juices, zucchini, sea water, smoked almonds, salami, orange peel
    • Taste
      distinctive, sweet smoke, boiled apples, hazelnuts at the end,
    • Finish
      dry, bitter, fine smoke, at the end of the soil, apple cake, fuet

  38. CPI_1972 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It is still interesting as the years go by it but less that it use to be. 6 or 7 years ago when I had my first bottle I enjoyed it much more comparing with Ardbeg 10YO. There were more flavours in it, the higher ABV helped also. Nowadays, most probably from the lack of the casks hs305 mentioned, I would say overall they are quite even. Less flavours (and harsher on the palate) for Corryvreckan, ABV helps it to keep the level.

  39. MH90 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. SpringBarley scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    i love this powerful Ardbeg. I got it as a present and i didn't know this whisky before. now its one of my favourite of all time.
    normally i add some water when i drink the corry, pure with 57% it can be a bit rude.
    great value for money!

  41. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of citrus fruits, maritime notes, pleasant peat smoke, vanilla, caramel and malty sweetness. Moderately complex. Relatively dry in taste. The alcohol is well integrated and has a relatively heavy body.

  42. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  43. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  44. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    This wine is like Ardbeg Ten's barrel strength, the overall style is fresh and lively, and the wine is strong, but the obvious irritation in the mouth exposes the younger age of the wine. Both the richness of taste and the taste are slightly inferior to Uganda.
    • Nose
      Smoky, rich vanilla aroma, freshly ground black pepper, summer sea breeze, kerosene, charcoal, lemon cake, apple juice, sweet, rich and fresh.
    • Taste
      Smoked, sugar cane water, sweet, shellfish, slightly salty, apple juice, lemonade, fruity, slightly irritating.
    • Finish
      Medium length, smoked, sea salt, lemon.

  45. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    这款酒像是Ardbeg Ten的桶强,整体风格清新明快,酒力强大,但是口腔中明显的刺激感,暴露了比较年轻的酒龄,无论是味道的丰富程度还是口感都略逊于乌干达。
    • Nose
      烟熏,浓郁的香草气息,新鲜研磨的黑胡椒,夏日的海风,煤油,木炭,柠檬蛋糕,苹果汁,香甜,浓郁,清新。
    • Taste
      烟熏,甘蔗水,清甜,贝类,淡淡咸味,苹果汁,柠檬水,果香,略有刺激感。
    • Finish
      中长,烟熏,海盐,柠檬。

  46. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    This wine is like Ardbeg Ten's barrel strength, the overall style is fresh and lively, and the wine is strong, but the obvious irritation in the mouth exposes the younger age of the wine. Both the richness of taste and the taste are slightly inferior to Uganda.
    • Nose
      Smoky, rich vanilla aroma, freshly ground black pepper, summer sea breeze, kerosene, charcoal, lemon cake, apple juice, sweet, rich and fresh.
    • Taste
      Smoked, sugar cane water, sweet, shellfish, slightly salty, apple juice, lemonade, fruity, slightly irritating.
    • Finish
      Medium length, smoked, sea salt, lemon.

  47. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    这款酒像是Ardbeg Ten的桶强,整体风格清新明快,酒力强大,但是口腔中明显的刺激感,暴露了比较年轻的酒龄,无论是味道的丰富程度还是口感都略逊于乌干达。
    • Nose
      烟熏,浓郁的香草气息,新鲜研磨的黑胡椒,夏日的海风,煤油,木炭,柠檬蛋糕,苹果汁,香甜,浓郁,清新。
    • Taste
      烟熏,甘蔗水,清甜,贝类,淡淡咸味,苹果汁,柠檬水,果香,略有刺激感。
    • Finish
      中长,烟熏,海盐,柠檬。

  48. 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.

  49. pecathor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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

  50. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  51. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  52. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  54. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  55. Auriverdes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  56. 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.

  57. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  58. greg_0277 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Massive peat but iodized and lemony.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Thick smoke, iodine, maritime freshness
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful but incisive and which keeps a certain freshness thanks to the citrus fruits. Cold ash.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Rather on cold ash.

  59. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A sip of foam. With a few drops of water as far as I'm concerned. Too bad that Ardbeg does not record the true age of this nice drink.

  60. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  61. matfrl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  62. claymore84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 03-04-2020.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  63. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Personally prefer the Uigeadail over this, or even the 10 over this. But all these 3 remains the most reasonably price standard bottlings available.

  64. keizerjos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I am gradually becoming more and more interested in peated malt. Sweet, soft, campfire, smoke, citrus; standard words in my reviews. Maybe I even thought that all those kittens looked a bit alike. Until I tasted the Corryvreckan. Man man man. A world opened, what a nice drink that is.

    1/3 Blissful complex smoke with many details in the nose. Vanilla then already breaks through. Iodine, salt and seaweed. Then taste. Charcoal, little resin, more salt. Tingling on the tongue. Late, very late, comes the softness; a little apologetic in the aftertaste is a trace of honey, if you look well. But also licorice and salty licorice. Nowhere sharp or hard despite 57%. Top stuff.
    2/3 Because of the preparation - tweet 55+ people - he is now coming in much less quickly. The scent is soft silver and comforting without having to sit in front of a fire in the winter. Iodine in the distance. In the taste there is oak, campfire (dude!) Cherries in the distance, still a lot of peat - but very pleasant. Sharp though, despite the training camp. The peatje is soft, sweet and accessible.
    3/3 What a beautiful, modest and promising scent. Not specifically peated or smokey - just men's perfume; oak and some incense. In the taste immediately tobacco, light iodine, salt and indeed, now (peat) smoke. Something of swimming pool and snotty nose and jab in your nose if you dive wrong is also in it. For some reason I have to think about nettles. Interesting, exciting, fickle and with the wild freshness of limes, this one.

  65. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet peat smoke, citrus, toffee, vanilla, salty, leather, menthol, malty sweet
    • Taste
      92 92
      Vanilla, toffee, slightly peaty, honey sweetness
    • Finish
      90 90
      Intense and long-lasting

  66. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  67. S_S scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  68. claymore84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  69. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma:
    Asbestos, intense phenol smoke (first campfire and later some smoked ham), the high alcohol content stands out slightly in the nose, hints of fruit and vanilla, complex.

    Taste:
    Burning and tingling, full and oily, spicy with smoked aromas, oak, tart-sweet, intense, but also soft ...

    finish:
    Soft with warm smoke and smoked notes, spicy with oak, some tar or ink, sweet fruit components, malty / bready aromas. Very long, always accompanied by a warm smoky note.

    * with water Sweet and fruity here with warm smoky notes ...

  70. SRB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  71. Jasper1987 scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    (bottled 27/07/17)Bottle has been open for a year and is almost empty now. First time i opened it and sampled the whisky i was impressed. Its intense, rough, full-on, grabs you by the balls. It sweares and curses and you believe it. After i got to know it better i was getting more dissapointed every dram. It showed it's flaws and shortcomings. And all the swearing and cursing suddenly came from vulnerability. It was sharp, overly oaky, where is the balance in this monster?! There are not that many things going on, they're just really loud.. Now that the whisky has mellowed over time i'm liking it a bit better again. It's not bad, i do like the style, but i dont think it is worth the praise it still seems to get. Wish i knew how good 'the old' corryvreckan was!

    Neat: thick and creamy. smells like sticking plasters, bandade, oak(spices).. a lot of it. very dry. Orange skins, ginger and some salty, smokey/ashy, seewead going on. Less peat than expected. With water it gets a bit sweeter and a more smokey.

  72. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.

  73. comeandspeak scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

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

  74. 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

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

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

  76. 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|

  77. 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;

  78. Mr. D. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  79. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very strong and direct peat, fruity sweet, ashen, medicinal. Menthol and pepper. Strong and almost brutal. Islay as a concentrate.

  80. gerardvw scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  81. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      Chocolade, peat, tropisch fruit. Sinaasappel. Fijn.
    • Taste
      Banaan (of ananas), vanille, pure chocolade, barbecue. Kruidig. Peperig.
    • Finish
      Aangename barbecue, groene banaan en leer.

  82. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • 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

  83. whiskyd scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  84. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  85. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  86. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.

  87. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The peat rises to the nose like an explosion. Thick smoke, iodine, ash, a hint of camphor, ether. With the addition of water, vanilla comes out. The whole is very balanced, slightly spicy. In the mouth it is always well peaty, pepper, cloves, oil, a hint of lemon, vegetal touches that stand out strongly in a thunderous and very long finish. I find chicory in the retro-olfaction.
    It is less subtle than Uigeadail, closer to Ten in terms of flavors, but much more powerful and complex.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/06/ardbeg-corryvreckan.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  88. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  89. 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

  90. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  91. Grutslurp scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    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.

  92. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  93. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, oil, brown sugar, apples, charcoal
    • Taste
      Oil, butter, pepper, salmiak, honey.
    • Finish
      Medium pepper, salt and some dry

  94. DrBardamu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  95. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2014/05/30/ardbeg-corryvreckan-2013-ob-571/
    • Nose
      N: abbastanza alcolico, come prevedibile. Dimenticate limone e marzapane degli altri imbottigliamenti appena assaggiati (Ten e Supernova 2010), e metteteci mela, zucchero bruciato, tonnellate di liquirizia; scorza d’arancia. Ampie zaffate di legna… Di certo, pare più evidente l’apporto di una quota di sherry. Anche la torba cambia un po’: resta l’inquinamento, ma poi si affacciano cuoio, polvere da sparo, chicchi di caffè. Una spruzzatina di salmastro, presente ma con meno limpida ovvietà rispetto ai compari. Con acqua, curiosamente è proprio la marinità ad emergere e a stagliarsi definita, su un tappeto di braci e liquirizia.
    • Taste
      P: che botta di legno, in ingresso! Rivela più che al naso la sua caratteristica di whisky ‘costruito’, con grande attenzione rivolta ai legni; forse troppa? Allappa con certa foga scomposta, mentre sul fronte dei descrittori ci immaginiamo zucchero di canna, tamarindo, cola, fumo di pipa, arancia (marmellata?). L’acqua migliora moltissimo, davvero: il dolciastro vira in dolce, tutto si fa più rotondo ed equilibrato. Che differenza!
    • Finish
      F: ancora dolciastro, poi inquinamento, cenere, fumo acre, terra… lunghissimo, in perfetto Ardbeg-style…

  96. Max70 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Rating for a L10 bottle bought in 2011
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  97. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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.

  98. Immerenga scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  99. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  100. EJS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  101. Lorion scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Good. Full. Creamy. 80 points.
    • Nose
      Intense, sweet and phenolic smoke. Spicy honey with vanilla. It smells stiff, but also creamy.
    • Taste
      Ash, creamy vanilla, spicy-peaty to taste.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Ash, dry tobacco leaves.

  102. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet peat smoke, coals, mineral notes, citrus zests, sea spray, lilac soap, iodine, as well as a subtle sweetness of vanilla and dark chocolate. With water: herbaceous, juniper, thyme, peat fire, fishing nets.
    • Taste
      Wonderfully full and energetic start with full peat smoke, a pungent pepperiness, iodine, salt, burned herbs. With water: peaty, smoky, ashy and peppery oak.
    • Finish
      Very long, crushed juniper berries, which gradually turn into a sweetish peat note and finally end with hints of lilac soap.

  103. Schlossgespenst scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  104. Schlossgespenst scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Intense, powerful, wild. That's the best way to describe him; the several times mentioned sea storm is here program. However, he also owns a fine, almost delicate side, which only gradually opens up to one. These two facets are what I think make this malt so exciting.
    This is a whisky that requires dispute and does not reveal itself the first time. Malt tip!
    • Nose
      Oily-sooty smoke, mineral, maritime note, some salt and a certain, for me hard to define fruitiness (grape pomace?). Also some wood is still to smell. Despite the power, the flavors are beautifully interwoven.
      Later I smell a bit creamy chocolate, but rather sweet milk chocolate.
    • Taste
      Strong, smoky, sweet and oily. Darkness fights here with sweetness, saltiness with ashy smoke. Here is a true aroma weather on the palate. Tingling and tingling, it fades away, accompanied by ashes, soot and mocha set.
    • Finish
      Again, the woodiness and bitterness of the Mocca coffee grounds comes to bear; The strongest impression, however, is left by the smoky charcoal. The sea storm in the mouth echoes for a long time, accompanied by peppery spice.

  105. SaxAtPhone did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Werthers Original

  106. KOQ24 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose:

    Smoke, Black Pepper, Spices, Caramel, Seawater, Ash, Vanilla, malty, Spruce, Oak, Grapes, Coconut, Chewing Gum

    With water:  Apple, Pear, Apricot, Cinnamon

    Taste:

    Menthol, Honey, Herbs, Ash, Vanilla, Caramel, Plums, Raisins, Oak, Smoke, strong spicyness

    Finish:

    strong with a medium to long finishOverall:
    Provides enough of a difference to the Uigeadail to make it worthwhile.It also takes water better than the big U.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      60 60

  107. valery77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  108. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Color Pale strawNoseQuite a delightful bacon smell initially. later on this develops further in quite a lot of peat, ash and smoke. This together with some sweet vanilla and fruits, which becomes more pronounced with a drop of water.
    TasteStrong and spicy on the mouth, ashy and smoky with vanilla and some garden fruits. Also still very meaty. It gives a nice extra next to a standard Ardbeg 10, still my favourite daily dram.
    FinishQuite long and lingering. a nice battle in the mouth is going on between the charcoals, the sweet vanilla and the mighty peat.
    CommentsQuality dram, i prefer it with one or two drops of water, which allows more of the sweetness to show itself.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  109. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  110. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    good, but compared to the uigeadail, this one lacks the dark intensity
    • Nose
      grassy oily buttery peat, sugar sweetness, earth, burned wood, iodine, light yeast, minerals
    • Taste
      sweet, really spicy, bitter spices, maritime, light fruits, peat, smoke, light butter
    • Finish
      medium, still spicy, dry, light fruits, light butter, smoke, peat and minerals at the back followed by smoke and soft nuttiness

  111. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The classics of the last years, a beautiful silence, solid, with a vivid character, beautiful work with a fortress, piteous, deep. A great example of what NAS we need is high quality, reasonable price and no one cares anymore whether there is an age at the bottle or not.
    • Nose
      Warm, light, soft smoke, burnt fire, resin notes, smoked meat, soot, dried steam room in a Russian bath, iodine-marine tones.
    • Taste
      Sweet pepper on a powerful background of smoke and soot, sugar syrup, caramel, dry peat, charcoal, creamy sweetness, apple jam, churchkhela, behind the smoke hardly noticeable lemon notes.
    • Finish
      Dry, smoky, slightly peppery, activated charcoal, peat, lemon acid, in the background - cream, cake with jam, kurab;

  112. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  113. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A full bottle review, written over some time:

    N: An exotic creaminess on the nose suggests there’s more age in this 2012-13 bottle than the Bruichladdich PC8 i have alongside. There appears to be enough steady ‘slow & sure’ wood maturation framed around soft & sweet creamy vanillas and a sweet-sour allium vegetal youthful freshness with a hint of sherried rancio, horse-meat and porcini mushrooms in the background for the anticipation to grow. It’s a vibrant yet also relaxed & inviting nose. The oily phenols permeate the nasal airwaves on opening and remain doing so many months after, accompanied with a burnt-tyre, briny vegetal oiliness - the burnt note a mix of char and a whiff of desirable sulphur notes, it would appear. The smoke remains integrated but never obtrusive. I get further descriptors along the lines of pickled onions & salt n vinegar crisps mixed with crambe maritima/sea kale, moules mariniere, salty eggs [something about the connection between the sea, salt and chip shops going on here], more burned rubber [bands], onion tart and a soft=sweet peatiness. Not sure i’d immediately guess this as Ardbeg straight-off though comparing this with Ardbeg new make from the same period, the similarities are rather profound. Sweet meat, pickled onions [again,] plenty more salted crisps…. it's a busy nose. As time goes on, there are more resemblances to Port Charlotte, some Octomore and even a little shout to Kilchoman too - so this is turning out to be quite the Islay tribute. With an amazingly dry-salty yet vibrant oily-slick & sweet n sour nose - how could anything else but good whisky create such an oxymoronic=phenomena?
    T: The cask mix is rather tremendous, opening with a [bourbon?] savoury=sweet sea-vegetal freshness, an oaky-creamy smokiness and a well-weighted, fruity [sherried?] body -  the mix making sure this concoction remains youthfully savoury-sweet [bourbon?] balanced with [a sherried?] older element. Now it’s an oak=oily=peated, ashtray=bonfire-smoked malt with a truly desirable barley body with something of Bruichladdich at its heart and resemblances with the PC8 and its allium-vegetal centre that are most apparent, all with a watered mouth chew. It just falls away on the second half of the palate.
    F: Those creamy vanillas are back with more action before more smoky/malty-allium/vegetal-peat. There's a dry smouldering oak finish and with Serge’s cider note WF that is spot on - that man is brilliant. Dry bonfire smoke mixed with hot sauna pine wood concludes,….. but then again, the finish isn't finished. There’s then more swirling between the sweet-sour and smoky dry woods, and just when you think the dry smoke is closing up, the sour-sweet vegetal-bourbon vanillas come back for more.  For me, that vegetal-sour, sweet-vanilla remains key to Corryvreckan’s appeal.
    C: A rather decent bottle from 2013 [that thankfully, I have one bottle of left from that year]. I would love to have the opportunity to compare two or three Corryvreckan’s from different years side-by-side - has that been done? Over the duration, I scored this between 88-90, so reasonably i’ll go with 89 - the palate falling away, the decider Blog.

    Scores a B+

  114. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    More interesting than the Ten at least, if smoke and peat without sherry, then more like that
    • Nose
      Deep smoke and peat, dark chocolate, oil, tar, marshy soil, bitter oak, a few berries
    • Taste
      Full power, algae, peat, coffee and clear pepper, anise and saffron
    • Finish
      Long, strong smoky, peaty, malt, ass

  115. leocrazy scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  116. 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

  117. maltdude scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Neat stuff. Recommended.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke. Reminds me of a rubber shoe sole of a new shoe. Lemon zest, berries, some butter, vanilla, tar, sea salt, sea breaze, rosemary.
    • Taste
      Creamy and oily. Starting with some nice peat smoke that fills the mouth. Tangy and peppery. Some tobacco.
    • Finish
      The peat smoke still stays in your mouth, becoming a little dryer. Spicy and tangy. Mouthwatering. Sour. A long aftertaste with some bitter chocolate in the end. Maybe even some bitte oranges. Warming as it runs down the throat.

  118. Backaman scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    A very good ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Strong in the smell and difficult to extract smells as the high% takes over a little. But smells are available and come out a lot more with a few drops of water. A little pepprig smell.
    • Taste
      Strong directly in both stomach and throat, high% taste with aftertaste that leans a lot of pepper. Long burning, the pepprig is left but with a lazy goodness?
    • Finish
      Pepprigrig and burning. Hangs on for a long time.

  119. Backaman scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  120. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  121. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    had it head to head with uigeadaill and I find both have a similar quality though they are different.
    91/100
    • Nose
      very smoky, very tarry. brine and olives, camphor. a grapefruit in the background. gym socks. initially a little harsh but that´s getting better with some time in the glass.
    • Taste
      very smoky, very tarry, slightly briny. it starts almost sweet but getting drier very soon. water improves it still a little and makes it more accessible.
    • Finish
      long, smoky , tarry , warming

  122. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  123. Caoldronach scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Degrading quality? (date today is 19/02/2017):22/06/2016: 88.87 points (1275 votes)

    19/02/2017: 88.76 points (1404 votes)   

    From this you can derive:

    Voting between 22/06/2016 and 19/02/2017 is 129 votes:

    The verdict of the last 8 months is:  87.67 (129 votes).

    So during the last 8 months the verdict has degraded by 1.20  points!

    (P.S.: my own verdict of 92 points is from 2013)

  124. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  125. Malty-Malt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      91 91

  126. irrerelevant scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    L60999 05.01.15

    strong malt, unique style, love it, especially that tar and those berries
    • Nose
      heavy peat smoke, sweetness from brown cane sugar, vanilla, tar, rosemary, rose water, marzipane, dark chocolate red pepper, dry bitterness from walnuts, citrus zest, fresh european oak in the background, sour berries, no youth
    • Taste
      fierce, smoky at first, then dry, bitter, tangy, pepper and tar again, brown sugar again, espresso, dark caramel, those berries appear again
    • Finish
      Smoke, oak, dry, smoked bacon, tar and chocolate again, very long

  127. vojt466 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    So this is so soft, very woody, chocolate and, of course, strong enough. Overall, very full and in some ways rounded, it can hardly be said that it would be a peat monster. I think a little like Port Charlotte Scotish Barley.
    • Nose
      Without water: a rounded, woody and peat matter from which you can feel alcohol. Grass, seaweed, cream, tanned wood, nuts. With water: more fruit - citrus, oranges, green apples, dough, chalk, oak
    • Taste
      The taste is of course peat, dried wood, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar. After a while the light acidic fruitiness at the tip and the strength of alcohol and gum. It's such a sweet rum-cocoa pie with a gum :)
    • Finish
      Peat, wood, rubber, fireplace, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. The end is dry and long

  128. hansreitzema scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  129. hansreitzema scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, leather, charcoal, cherry
    • Taste
      Medicinal, peat, cherry, bit salty
    • Finish
      Long, burns nicely after

  130. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a very good dram, with a plus, very well integrated alcohol, which does its job at the end of the tasting.
    • Nose
      peat, vanilla, it's a bit caramelized, and spicy
    • Taste
      very strong scent of citrus, grass, medicine, back woody, spicy and peaty fat!
    • Finish
      medium to long with pepper, grass, peat, orange candied old fruits, it's good.

  131. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  132. Laga93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  133. Andytka3 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    (2012 bottling)

    N:-
    Oyster shell, sea sand and fishing net filled the glass with distant
    smokes, balance with whiff of new leather. Kippery and strong marine
    character with hints of vanilla. A class. P:- Oaky dry with abundant of sweet malt and roasted salted nuts.
    Intense with chewy tannin grape skins. Great depth and firm structure.
    Refine smokes of burnt vanilla and whiff of medicinal notes plays its
    part at the back. Entertaining.

    F:- Bold and spicy, dark bitter chocolate with waves of tarmac at the tail.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  134. drunkencrow scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    A powerful Islay scotch. One of my all time favorite drinks.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      97 97

  135. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  136. normand1972 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  137. yggr scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  138. Gondwana scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  139. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    One of my favorite Ardbeg expressions. According to the whisky ambassador, it's matured in 1st fill European oak sherry casks and 2nd fill bourbon casks. 
    • Nose
      Floral-peat, oak, and sweet-sherry
    • Taste
      Floral-peat, sweet baking spices, and orange blossom water

      licorice, citrus peel, and iodine
    • Finish
      a bit of caramel with iodine and oak

  140. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Clearly less round and accessible than the Uigeadal, I still prefer this version. A top quality whisky has a very affordable price, what more can you ask for? A mention of age? No need when the product is good!
    • Nose
      A dry, earthy, lemony Ardbeg, well what I like in the distillery. Powerful and uncompromising peat, not (or very little) Sherry intake. I love
    • Taste
      A hair rounder than the nose but it is still very austere and earthy. always lemon, dry peat, a peppery return to the end of the mouth. A classic Ardbeg, closer to the distillate.
    • Finish
      Long and invasive of smoke.

  141. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Still Uigeadail is my favorite Ardbeg, but better than the Ten
    • Nose
      Smoke, salt. citrus, grapes, caramel, medicines, grass, rubber, benzine
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily, smoky with sweet / sour effects: grapefruit, salt, tobacco, ginger, pepper, cocoa, tannic wood and barbecue
    • Finish
      Long, smoke, salt, spices and wood

  142. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The smell, despite the intense smoke, is milder than I would have expected; I feel comfortable. The start is so powerful that it makes me forget the mild smell. This is a whisky to warm up after a stormy autumn walk. The very long finish is warm and intense.
    • Nose
      Intense sweet smoke, sugared lemon, lemon balm, in the background some caraway, after a moment comes a clear iodine note, white cabbage, the more intense the longer the whisky breathes
    • Taste
      Soft body with a mighty warming approach, a log fire for the palate on the border between warm and almost too hot, smoke, orange, slight bitterness, some oak, sweetish spicy
    • Finish
      Glowing he slides down the throat, every drop is felt, in the mouth remains the impression of ash and wood, bittersweet, some apple juice, very long

  143. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  144. p4blo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Certainly one of the best drams out there at this price range.
    • Nose
      Bonfire smoke, salt, seawee, gasoline and brine versus candelwax, lemon, white grapes, butter and popcorn. Nice complexity, great balance.
    • Taste
      Quite intense smokiness nicely balanced by sweet and sour sensation of lemon, grapefruits and sugar plus some salt and spices lingering on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Quite long with the ashy smokiness nicely emphasised, but the lemony side still contributing.

  145. peterjpvanas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Colour: Gold

    Nose: a strong Ardbeg signature. Smoky, some salt and medicinal notes.

    Taste: some citrus coming through. medicinal, salty, 

    Finish: smoky, salty. peat and wood notesStrong finish

    presentation: Label is appealing
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  146. Peaty_Nino scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  147. cuhp scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Classic standard bottling from Islay. The alcohol is well integrated without being too much and the same goes for the peat. I prefer this over Ardbeg 10, despite the lack of age on the label. 
    • Nose
      Classic salty Ardbeg with some burned wood, caramel, light medicinal notes and slightly sour. 
    • Taste
      First dry peat combined with licorice. Then sweet peat and tobacco. 
    • Finish
      Sweet with vanilla, peat and wood. 

  148. sopie scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  149. Waykid scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It's good, can't disagree. However it has an ashy sootines and a bitterish character on the palate that seems not so well integrated and makes it a bit less pleasurable to me than Uige: in Ardbegs core-range Uige is the big one for me. However it is easily understandable that this may really be the kick for someone else.
    • Nose
      A salty smoke, honey, mortar, green apple, black tee and an alcoholy sting nicely coming through all this. Light lemon, a very nice sweetness comes from under the savoury overcoat, fresh and fruity. The nose really softens, sweetens and rounds up with time & water.
    • Taste
      Mortar, strong smoke, initially quite short. Algae, saltwater and mussels. Turns a bit bitterish: the water doesn't sweeten the taste as much as the nose.
    • Finish
      Bitterish, last long and softens & sweetens. Nice development.

  150. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  151. d1scostu scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  152. kot1803 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  153. Spirit of Delphi scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    All-round whisky 91 points
    • Nose
      Nice campfire smoke over fruits, hard to make out which, maybe apples and pears, undiluted you can feel the alcohol
    • Taste
      Wonderful balance of smoke and fruity sweetness, now more oranges, light spiciness, nice complex
    • Finish
      Endless, smoky, warming

  154. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Wet camp fire smoke, bright fruits, railway tracks.
    • Taste
      Barbecue smoke. Maritime with a bittersweet component.

  155. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting --- Wichtelbus XX - Blind with smoke *
    • Nose
      Without having the glass on your nose, you can smell a pervasive smoky note. With the nose above the glass, the smoke is stronger, but at the same time you can also sniff the bright fruity notes (green apple, not quite ripe pear) that appear behind the smoke. Salt comes from the sea, sea smell from the Wadden Sea. Stranded algae. Seaweed. Leather and tobacco notes. Seasoning of black pepper. Smoke and fruit are very well interwoven after a while in the nose. Peat smell occurs. The smoke stays for a long time.
    • Taste
      Strong spicy, smoky, peaty onset. He has power! Marine associations crowd here. Seaweed and salt in the nose. Strongly peaty. Coffee notes, dark chocolate. Old leather, cold campfire. The fruit notes are much more restrained on the tongue than in the nose. Removes some lemon and apple.
    • Finish
      Long finish that hardly gets dry. Smoke and peat are dominant until the end.

  156. Pyromann scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The combination of Smoke Islay with sweetness, which is perfectly balanced and productive, matures. If the whisky was music, this would be a metal cover on Dvorak. Super, I enjoyed it only if it was not so expensive. Compared to the 10y, it is not so rough, it works rather smoothly and evenly.
    • Nose
      Smoke and sherry, the mix of sweets and smoke is really good, well balanced.
    • Taste
      Beautifully full, balanced, goes in the footsteps of the scent. Smoke, such a mature sherry sweetness, smoked. The folders are perfectly matched together.
    • Finish
      Smoke, typical smoked Ardbeg, but it's not such a rough cut as 10y.

  157. Glennie scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very balanced whisky I think.

    N: Maritime "Beach" notes. Bonfire smoke and smoked fish. Not really medicinal. Also some sweetness. Hints of white fruits in the background.

    T: Sweet with a solid blast of peat. Some fruitiness kicks in. Citrus. Salty and maritime. Mild coffee and milk chocolate.

    F: Long and lovely. Spicy. Notes of dark chocolate and gentle peat lingers on.

    An excellent dram imho. It takes water really well. A teaspoon full for a dram works wonders for me. Brings out a lot of complexity. It is with water it crosses the 90 point line for me.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  158. Unclimbability scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Colour: Gold

    Body: Full

    Nose: Even more intense than the Oog. Cough sweets, spicy and herbal, pine resin and needles, light toffee and fudge, lime tang, vanilla sweetness. Sweet sulphurous smoke, working kiln, engine oil, tar, earthy oiliness.

    Water: More sweetness, more vanilla, more sweet sulphur, sweet orange. More orange after a bit.

    Taste: Big and intense. Creamy, oily, lots of peat smoke, cough sweets. Developing citrus sweetness with lemon and lots of lime and then building spicy tannins with lots of intense ginger and white pepper.

    Water: Much softer arrival, building smoke and citrus- Lots of orange and lime but much more creamy. The oak kicks in after a few seconds with lots of spice- Ginger, nutmeg and white pepper with fresh oak.

    Finish: Long length. Light peat smoke fades with spice staying- Oaky tannins and lime citrus.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  159. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  160. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Less balanced than his boyfriend, tested after him, he is I think more interesting.Sa spicy mouth probably comes from a poorly integrated alcohol cons. He really has character and is more explosive.
    • Nose
      Do not be so different from the Uigeadail. We have fat peat, a herbaceous side (aniseed) and a medicinal. Salt is on the other hand more in withdrawal. A side charcoal and grilled wood adds. Although technically, coal is grilled wood ...
    • Taste
      The mouth is raised. Ginger, pepper, chilli. The peat is fat and tries to bring a balance. Some touches of exotic fruits (pineapple flambé) and grilled meat
    • Finish
      Finale sometimes salty and on the smoke / grilled meat, sometimes frankly spicy. Shorter than the Uigeadail, only the smoke remains.

  161. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  162. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    Had this in a combo with a Uiggy. I find this more fruity and not as dry. My favourite of the two.
    • Nose
      fresh peat, sweet smoke and a little bit salty

      bitter orange, dark berries, old wood

      some kind of disinfectant that I find very pleasing
    • Taste
      lots of spices, hot pepper, peat comming through

      sweet drying tanins and surprisingly fruity after the hot arrival
    • Finish
      Smoke, peat and spices

      long into the finish I find delicate sweet strawberries with cream suddenly appearingleaves the mouth feeling hot for quite some time

  163. ahroeen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  164. Andygoethe scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

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

  165. Andygoethe scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    In the beginning, It's didn't power
    imagination of 57.1ABV powerful, but the strength is slowly, deeply, quiet,
    warm like the whirlpool, and the surprise is balance of the peaty and sweetness
    with long finish.
    • Nose
      Strong, rich fruit aroma that should be
      reasonable of French cask matured, sweet and comfortable, In fact I did not
      smell so-called tar or sulfur oil, but it's obviously of the camp fire, smoke
      and caramel aroma peat.
    • Taste
      Grape juice spread all the way, like swirl
      all the way down, and then refreshing, sweet and sour tropical fruit. Peat
      smoke go back full oral and some honey, plum-tomato with salinity appear and
      rolling again and again~~~.
    • Finish
      The finish is long peat smoke and fruity
      brandy, tide and a little bit salty taste, rich grease, woody and dark
      chocolate.

  166. martinni scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  167. Daan Tje scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  168. Thinh Nguyen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Very good whisky. Balanced and mix between BB and Sherry Cask. My favourite.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  169. skratte scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  170. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  171. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  172. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    My favorite every day Ardbeg - even a bit better than the Uigeadail
    • Nose
      Fresh, invitingly sweet, peaty,salty
    • Taste
      Peaty, woody, lemony, balanced sweetness, hot white pepper
    • Finish
      the typical wood fire and charcoal smoke like a scout campfire

  173. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Astonishing! A brilliant whisky - very complex, rich and powerful. Well
    balanced, intense and mouth-watering with an excellent combination of
    sweetness, citrus fruit, peat, smoke, warming spice and medicinal
    flavour. Water opens it up very nicely. Great value for your money. A
    venturesome journey into Corryvreckan!

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Very intense and powerful on the nose. Sweet peat smoke mixed with
      cherry-derived flavours and delicate fruity elements. Lemons arrive with
      blackcurrant and a touch of slightly bitter orange peel. Sugar
      sweetness and fine marzipan notes linger with dark chocolate and a
      maritime briny character of seaweed and some spicy notes in the back.
      Very appetising.
    • Taste
      A pleasantly sweet start on the palate with a delicate fruity aroma of
      peach jam and tangerine, followed by gentle peat smoke and a huge depth
      of mouth filling spices - pepper, cloves, and tannic oak. A dry texture
      which enhances the alcohol bite. Prickling oak and very peppery on the
      tongue. Medicinal flavours add to the warming spiciness, mixed with
      liquorice and some nice lemon flavours. Dark chocolate, walnut and cocoa
      notes linger towards a dry finish. Exceedingly mouthfilling.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long and powerful with lots of warming spices.
      There’s a continuously switch between medicinal flavours, peat, pepper,
      black tarry coffee, and sea salt. Extremely fascinating.

      WITH WATER:
      Water enhances the sweetness on the nose, bringing more citrus fruit to
      the fore. The peat smoke and medicinal flavours are tamed with water.
      There’s immediately sweetness and a massive hit of warming spiciness on
      the palate with delicate peat smoke and dry notes of chocolate and
      walnuts. The finish is long, sweet with lingering peat smoke and a
      delicate medicinal edge on the tail.

  174. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  175. Opeth83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  176. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Strong, young, violent Islay in quasi-strength - fine thing, there are some, this has little special or recognition value for me, so I would like to fall back on something like that more on a cheaper (possibly noname) variant.
    • Nose
      very strong, cold smoke, bitter-vegetable (water-plague, grass, flower-cut), sea-air, salty freshness / mint (or does the alcohol burn in the nose?) ... with water (quite a lot) you can also get sweeter notes, Vanilla, sniff apple ... but why?
    • Taste
      smoky, bitter vegetal, peppery spicy ... spent sponge cake, some chocolate ... heavy
    • Finish
      long, bittersweet, peppery

  177. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: intense peat smoke, honey, vanilla, some fruit
    Taste: strong smoke, pepper, some honey
    Finish: long, smoky, slightly oak, dry, dark chocolate

  178. maltaholic scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Smells very medically, very phenolic, you have to like that. A first sip is quite aromatic, spicy, but then comes the cloves, which I simply can not have. Not really convincing.

  179. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another great NAS whisky by Ardbeg, but I prefer the Uigeadail.

    Everbody should compare them directly.

  180. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  181. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  182. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Rubber. Mineral peat. Grassy peat. Old sea shells. Overripe apples. Lemon rind. Fennel. Mulch. A dentists room. Acacia sap. Charcoal. 
    • Taste
      Thick tar. Earthy peat. Tobacco. Iodine. Woody vnailla. Honey. Salt. Pine cones. 
    • Finish
      Long. Oily smoke. Lemons. Dirt. Brine. Rubber. Bitter coffee. Honey.

  183. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I like it more than Uigeadail!

  184. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very intense smoke and ashes. An excellent combination of smoke, a drop of honey, some vanilla and cigars. 

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Ashes, smoke, cane sugar, honey, vanilla, sea minerals, some benzine, cigar smoke, some very overripe fruits, hay.
    • Taste
      Smoke, brine, maritime, ashes, hay, grass.
    • Finish
      Very long. Sweet ashes, tabaco, tar, cigar smoke.

  185. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A successful smoker.
    • Nose
      Well, Ardbeg just. Strong, cold but pleasant smoke. Extinct campfire. As well a lot of iodine and seaweed. Maritime associations. Beyond it honey sauce, light fruit and vanilla. Some white pepper and mint from the alcohol, but not disturbing.
    • Taste
      First the cold campfire smoke, iodine and sea breeze, followed immediately by a strong chili-catch, followed by honey, vanilla and green apples. Summer meadow.
    • Finish
      Long and pleasant, slightly dry. Smoke, syrup, some coffee.

  186. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  187. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    My second favourite Ardbeg so far. I didn't care much for the 10 and Uggy, and of the standard range this has impressed the most so far. 
    • Nose
      Fat peat, sweet bbq meat, and light honey smoke. 
    • Taste
      Big spice hit. Billowing smoke, soft honey, peat, toast, and bbq meats again. 
    • Finish
      Billowing sweet but tannic smoke and rich peat. Fades into sweet bbq smoke and peat. 

  188. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  189. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  190. Paulski88 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  191. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I prefer the Uigeadeal much more. A lot of bitterness which I do not like to o much is finalizing this perfect starting dram. Nevertheless it is an excellent choice for its money. Sláinte! 

    Edit: The second try of this whisky was much better as the bitterness is more or less gone.
    • Nose
      The typical Ardbeg smoke comes to my nose which let me think of barbecue nights and memories at the beach (salty note). After a while you get more fruity notes as well as caramel, sugar and nuts.
    • Taste
      Intensive start with a lot of alcohol but not negative. It is more like a ride to hell in a rollercoaster where you know that finish will be safe and smooth. I taste of intene pepper, barbecue steaks but later also sweetnes so caramel.  
    • Finish
      The finish is not bad but it is not impressing me too much. I have a lot of tobacco in the throat and I expected more after that great nose and taste. 

  192. Peter87 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  193. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It is realy memorable like Ardbeg Uigeadail. Melancholic funeral whisky that torture yours taste by cruel force, but at the same time stroking it the creaminess and a pleasant sweetness.
    • Nose
      It smells like a burning peat heated between the tire and the wet gravel. As a catalyst, there is sugar.
    • Taste
      Heavily peaty and smoky, without citrus rather with a sort of creamy sweetness, which is perfect with a heavy ardbeg smoke. It's heavier and more melancholy than Uigeadail.
    • Finish
      Long-long  smoke stuffed by smoke coated in smoke.

  194. Pikehunter scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The taste explode in your mouth, and stay there for a long long time.
    I love this dram.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  195. u485tfu scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    85P

    Odor: fat peat smoke, medical, gum, liquorice, anise, charcoal, fruity sweetness

    Taste: absolute fire bomb, sharp burning onset, while still very sweet

    Finish: medicine, iodine, smoke. With water definitely better, now dominated by anise, even salt

    Verdict: Super-hard medical Ardbeg, style rather Laphroaig

  196. FernetBranco scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Breathtaking malt - one of the best money can buy...
    Very peaty, very smokey with a sweet finish. Perfect dram!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  197. irrerelevant scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    L60999 05.01.15
    nose heavy smoke, is carried by a beautiful sweetness (such as cane sugar with a little vanilla), clear tree resin (pine, fir or similar), rosemary, rose water / marzipan, there is dark milk chocolate, red pepper, some dry bitterness (walnut / Brazil nut ), Lemon zest, fresh European oak in the background, some not sweet dark berries (sometimes currant, blackberry or cranberry), now and then Bowmore cowshed, very full the whole, does not look old, but mature, no disturbing youth, the light Rosé hue suggests that the (few?) Used wine barrels were fresh, water brings out vanilla
    taste Fierce! first the strong smoke, followed by a strong dry, slightly bitter and oaky spice, the pepper is there, the resinous note is present and goes well with the brown sugar, which sets a counterpoint to this heavy spice, which literally crackles in the mouth, as if I spoon the muscovado from the base of my ristretto, dark chocolate, dark caramel, the berries accompany the whole, with water mineral, tingling
    leaving Smoke, spicy oak, dry, smoked bacon, resin and some chocolate, very long (especially the resin), and at the very end again hints of berries (slightly dry and sour)
    Very big malt, even if there is already a scooter coaster, the Corryvreckan would not give a worse ride. What's going on in the mouth, really neat. The nose is excellent, the onset fierce, after the nose I would have liked more berries, but compensate for this great resinous note and the muscovado. I think he can tolerate water, but he does not need it, but the spice is "broken down", the European oak is clearer, vanilla and berries get through better, liquorice is added, not quite as violent and explosive, but still incredibly intense

  198. wbarchive_424758 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  199. Glenladdie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  200. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I really like whiskys like this one.
    • Nose
      Tastes like sawdust smoldering between wet gravel and heated tire. And all of it mixed with cough syrup.
    • Taste
      Extremely smoky and mineralized. Sweet and vanilla taste. Perfectly balanced. 
    • Finish
      Smoke slightly disappear and its replaced by wet gravel, minerals and dryness. 

  201. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tastes like sawdust smoldering between wet gravel and heated tire.

  202. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  203. Maczet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  204. The Macallan scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A quick note made on 30-05-2015 at Ardbeg Day

    Rounded, rich, sherry like, sweetish and some light peppery notes.

    Loved it!

  205. Dionysus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  206. Laga93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  207. whiskyroma scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  208. Pdh scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    N Balansed smoke, grapefruit and pear
    T Oily smoke going to fruit then cinnamon. Some rubber
    F Long peppery dry fruit
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  209. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  210. steinrich scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great Whisky!!!!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  211. ARMINUS scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Campfire ash, too toasted bread, smoked ham, very strong "Earl Gray". The smoke flavors are carried by a beautiful vanilla and honey. If fruit is then discreet in the background. Very slight traces of sherry.
    • Taste
      Bum. There he is. Mighty smoke but also typical Ardbeg a nice sweetness. Strong, spicy, spicy (not alcoholic) on the tip of the tongue. Then drying very fast. The milk chocolate turns into espresso. The alcohol is noticeable but not disturbing.
    • Finish
      Long, smoke-worn finish with hints of yellow fruit.

  212. whiskyroma scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    C: Amber

    N: Peat, smell of gasoline and camphorated oil are never vanishing and prominent scents; other than this we had sweeter, fruit-like sensations, Williams pears and grapefruit, to go with a cough syrup. The addition of some water makes the distillate a little bit more marine, gaining in salty and spicy character.

    P: Peat is aggressive and pleasant at the same time. Typical bitter vegetable tastes, like roasted chicory, and smoked herring characterize the distillate, together with some blueberry-like sweetness; it gets savory with the addition of water, increasing the alcoholic strength.

    Body is viscous.

    F: Not too long; sensations bring us back to the palate, smoked fish and peat, with a note of licorice.

    Ardbeg is ever an Ardbeg and this Corryvreckan makes no exception, the alcoholic section is well balanced and all tastes are perfectly amalgamated. This Ardbeg can be very attractive for a lot of young minds around the World

    86,5/100

  213. Rom scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Vanilla and peaty nose, a barn, oak, caramel, clove and a little marine note. Peaty, sweet mouth. Long final. Good but less than the Uigedail.

  214. Patrick93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  215. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  216. Peter87 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  217. Jaydee scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    An excellent complex whisky, great taste and wonderful long finish. One of the best peated whiskies I have tasted sofar.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  218. cautopates scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      very complex, complex! Light sea salt note, aromatic smoke, hardly any phenolic notes, freshness, then slight sweetness: possibly wild berries, then maritime again, smoke, After adding water: Swedish sauna alternating with fruit notes
    • Taste
      POWERFUL !!! Maritime, tar, smoke: Campfire, hardly sweet, great! Will be much better after adding some water. More sweetness, campfire smoke
    • Finish
      Long! Much spiciness, peppery, smoke, dark chocolate

  219. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    my favorite (standard) avatar. Again and again an experience that I find so no other whisky
    • Nose
      Smoke, peppery, chili, vanilla, quite dry, floral notes
      with water, the nose is less dry, the first part of my taste description comes more to fruition
    • Taste
      the whisky with the most intense mouthfeel, which I have drunk so far, first very creamy sweet with vanilla, a little like the Ten only more intense, then as soon as you let a little air in the mouth comes a sudden change to a strong spiciness with lots of pepper and Oak, over all there is heavy smoke,
      with water, the transition becomes smoother, which I personally find a pity, because I prefer to leave the water
    • Finish
      very long, spicy with dry smoke in the background, there is no hint of the sweetness

  220. WillemvdK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Stunning peatbomb! It's a lot like the standard 10yo, but at cask strength and (probably as a result) much more complex.
    • Nose
      Ash, mineral peat smoke, cut grass, lemons, powdered sugar and smoked ham. Quite dry. Lots to discover behind the curtain of smoke!
    • Taste
      Very smoky, mineral and compared to the nose quite a sweet arrival. Fresh apples, citrus and vanilla pods. Straight up bourbon maturation.
    • Finish
      Dry, a slight bitterness. Smoke remains, transforms into something quite mineral.

  221. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  222. taldish scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  223. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  224. dave3 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  225. Marvin MacLight scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  226. Tomh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  227. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/ardbeg-corryvreckan-committee-release-vs-standard-34031/ Color: full gold
    Nose: Peppery herbs and very salty lemons, grapefruit and green apples surrounded by clouds of smoke.
    Taste: Powerful alcohol that gives a full mouthfeel. Very much lemon and salt, but also creamy, smoky peat - pleasant and not overwhelming. Then again fresh herbs, grapefruit and grass in a generally very maritime held malt.
    Finish: Extremely long - very pronounced aromas of citrus (lemon essence), fresh herbs with spearmint, peaty, dry and with vanilla.
    Note: The vanilla flavors only come into their own when the dry part starts in the finish.
    89 points (nose: 89 / taste: 89 / finish: 90)

  228. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Simply wow.
    • Nose
      Voll und komplex. Hinter dem Rauch kommt Süße hervor. Vollmilchschokolade. Krokant. Karamell. Haselnüsse. Kandierte Äpfel und Aprikosen. Teer. Nasse Erde. Schmierstoffe einer KFZ-Werkstatt.
    • Taste
      Weicher Antritt. Nach kurzer Zeit pfeffrig werdend. Der Rauch kommt hervor. Süß und salzig zugleich. Honig. Mokka.
    • Finish
      Eine Urgewalt im Mund. Nach einem durchaus weichen Antritt zeigt sich der Rauch. Süße Aromen bekleiden den Gaumen. Cerealien. Vollmilchschokolade. Krokant. Später Leder. Tabak. Espresso.

  229. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  230. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Powerful and intense malty, apple, seewead, grapefruit
    • Taste
      Firm, fruity, peat smoke, lemons, salty, bitter grass
    • Finish
      Long, salty, smoky, apples

  231. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  232. Paulski88 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      60 60

  233. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good stuff! No doubt! Still, one of the best Ardbegs' out there. 

    (Rating interval 87-90)
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, smoked bacon, baked bananas, massive with tar, grass, is it wet grass or hay? Both I believe. Some dry leather and fresh tobacco is in the background, also butter scotch. 
    • Taste
      Peat smoke and sugar, burnt sugar, fried bananas and syrup, smoky sweetness, really complex. Bacon again, salty caramelized bacon and black pepper.
    • Finish
      It's really long, THIS IS A FINISH! Behind the peat smoke there is a distinct fruitiness that returning right back on the palate. Some chili pepper and brine. 

  234. Buckeyechemie scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Nose: Peat, smoked bacon, iodine, candied ginger, golden raisins, baked apples, cinnamon, (cayenne pepper w/ water).

    Taste: Peat, chili peppers, brown sugar, plums, charcoal, sea salt, smoked fish, oak, leather, tobacco, ash, bacon, wafting smoke.

    Oily, BOLD! This is a party in my mouth...the kind of Hollywood montage-type party, that begins in a house fire and ends in memorable and enjoyable memories. Numbs the gums and flavors continue developing through the long finish. Less of a whirlwind of complexity with water. A collection must.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  235. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  236. joep scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  237. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  238. Fable scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  239. Lucas Falchero scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Excellent.
    • Nose
      Tourbé, fruité, caramel, girofle.
    • Taste
      Puissant mais graduellement.
    • Finish
      Assez longue.

  240. drkrylov scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  241. Taita scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Some water controls the all too heavy taste 
    • Nose
      Peat, nougat, see weed, caramel, orange, cigar box, carbolic, marmelade
    • Taste
      Peat, orange, liquorice,  cigar box, marmelade, carbolic, pepper, almond, ash, syrup, sandal wood, see weed
    • Finish
      Peat, marmelade, nougat, cigar box, long....

  242. Roelv scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    At the moment my favorite peat monster. And reasonable priced for the quality you're getting
    • Nose
      Ash, Tar , Smoke , Peat , Lemon , White pepper , Oak
    • Taste
      sweeter then i expected, Peat, Lemon, Ash, hint of oak
    • Finish
      long sweet smokey finish , ends in dry ash

  243. Lovelytaste scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    bang 4 your buck 84%
    • Nose
      spicy, herbs, vanille..
    • Taste
      turf, pepper, citrus, grainy...
    • Finish
      earth, ground, earth, chocolate..

  244. Superted scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  245. Superted scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat Smoke Zilt chocolate
    • Taste
      smoke turf zilt salmiak

  246. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  247. ASWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    a whisky without equal
    Primal forces Ardbeg without frills
    • Nose
      intense peat and salty spice, Ardbeg typical, sea water from the port, leather, ripe apricots, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      Peat and smoke Islay, salt and seasoning, vanilla, grasses sweet clover,
      a true and strong Islay experience of the highest quality
      Primeval forces in the mouth
    • Finish
      long, peat, smoke, leather, wood, lots of salt liquorice and tobacco
      also in the finish a strong and straight Ardbeg

  248. sjefke scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  249. Abydoss scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Ein Hauch dunkle Schokolade, salzig nach Meer, leichte Vanille (nach
      Zugabe von Wasser intensiver), mild fruchtige Süße, dezente
      Zitrusfrüchte (süßlich, säuerlich)

      Dazu intensiver Rauch, aber sehr gut eingebunden. Er überdeckt die anderen Aromen nicht, sondern harmoniert sehr gut mit ihnen.
    • Taste
      Sehr intensiv prickelnd pfeffrig, rauchige Noten im Hintergrund, eine Spur starker Kaffee (Espresso / Mocca).

      Unverdünnt im Antritt eine sehr interessante. frische Note von frisch geschnittenem Gras.
    • Finish
      Sehr lang und pfeffrig, trocken. Deutlicher Rauch, ein wenig Eichenwürze und wieder die Schokolade.

  250. joho scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The best cask strength from Arbeg money can buy

  251. icon_of_sin scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    At first I did not like him, but always had the need to try it. Meanwhile he comes f
    • Nose
      Lots of smoke, medically, motor oil, washed grill grate, sea salt, candy / sugar water, star anise and dark chocolate.
      With H2O nutty and slightly sour (citrus), unripe banana, burned gum, brine bath, wet soil.
    • Taste
      Very strong onset, ashes, wet soil, phenolic, lots of smoke, maritime notes and pepper.
    • Finish
      Violent with lots of smoke and medicinal notes, dry, machine oil and synthetic notes.

  252. Furtia scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  253. ALouis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Color :
    Gold

    Nose :
    Beautiful peat, on the cold ashes mixed with cereals, oat cake.

    Marks
    medicinal, and citrus in the background.

    The water brings him
    more iodized notes and becomes more mineral.

    Mouth :
    Smooth attack on peat, cold ashes and medicinal notes.

    Evolves on the
    citrus fruits, especially lemon.

    The water succeeds him
    also on the palate, soothing the peat and bringing a little complexity
    on camphor and cereals.

    Long enough final
    on iodized notes then cold ashes again.

  254. d1scostu scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Smoke, although weaker than the Ten, dark sweetness, vanilla, espresso, the longer you sniff, the sweeter it gets, but without citrus, as with other ardbegs, slightly salty
    Taste: sharp on tongue and neck, heavy sweetness, smoke
    Finish: medium long, smoke comes through very clearly again, very dominant
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  255. HunterRomario scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In direct comparison with Uigeadil loses both points and price. Here, the smoke at the end is really much, at the expense of everything else, but despite this reservation, it is top-notch.
    • Nose
      Smoked meat, smoke, iodine medicine, sweet sweets, smoked.
    • Taste
      Bumpy, layered, salty than Uigeadail. On the tongue, at first, it is soft to make a huge amount of delay, this whisky fills up after swallowing.
    • Finish
      Dozvuk is dragged, cracked, the absolute "smokehouse".

  256. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The Corryvreckan was brought in to replace the much lamented 1990

    vintage. Thankfully this is a powerhouse classic Ardbeg that draws on a

    multitude of cask styles for its recipe. It is oily, thick, sweet,

    medicinal and tarry with rich phenols and smoke.

  257. torf-alk scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Epitome of the untamed character of Islay
    • Nose
      Intense smoke, tar and dark chocolate combine with currants, brown sugar and earthy notes .
    • Taste
      Powerful with pepper, seaweed and espresso. This is followed by dark fruits and star anise
    • Finish
      Long and deep with smoke and pepper.

  258. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    At first it took me some time to come around to the Peat side of scotch.

    This version was highly recommended and since then, it has been harder

    to come by. I have appreciated it now that I have learned that you need

    to savor the flavor on this one for a good two three minutes to get the

    full span. If you were to just pour and sip and drink down like it was

    juice, you would lose so much of the work that went into this beauty,

    enjoy if you can find it.

  259. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    As a replacement for the much-loved 1990 Airigh nam Beist, Ardbeg

    Corryvreckan had some pretty big shoes to fill, but the good news is

    that this is a belter, winning World`s Best Single Malt Whisky at the

    World Whisky Awards 2010 and Best No Age Statement Scotch from Jim

    Murray`s Whisky Bible.

  260. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  261. Collector57 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

     
    • Nose
      Peat and tar. Lots of tar. Some sherry influence? Malty and creamy too underneath that
    • Taste
      Oily, peaty, creamy, tar, salt. Great flavour!
    • Finish
      Wow! This is a powerful and long finish. Loads of peat. Very warming.

  262. Lafroy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Strong notes of peat, some iodine, sweetness, sea notes, seaweeds and strong countryside. Additionally, wet hay and caws. Some notes of spirit and oak.
    • Taste
      It starts with strong and deep sweetness, honey, grilled paprika, malted barley, peat, hot spices, white pepper and bitterness. Everything seems to disappear to let dryness and hot spices it. Also strong notes of sea water and seaweeds.
    • Finish
      Very long, hot, dry and sweet at the end. Hints of sea salt and intensive sweetness.

  263. JayR scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    Very good. Big strong finish. As good or better than supernova. Somebody give me a cigar.
    • Nose
      Peat, clorine, salt, acetone.
    • Taste
      Bacon, cheese, peat, salt
    • Finish
      Bacon, chesse, long.

  264. Tuna78 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    A splendid whisky with lots of peaty and liqourice aromas. As I like the finnish salmiak and liquorice this really hits my palate. A wonderful and still affordable Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Peat, oranges, toasted cashew nuts, melted unsalted butter, some salmiak (ammonium chloride)
    • Taste
      Minerals, seamans liquorice, peat, tar, sweet
    • Finish
      Smoky, peaty and tarry

  265. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Superb whisky, there is not much to add, one of my favorites.
    • Nose
      A hellish attack on the nose, smoke, tar, cigar smoke. In the background a bit strong chocolate scent, cocoa.
    • Taste
      Great peat flavors, superbly composed. Deep, powerful and wonderful.
    • Finish
      Long as a Fidel Castro speech ... ;)

  266. peathead scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A typical Ardbeg that's for sure. A 'got-to-have' whisky if you ask me, if you love Ardbeg of course.
    • Nose
      Big peat, smoke and iodine flavours. In other words: the prototypical Ardbeg notes.
    • Taste
      It takes a kick start. Immediately there is an explosion of peat, smoke, brine. This is an 'in your face' kind of whisky ... and I like it.
    • Finish
      Very very long and lingering with some peppery afternotes.

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