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Overall rating
90.75/100
votes
8
Whiskybase ID
WB149454
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Whiskystammtisch Kassel (WSK)
Bottled
24.02.2020
Calculated age
10 years old
Casktype
Sauternes Firkin
Number of bottles
10
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
250 ml
Bottled for
Whisky Stammtisch Kassel
Added on
20 Feb 2020 9:02 am by SteveW110
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 95.00

4 × in wishlist

8 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Islay Single Malt Whisky EGC WSK

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.75 points

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I say it directly, I like Sauternes. That helps a lot here!
    The Sauternes has already had a massive impact. I have just made a comparison test with the Corrivreckan Committee and a Corry from 2009 and that is no longer quite comparable. However, the basic corryvreckan shines through with a little patience and this results in an exciting mixture, especially in the mouth.
    He likes it very much! But it is also a simple recipe: take my favorite orard and finish it in my favorite wine. Can't go wrong ;-)
    • Nose
      Unwarmed and at the current outside temperature, the Sauternes comes through almost pure, sweet grapes, vinous, nuts, a little acid, grated lemon peel, therefore quite fresh, accompanied by the vinous sweetness, almost like a well-composed dessert, with time the will show up spicy smoke, which integrates wonderfully, warms it up more, a little mint is added, slightly hinted dark chocolate can be found, but the Sauternes already sets the tone, light biscuit dough, plus the relatively reserved spicy smoke, it needs a little, but it is getting creamier and better, nuts, now even more fruity, the spicy basic tone of the Corryvreckan is also coming through more and more, a little cinnamon, is very good
    • Taste
      creamy, oily, sweet, wow, creamiest, the Sauternes squeezes directly, winey, slightly nutty, ganache, like a dessert, sweet grapes, then the smoke comes out, ashy, light cinnamon, the Sauternes is omnipresent in the mouth
      with the second sip, the Ardbeg comes through faster, clear smoke, more intense, direct bittersweet, wow, it really accelerates again, clearly still dominant Sauternes, but now much more balanced in connection with the base material, so I like it
    • Finish
      behind it, grape-like, still quite sweet, the mouth feels drier, a little vanilla, light spice, bittersweet, the Corryvreckan also noticeably gets through in the mouth, but without the Sauternes disappearing, delicious in any case, pleasant, creamy

  2. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The smell is appealing and shows an appealing complexity behind the smoke. I really like the taste. This is one of the few whiskys where the taste can outdo the smell. The finish is wonderful and satisfyingly long.
    I didn't drink Corryvreckan for comparison, but the maturation definitely made the whisky better. I really like it.
    • Nose
      It starts with a lot of smoke, as if something is slowly simmering somewhere, accompanied by an earthy impression and the smell of mushrooms, but also sweet yellow fruits come through, some peach, apple, mirabelle, accompanied by vanilla, later another fresh herbal note
    • Taste
      The start is expected to be strong, slightly astringent, acidic impressions of lemon compete with sweet impressions, light grapes, light orange, fruit yoghurt, only then does the smoke come, but because it is very present, the acidity decreases, the sweetness increases, butter and sweet dough, no bitterness
    • Finish
      Now you can see some oak with very delicate bitter notes, the smoke is more present again, the sweet, grainy elements take over the fruits, the palate glows gently and pleasantly. Long

  3. greg2001 scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    An Ardbeg at its best! Smoke in your face, extremely charged, lots of oak, Sauternes definitely present but not overlapping, but complementing it harmoniously. Rarely had such an intense whisky in the glass.

    In direct comparison, the EGC looks more mature, more sedate and more complex than Corryvreckan, much denser than Uigeadail and is therefore one of the best Ardbegs I have had so far. No grooves, no drums and no Blaaack (although I like it) can keep up.

    Corryvreckan would get 86 points from me, Uigeadail - 87, the EGC gets 88 points.

    Experiment successful!
    Thank you for the sample.

  4. SteveW110 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is a barrel project of the Kassel Whisky Round Table.

    We filled a fresh three liter barrel with super delicious Sauternes wine in early 2019 and let it soak for a good seven months. We used a total of 4.3 liters of Sauternes wine for the three liter barrel. The angels are very thirsty with such small fresh barrels ;-)

    In early September, Ardbeg Corryvreckan was placed in the Sauternes barrel and left there until February 2020.
    After trying today, I almost jumped out of my pants.

    The EK for this project was 370 euros per liter
    € 259 / 0.7 liter bottle
    approx. € 93 the 250ml bottle
    - no sale -

    Result:
    The Corryvreckan has lost some of its strength and smoke and has given way to really nice sweet wine notes without being bitter.

    This is exactly how I would imagine a "special bottling" from Ardbeg.

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