Nose: oops, is that a little old bottle flavor in the 8? He has a musty, old-style note of a wooden hut or a german party cellar from the 70s, where the entire room is completely covered with raw wood ;) anyway atypical for modern Ardbegs, I know rather from the older bottlings with double-digit age. This balances the whisky very well, the smoke is no longer dominant, in the background the typical citrus freshness, but there you have to smell very sharp.
In contrast, the diluted Corryvreckan is almost refreshing, slightly mineral and in contrast to the 8 actually less complex. The Ardbeg smoke is side to side by something slightly meaty and cheesy, the note has hardly struck me so far undiluted. Ashtray and here a more complex moisture, coming from the barrel composition.
Mouth and finish: a really well-integrated, warm and creamy alcohol that underscores the nasal impressions. I find the woody-smoky here as well, with the woody note even more dominant. In the background after the first wave of charred wood comes a little lemon, very little slightly salty caramel and somehow in the direction of smoked pulled pork and bacon. Not very expressive on the finish, but subsides evenly and straightforwardly, yet stays there warming and impressive for some time before saying goodbye.
The Corryvreckan in the just-over-50% variant, on the other hand, is rather inexpressive when diluted down so "heavily"; the basic Ardbeg flavors are definitely there, but it lacks the campfire wood from the next morning and tickles the palate more than one might suspect with this amount of water. But this is my standard bottling of Ardbeg, I like it better than the Uigeadail, though everyone sees it differently.
An experiment at the end, if both are already on the table: you add maybe 20% of the 8 to the rest of the Corryvreckan and suddenly have the best of both worlds in the nose - light, not too dominant woodiness, the freshness and smoke of non age stated Ardbeg and in the mouth in addition to the pointedness now also a touch of wood (cask), which suits the Corryvreckan excellent. And in addition, it remains a single malt!