Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee Reserve
Number of bottles
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L08 079
Added on
24 Aug 2008 6:04 pm

Average value

€ 930.97

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258 × member ratings

924 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Corryvreckan

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.32 points

  1. darren918jp scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    I generally prefer Port Ellen among the Islay distilleries, but this bottling of Ardbeg strikes a balance between sea and sherry that is admirable, and its praises deserve recanting here.

    At full strength, both the iodine and brine are prominent on the nose at first, then gently enveloped in sherry shrouded smoke, with the heat of the alcohol eventually catching up and threatening to obliterate your nostrils, which entices one to take a sip of this liquid permutation of the senses. 

    The palate is complex and well balanced, with various dried fruits and nut, predominately white figs, walnuts, macadamia and coconut,  and some bitter chocolate, too.  The finish is peppery and somewhat tongue numbing at full strength, which is a testimony to the intensity of flavors.

    With water, the sea becomes a bit calmer and some of the complexity is lost, but the distance becomes more discernible between the waves. In fact, the sherry wells up into a surge mid palate, crashing into a briny foam on the shore. 

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wow, this is a top class Corryvreckan, you really gave it your all for the release. Here I can understand that everything was better in the past, he puts a shovel on it compared to the current Corry!
    • Nose
      Intense, spicy smoke, very fruity, ripe apple, sweet, vanilla, chocolate, some iodine, bittersweet, citrus notes, becomes increasingly chocolate, now lighter chocolate, a hint of lumumba, tobacco, minimally floral, a hint of cinnamon, and behind it now noticeably something floral,
    • Taste
      Oily, fruity, intense, decent smoke, plum, cinnamon, dark chocolate, starts very chocolatey, gets drier, then it really kicks again, brings in some sweetness again, nuts, espresso, very complex, salt and pepper, great
    • Finish
      light cinnamon, salt, only light smoke, creamy, some vanilla on the back, roasted nuts, pleasantly fading

  3. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Yes. This is Ardbeg.

    I'm not too fond of recent Ardbeg day bottlings (didn't try Kelpie yet) but this is what I liked in Ardbeg when I discovered it not so long ago.

    This Corry Committee is pure Ardbeg. Not old style Ardbeg, not the most complex one but tasty and simply excellent.

    Tasting notes from july 2017.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, exhaust fumes, tar, leather, coastal notes and a bit of iodine.
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily, peaty and lemony. Slightly salty.
    • Finish
      Long, peat and pepper, empty glass on cloves.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    This Ardbeg does not have any extreme notes - it's a little bit of everything which makes it very well balanced and very good.
    • Nose
      Pretty fruity, citrusy, menthol, of course peat and smoke but not so extreme as usual for Ardbeg
    • Taste
      Very oily and thick, nice combination of lemony and peat, smoke and sweetness
    • Finish
      Medium long and smooth

  6. toklian did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge V says:

    Ardbeg 'Corryvreckan' (57.1%, OB Committee
    2008, 5000 bottles)

    It was about time we published our
    own notes for this baby! In case you
    don’t know, the Corrywreckan
    is a huge whirlpool that one can sometimes
    hear when on Islay. We heard it once,
    in any case. Colour: full gold. Nose:
    yes! We don’t want to sound
    like f*****g purists but Ardbeg is
    better at making Ardbeg. There’s
    as much smoke, iodine, tar, wet wool,
    wet clay, oysters and fresh walnuts
    as possible in whisky. With water:
    even wilder, with unexpected notes
    of green olives. And we love green
    olives… Mouth (neat): even better
    than on the nose. Very thick, very
    creamy, peaty, lemony, kumquatty (wot?),
    bergamotty (hey?) and rather salty.
    Prototypically Ardbeg, kind of a bigger
    Airigh Nam Beist. With water: just
    sumptuous. Probably one of the best
    young Ardbegs we ever tried (we take
    it for granted that it’s not
    an old Ardbeg.) Finish: as long as
    a Fidel speech. Amazing peat/pepper
    combo. Comments: a winner despite
    its slight roughness. SGP:369
    – 92 points.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Both nose and palate are much less expressive it is better neat.

    I am not a lover of Ardbeg but this is good stuff and I think the sweetness works well.
    • Nose
      Lemon, brine, tar, diesel and peat.
    • Taste
      Powerful on smoky peat fires, lemon sherbet, some smoked cheese with faint honeyed notes.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet with delicate smoky notes.

  8. granella2003 scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Intense aromas of ripe oranges, bitter marmalade, smoke, tar and fresh walnuts which are interrupted by subtle scents of seaweed, olives
    • Taste
      Lemon, smoke, peat which overflow into flavors of apples, sugar, barley
    • Finish
      A long, sweet aftertaste imbued with intense flavors of tar, coffee, chocolate and cherries with a hint of pepper

  9. Veganwinch scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Amazing and complex this now 'old 2008' bottling.

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Maritime creamy citrusy peat, excellent


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