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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Overall rating 187 votes 90.43
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Committee Reserve
Bottled
19.03.2008
Number of bottles
5000
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010494296266
Added on
24 Aug 2008 6:57 pm
Non-chillfiltered

Member rates

711 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 24
Finish 23
Balance 23

Tastingtags

19 Notes

aphex
Expert Senior aphex Note
28 Jul 2017 12:05 am
aphex gave this whisky 91 points

Nose : Peat smoke, exhaust fumes, tar, leather, coastal notes and a bit of iodine.

Mouth : Punchy, oily, peaty and lemony. Slightly salty.

Finish : Long, peat and pepper, empty glass on cloves.


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.

UndergroundAgent
Expert Junior UndergroundAgent Review note
26 Dec 2016 11:26 am
UndergroundAgent gave this whisky 91 points

Corryvreckan is still part of the Core Ardbeg range which also includes Uigedail & Ardbeg 10year. While most lean towards 'ugie' as their fave, this is mine. The Committee Reserve bottling at cask strength is also a superior quality whisky with more depth and dimensions than the filtered core range bottling. It was introduced in 2008 and was a replacement for the excellent 'Airigh Nam Beist'. The Beist bottlings were from 1990 & were from casks matured between 16-18years. Corryvreckan however its believed to be from 12 year Burgundy casks and virgin American oak casks perhaps 3-6years old. Normally this kind of cask maturation with scotch turns out poor to average but for whatever reason with Ardbeg it just works very well. The red wine casks are harmonious with the Ardbeg peated malt. In the late 90s and early Naughties a lot of scotch distilleries were experimenting with wine cask maturation, however it is far less fashionable now with quality Ex Bourbon & Sherry first fill casks still being the premium choice for maturation. Having said that, #Springbank released a 12 year burgundy cask earlier this year which was excellent!.

Nose: old motorcycle smoke. Soft new leather. Coal tar. Oysters and walnuts.

Palate: Early grey tea. Buckshot. Black Cherry, raspberry, 80% Noir cacao, bacon, Aged Demerara rum, olives, cinnamon & star anise.

Weighted Rate
90.8
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
90
Price
100
Presentation
100
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dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Review note
16 May 2016 9:11 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92.1
Nose
91
Initial taste
95
Body
95
Finish
91
Price
87
Presentation
90
dram-drinker
Moderator dram-drinker Tasting note
16 May 2016 9:07 pm
dram-drinker gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Burnished
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

Comments

This Ardbeg does not have any extreme notes - it's a little bit of everything which makes it very well balanced and very good.

toklian
Connoisseur toklian Note
23 Feb 2016 10:00 pm

Serge V says:

Ardbeg 'Corryvreckan' (57.1%, OB Committee 2008, 5000 bottles) Star5.jpg 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.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
18 Nov 2015 10:43 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 88 points

The best Ardbeg I have tasted but I need to point out, I usually think Ardbeg is rubbish.

Weighted Rate
88.2
Nose
88
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
88
Price
85
Presentation
87
mika417
Expert Senior mika417 Note
17 Nov 2015 4:40 pm
mika417 gave this whisky 89 points
ARDBEG CORRYVRECKAN / 57.1%


初めに土、しっかりとスモーキーでレザーを感じ溶剤系のフェノール


落ち着いてからグレープフルーツや芳香剤っぽいジャスミン、香ばしくも微かにりんごっぽい甘い香り。


スパイシーでパワフル、モルティな甘さとピーティな味わい


旨味とボリュームのある熱く適度に長いフィニッシュ。



アードベッグスーパーノヴァと比べても、劣ることのない飲み応えと十分に勝る複雑な旨味。


さすがコミッティリザーブ、楽しませてくれます。

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
06 Nov 2015 12:36 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Old gold
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.

Comments

WITH WATER

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.

barryfox915
Expert Senior barryfox915 Note
04 Jun 2015 6:33 pm
barryfox915 gave this whisky 89 points

Colour: Old gold-amber.
Nose: Spicy, nutty, peaty, maritime, slightly oaky, on grapes and berries. Quite round and smooth. The influence of the French Oak is quite present.
Taste: Spicy (pepper and chilli), nutty, oaky, peaty, quite oily, slightly mineral, a hint of nutmeg, smoked fish, chocolate with some old and bold peat smoke. Rich and quite creamy. Diluted, it becomes slightly rubbery, on grapes, chilli and ginger. Quite spicy. The finish is long to very long, nutty, maritime, with some toffee notes, grapes, and toffee notes.
General Impression: A vatting of casks aged between 6-10 years. Some older casks from the early 1990s and a French Oak maturation were used to create this excellent, complex and spicy Ardbeg.
http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting8.html#29Apr08

 

molar3rd
Expert Senior molar3rd Note
12 May 2015 4:54 pm
molar3rd gave this whisky 88 points

Nose: The noses are really very different, the corry has none of the fruitiness and vanilla candy, whic are replaced but the much stronger peat, and kumquats. also the isntensity of the nose Alcohol wise is much sharper, due to the 57,1% alcohol content vs the 46% of the beastie.

Palate: Again, it’s like David and Goliath peat wise, and impact wise. The Corry starts with a boom of flavours and intensity due to the cask strength, and totally overwhelms the laid back feminine beastie. Also, the Corry does hit your first with sweeter stuff, then off to peppery notes, while the beastie maintains a steady smoky/peppery profile.

Finish: The Corry’s finish, is much longer, in fact one of the longer finshes i’ve had in the last few months, so again, no real competition here also.

http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2009/11/08/ardbeg-corryvreckan-vs-airigh-nam-beist/

 

 

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