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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Overall rating
90.31/100
votes
231
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 6:04 pm
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 678,71

80 × in wishlist

231 × member ratings

835 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ardbeg Corryvreckan

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.31 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. TechnOBY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  3. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Sweeter than Corryvreckan, with much better balance. Real Ardbeg style.
    • Nose
      Peat, tar and smoke. Citrus peel, camphor and menthol.
    • Taste
      Powerful, bittersweet and oily. Peat and smoke. Salted caramel and citruses.
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, spicy.

  4. 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.

  5. SFWC scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The best Ardbeg I have tasted but I need to point out, I usually think Ardbeg is rubbish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. mika417 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    ARDBEG CORRYVRECKAN / 57.1%

    In the beginning, feel the leather with soil, tightly smoky and the solvent type phenol

    After calming down, it is a grapefruit or a fragrance-like jasmine, a sweet smell which is slightly sweet even if it is fragrant.

    Spicy, powerful, mortiy sweetness and peaceful taste

    Hot and moderately long finish with umami and volume. Even compared with Ardbeg Super Nova, complicated umami sufficiently superior to inferior drinking response.

    As expected it will entertain the committee. http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/distilled1973/34342895.html

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