Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Overall rating
90.30/100
votes
272
Whiskybase ID
WB3171
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
Bottle code
L08 079
Barcode
5010494296266
Added on
24 aug 2008 6:04 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1134.51

108 × in wishlist

272 × member ratings

959 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Corryvreckan

32 users have left 34 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.30 points.

  1. 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

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  3. atypicaluseerrr scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    Top young islay
    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat, seashore, quagmire
    • Taste
      93 93
      More peat, lemon, and olives
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, even more peat, and pepper

  4. DrBest scored this whisky 99 points Expert Junior

    For me, this is the best CR release over the last 20 years. Reminds me a lot about Port Ellen. Incredible stuff! Absolutely delicious. In contrast, today's bottlings all taste flat and boring.
    Of course, the 57.1% also makes it very special, you don't get that anymore these days. Something has been lost at Ardbeg in recent years. A whisky to remember for a lifetime.

  5. stf_92 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Boosted Classic Corryvreckan!
    It's different from the old Ardbeg but it does the job remarkably well. Peat, smoke, fruit, spice and slightly oily. Outstanding !

  6. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Chocolate, toffee with burnt wood and asphalt. Herbs like turtle jelly and dangshen, also cloves and mandarin orange peels. After a while in the glass, wax gourds, celtuce, leaf mustard, baked courgettes that were covered with paraffin.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Burnt wood right away, cinnamon, syrup, chamomile tea. These were followed by dirty hay, tar, pencil shavings, grape seeds and some dangshen.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Dangshen, soy sauce, smoke from burnt wood, tar, dried fish and fermented bean curds.

  7. Gusto scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    What is the difference to the normal Corryvreckan? In its width: Thick mouthfeel of peat, caramel and herb. Completely.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. Gregers scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    One of the best surprises I've had in a long time. The standard Corryvreckan isn't something special to me, but this one definitely is.

    Review: https://youtu.be/hVXYd4iEJn0
    • Nose
      92 92
      This is a really different Ardbeg nose. Definitely sherry notes here. Tons of dried fruits, juicy sultanas, figs, then toffee, and everything sitting on top of thick peat smoke, lots of camphor and band-aids, tarry notes, lemon oil, a bit of furniture polish, brine, cured ham, meatier flavours, a little bit of rosemary. Really not bad. Some butter, freshly baked rolls, raisin bread. Yum!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Alcohol level is very good, light tingle and cracked black pepper, and it's juicy, there's good peat smoke of course, but there's also molasses, brown sugar, toffee, sweet lemonade, coffee with cream and sugar, loads of barley, malt sugar, burned sugar, brine, light hint of bacon. Really good! Second chew brings a whiff of sulphur which is immediately gone again, the peat smoke is fuller with more camphor and iodine, also sweet peppermint, candy canes, a little bit of smoked kipper. A perfect dram to warm you up at the fireplace on a cold night. Third chew is really juicy, there's even cherry jam, fig jam, burnt sugar, caramellized bananas, just a full, oily, juicy, briny package. It's powerful, juicy and fruity, wonderful peat smoke. Really well done.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Peat smoke, refined white sugar sweetness lingers, coffee with cream, brine, light notes of bacon, smokey, salty, sweet. Long and fantastic.

  9. Soderberg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. Veganwinch scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Amazing and complex this now 'old 2008' bottling.

  12. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Maritime creamy citrusy peat, excellent

  13. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  14. Teresa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. TechnOBY scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  16. 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.

  17. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.

  18. 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

  19. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

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

  20. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • 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.

  25. barryfox915 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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

     

  26. molar3rd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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/

     

     

  27. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/ardbeg-corryvreckan-committee-release-vs-standard-34031/ Color: gold
    Nose: Salty-maritime, seaweed, citric acid, coal, ash, iodine and malty peat. Here, too, caramel, butter and kräutrige fish soup with Chinagras.
    Taste: Explosive and full of flavor! Slightly crisp, spicy lemon, chili peppers, lots of spice, which is very salty. Caramel sweets, tar, peat, smoke, wet charcoal and stale wood.
    Finish: Long - with lots of smoke and peat, coal, pepper, humus and wet soil - all but not dry! Lime juice, ginger and avocados. After decaying tartness remains rather a fruity side.
    89 points (nose: 88 / taste: 89 / finish: 89)

  28. zby0001 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  29. Toemi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  30. getz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    The limited Committee Reserve bottling of Ardbeg`s popular whirlpool inspired dram. A special edition produced for The Ardbeg Committee in 2008 before it was repackaged for sale to the general public.

  31. 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. 

  32. 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

  33. mmaclean scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This edition is really very nice. I have not been a fan of Islays and

    honestly I don`t like the brine or tar in most. I do enjoy the smoke and

    oak and spice. Ardbeg I can see why it is popular because there is allot

    going on and I am starting to come around to at least be selective to

    what I have of the Ardbeg collection. This one is very nice and one for

    the collection.

  34. Dede scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very beautiful Ardbeg. The nose of the SMOS 7yo at first seemed superior, but the aeration really played in favor of the Corrywreckan. The blend was perfectly made, combining the passion of youth with the complexity of old Islays malts. The mouth is really the highlight of this whisky that goes perfectly water despite its 57.1%.
    • Nose
      The profile is close to the SMOS 7yo tasted the day before yesterday, but it seems less powerful, less rich but undeniably cooler. The peat is obvious, medicinal (tincture of iodine), with smells of tar and smoke (firewood). It blends with the classic acidic (lemon, green apple) and maritime notes of Ardbeg. Fugacious mineral, vanilla and animal notes are sometimes noticeable, but this nose is a player, these aromas coming and going as they please. With a little water: vanilla notes are more present, but the profile remains unchanged.
    • Taste
      The mouth is superb. Greasy, powerful and peaty, it leaves plenty of citrus fruits and fruit on the nose before a peppery explosion. The perfect combination of a young Islay combining marine freshness, citrus acidity, spicy spice and peat heat. With a little water: the attack is fresher before the spices and peat take over.
    • Finish
      Long and very intense, on the peat and the smoke of course, but also presenting a revival of minerality. Pepper and citrus fruits are present.

  35. I_SPEY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The best whisky in 2008, imho.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, fruit and honey. And some subtle smoke.
    • Taste
      Big and smooth, very nice, like the nose and at the same time reveals its true Ardbeg colours as vanilla, smoke and tar.
    • Finish
      Rather long, as Ardbegs do.

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