Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Ex-Bourbon & French Oak
57.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Old Label
Bottle code
Added on
28 aug 2016 7:48 am by peatbogger

Average value

€ 62.50

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Whisky reviews for Ardbeg Corryvreckan

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.52 points.

  1. ConvalRen scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Soft? Harsh? Mellow? If all fits in this one.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Dried orange peel with tuna brine. Soft peat that doesn't overpower the tastebuds unlike Uigeadail.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Balanced note of peat to citrus, goes well and hand in hand.

      On the other hand, an oily beast emerges from the depths attacking your mouth filling the gaps between the teeth with immensely power and hard hitting flavours.

      Salt, pepper, cloves, star anise, freshly cut grass, smoked gammon ham, tuna, sea spray and much more which I couldn't identify.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Peat...again, black pepper of course, pomegranate and orange melon. The flavours just don't stop there, it keeps on going.

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  3. Monstruo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. PBoe70 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  Another Ardbeg re-taste:  When the first Corryvreckan was released I found it not just a very interesting dram with a new, never before tasted profile (due to its share of virgin oak matured malt) but it became my favourite modern Ardbeg too.  And I scored it with 90 points.

    Today I tried a recent bottling of the Corryvreckan and - what a disappointment:  It is rather unbalanced and with a slightly drying/bitter finish (not as extreme as with the recent TEN or Uigeadail, but still unpleasant).  I guess Ardbeg increased the share of virgin oak matured spirit in this recipe significantly and these higher proportion of heavy tannins (and lower share of sweet bourbon flavours) harm not just the balance but the mouthfeel too.

    This is most probably due to the problem that LVHM has difficulties in sourcing enough bourbon casks from the US.  The scotch whisky boom came at a time when the US whisky industry was in deep recession - so the Scotch demand for used bourbon casks was and still is much higher than the US distilleries can supply. As a consequence the Scottish distilleries cut down the maturation times to use the same cask more often (and masked this by introducing NAS whiskies) AND (as this was not enough) they had to use virgin oak casks in addition.  For sure they market this as an intentional strategy, but it is pure despair in the end.  What can do you if you do not have enough good quality casks at your hands?

    The outcome is devastating (at least to my taste buds), but hopefully they create a new followership among all the new whisky afficionados that do not know how good Ardbeg and all the other great drams once tasted...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83


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