Ardbeg Corryvreckan

70cl / 57.1%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
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As a replacement for the much-loved 1990 Airigh nam Beist, Ardbeg Corryvreckan had some pretty big shoes to fill, but the good news is that this is a belter, winning World's Best Single Malt Whisky at the World Whisky Awards 2010 and Best No Age Statement Scotch from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.

Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling Date
2009
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • White Pepper White Pepper
  • Peach Peach
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Grapefruit Grapefruit
  • Nutmeg Nutmeg

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    Colour:  A very appealing gold, no doubt in part due to the French wine casks (good-quality Burgundy) in which some of the spirit was matured.  On the Colour Me Goodd scale, this is luteous or aurulent.

    Nose:  Over-ripe oranges, strong bitter marmalade and hot-buttered toast initially, then hints of some more exotic fruit (perhaps fresh pineapple or passionfruit?  Wine cask-induced?).  Tinned peach syrup. Turfy phenolics are smouldering in the background.  Becomes more citrussy with a few minutes in the glass, running the gamut from the previously-mentioned oranges, through Cointreau, then lemon sherberts, grapefruit, and lemon cheescake. Continues to evolve over time, which is always a good sign.  Eventually more savoury notes creep in - Frazzles, some pepper, woodspice and an appealing breadiness.  In a word?  Appetising.

    Palate:  Rich, luxuriant mouthfeel - definitely more weighty than most standard Ardbegs.  Good concentration of most of the flavours mentioned above but, after an initial burst of sweetness, becomes more savoury than a cursory nosing would suggest.  The exotic fruit comes through as peaches and passionfruit.  Peppery at full strength, with faint notes of damson jam.  Generous turfy peat, but also becomes quite coal-like mid-palate, with a suggestion of the wet cardboard character sometimes associated with youth.  In a word? Oof-aaahh.

    Finish:  Good length.  The peat and pepper hang in there, balanced with a return to the orangey citrus notes from the initial nose.  Decent balance and a lovely briny note right at the death - the hand is already floating towards the bottle for a refill almost automatically.  In a word?  Moreish.

    This is a very enjoyable dram at full strength and I’m not inclined to add any water at all.  However, in the interests of science, I will - just a drop, mind.

    Nose:  A hint of the Caramac bar note that I get with young whiskies emerges.  The exuberant fruitiness that I enjoyed on the neat nose seems somewhat subdued.

    Palate:  Yeah, definitely a bit sweeter - notes of fudge biscuits or home-made caramel slices.

    Finish:  Perfectly pleasant, but lacking the charming grunt of the full-strength.

    Verdict

    Well, you can probably grasp my thoughts - this is a fine dram, and at its intended 57.1% strength, very satisfying.  If I’d tried it watered down without having already had it at full strength, I’m sure I would have enjoyed it that way too.  But there’s really no need to be meddling with what’s in the bottle with this one.  No water required.

28 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    23 July

    This is by far the best scotch I have ever tasted. It is so intense an full of flavor that I can longer drink my old favorite, Laphoaig because it tastes too bland now. Powerful, mouthwatering and so full of flavor. Fantastic

  • 5
    24 March

    This was my dad''s bottle. Tough to take as a shot but really great with dr pepper

  • 5
    22 March

    I don''t car what the whisky bible says about Japanese and Taiwanese Malts. THIS is the best whisky in the world (for under ?100 anyway). No messing with softening sweet sherry casks; pure Islay, smoke, peak and a tad of seaweed. Dryer and darker than uigeadail.

  • 5
    23 June 2014

    Corryvreckan was all that it claimed to be and more.

  • 25 October 2013

    Very, very nice. As a lover of Logavulin and Laphroig, I appreciate the peaty smoke nose, taste, and finish. All Ardbegs are excellent and each bring a subtle satisfying uniqueness. Always smiling with pleasure after Ardbeg, and this one may have brought a broader smile.

  • 24 October 2013

    Got a bottle of this from the girlfried for my birthday absolutley loved it made me buy more islay whisky and will be getting another bottle of this to see in the new years with

  • 6 October 2013

    I was surprised to find that a sample I'd saved of a 2011 bottling was considerably tastier than a 2012 bottle opened several weeks ago. There was a tasty, Alligatorishly charred meat - gunpowder note present that I couldn't get out of the fresh one, making the sample richer in taste than the new bottle. Otherwise they smelled very much the same. There seemed to be a small difference in colour as well, the 2011 being a shade darker.

  • 9 August 2013

    I've tried it after Uigeadail and I must say I was really disappointed..is a quite a young whisky you can tell that by the smell and is a bit harsh on taste..very unbalanced.

  • 6 May 2013

    Another belter from Ardbeg. Distinctly different from the others in the range and equally brilliant. If you have tried anything else from Ardbeg, Laphroaig or Lagavulin and loved the heavily peated style then this has to be on your wishlist. Very fair price for such an immensely great whisky.

  • 25 March 2012

    Looking forward to April 28th release for 2012

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