Ardbeg Corryvreckan Islay Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $82)

SKU #1051653 96 points Whisky Advocate

 Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise, and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning! (Vol. 18, #3)

K&L Notes

2009 Scotch Whisky of the Year from the Malt Advocate! Named for Europe's largest whirlpool, this whisky is now available on a full time basis, having replaced the beloved Beist. Like the whirlpool, Ardbeg Corryvreckan is heady, intense and powerful. Its finish is long and deep, leaving the sipper with a lingering, mysterious and enticing taste. It is without a doubt one of the best Ardbeg's ever created and lends a bit of richness to balance out the spicy flavors. Lots of peat, lots of power, but always perfectly balanced. A malt to savor.

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By: James Knight |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/15/2014  | Send Email
Not that the "Corry," as the malt nerds call it, needs any more props to sell out every bottle--especially at these prices. But what about the rest of us, maybe exploring Scotch whisky but a little hesitant to spend an extra $10-$20 on a bottle, no matter the fine pricing? Well, after trading up from the Ardbeg 10 to the Uigeadail in perfect succession, I tried the Ardbeg Corryvreckan. Indeed, this whisky presents aromas and a perfectly sippable, lux palate of vanilla, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate liqueur--but I don't sense some of the over-the-top characteristics that earlier reviewers have. Maybe it's me; maybe it's the current bottling. In any case, I found it a bit spicy and intense but perfectly enjoyable, and note to the Islay-iffy among you: the peatiness is not strong in an iodine and shoe leather way, it's quite integrated within the sweet sherried aroma profile. For sure, the next time I have enough spare change to be able to decide between purchasing a Talisker 18 or the Corry, I am likely to experience some cognitive dissonance--and I mean before I have had any whisky!

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/6/2010  | Send Email
Another great addition to the line of single malts from Ardbeg. The Corryvreckan has the famous Ardbeg smoke and peat but is a unique product in its own right. The mouth feel is rich and round with more weight than I had expected. This blends very nicely with the smoke and peat to make one great beverage.

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