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Ardbeg Corryvreckan review

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Ardbeg distillery is famous for making top notch smoke whisky, their whiskies are usually peated to approximately 50 phenol parts per million (which makes the whisky very smoky). Ardbeg Corryvreckan is a legendary NAS (no age statement) whisky by the Islay based distillery, matured in a combination of first-fill American oak and French oak casks.

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Ardbeg Corryvreckan was my first Ardbeg experience ever. What a way to start! I felt like I had been committed to some sort of confidential club. And the way this dram was handling me, it most likely was the Fight Club. The exception being – I do want to talk about it.

This whisky is an ass kicker in a good way. It has some raw touch and a heavy body, but it also manages to be bit sophisticated as well. Gives you many small details, that are buried in the heavy camp fire smoke. You just have to be tough and chew on it!

According to Ardbeg, the name Corryvreckan comes from a famous whirlpool in the north of Islay. I have to say, they couldn’t have picked a more appropriate name for it!

Matured in:
Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Wine (Burgundy) casks
Colour: Deep amber
Nose: Starts with intense smoke. Smoke fried bacon with tar and lots of peat. Hints of pine trees. This is a peat monster!
Taste: Salt and smoke on the background, very peaty. Rich with peat, oil, spices and medicinal notes. Oh, and did I mention peat already?
Finish: Peat is the main factor with some collision of smoke. Drops of oil in the mix as well.
Balance: This is as close you can get to a camp fire barbecue in whisky heaven. A tough customer, if I may borrow some hockey fight talk. A good but rough dram, just the way I want it!

Scoring

92
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
24
22
24
22
Distillery: Ardbeg Region: Islay ABV: 57.1%
Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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