Released to replace the 1990 Airigh Nam Beist, Ardbeg Corryvrecken had some impressing to do. It ended up winning a number of immediate awards, scoring 96.5 points in Jim Murray's whisky bible. Ardbeg Corryvrecken is a sexy and elusive, non-chill filtered single malt bottled at 57.1% ABV. Well worth taking a swirl if you're an Islay fan. An outstanding peated malt.
In 1815, John McDougall founded the distillery that now sits along the south coast of Islay beside Laphroaig and Lagavulin. Ardbeg, has a much smaller scale of production than that of it's neighbors, remaining very sought after indeed.
Like many other Scotch distilleries Ardbeg, has closed and reopened it's doors once or twice itself. The distillery first closed down and stopped production in 1981 after funds became problematic. Several years later in 1989, it reopened on a small scale which then lead to another closure in 1996, leading the owners to put the place up for sale. Not long after, the distillery was bought by Glenmorangie Co which, indeed, lead to a brighter future for whisky production at Ardbeg. One of their staples, Uigedail, is now an ever popular whisky inspired by and named after the distilleries water source. Uigedail was later titled 'World Whisky of Year' in 2009 by enthusiast and author, Jim Murray. Ever since, Ardbeg has continued to overwhelm the world of whisky drinkers with it's unique, unbeatably rich peated charcter.
Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste lurk beneath the surface of this beautifully balanced dram. Like the whirlpool itself, Corryvreckan is not for the faint-hearted!
Aroma: Heady, intense and powerful. With the first sniff, encounter the deep and turbulent force of Corryvreckan as it pulls you inwards. Swirl the glass and dip your nose into the torrents of tarry ropes, creosote and linseed oil rising from deep within the vortex. As you succumb to its power, a collision of waxy dark chocolate, warm blackcurrants and muscovado sugar pulls you under its spell with a burst of plump cherries and earthy pine needles leaping from its depths. Swirl water into the glass, and observe the magical collision of whisky and water. As the liquid warms up, the seething cauldron bubbles and bursts, as you edge closer to sniff a pot full of gutsy cayenne-peppered steak and oysters smothered in hot pepper sauce. Salty seasoning brings a briny character with tangy crisp seaweed and smoky bacon swirling on the surface with hints of sweet vanilla, spicy cloves and blueberries. As the whirlpool narrows and quickens moving ever deeper, surrender to its dangerous depths with the heady force of menthol, treacle and chilli sauce.
Taste: Plunge into the whirlpool and taste the mysterious depths of Corryvreckan. Torrents of taste well up on the palate; deep, peppery and chewy, bombarding the tongue with its intense tastes and textures. The first plunge brings forth chewy peppered steak soaked in pepper sauce with the tang of crispy seaweed. As you descend deeper, encounter a mouthful of black tarry espresso coffee that coats the palate with rich melted dark fruits (blackcurrants, blueberries and cherries) and bitter almonds. As the taste soaks in deeper, star anise and hickory dry out the palate before a surprise of chalky effervescent violets fizz to the surface.
Finish: Amazingly long and chewy with lingering raisiny, deep mocha tones and rich aromatic smoke into the perfectly integrated finish.
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