Review #24 – Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Review #24 | /r/Scotch Review #3 – Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Distiller: Ardbeg

Bottler: Ardbeg

ABV: 57.1% ABV

Age: NAS

Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)

Source: Sample

Review #24 – Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Color: For the darkness of the bottle and the intensity of the smell coming from this little tiny bottle, it’s surprisingly light. Looks to be a lot like artificial caramel, or that of a light copper.

Nose: Big peat and smoke. It smells salty, like the ocean with some medicinal bandage mixed in, although I noticed the iodine notes really diminish after about 15 minutes or so in the Glencairn. There’s no ethanol, which surprises me for a higher proof. I’m getting some plasticy notes. A few more whiffs yield to some light citrus, maybe orange or lemon? There’s also a little vanilla as well. It’s growing on me, as time goes by.

Taste: It’s gentle, there’s no hint of alcohol whatsoever. I’m shocked by how complex and pleasant the mouthfeel is compared to the nose. There’s no bandages or iodine, just smoke. And warmth, I’m not sure how to explain it but contrasted to bourbon, this dram warms my mouth. Maybe this is the result of how thick and pleasantly oily it is, but I know that I like it. There’s more plastic, some more brine – this strikes me a more forgiving than a dram of Talisker Storm I had some time ago. There’s a tiny amount of vanilla, but not as much as the nose. tl;dr: Thick, oily, salty and peaty but sweet and very well blended.

Finish: The finish is long and once again, very gentle. No burn at all, and no real unpleasantness. There’s just a lot of salt and seabreeze with a little citrus and sweet. I’m a fan.

Overall: Deeply complex, pleasant to the palate. Worth trying.

Rank: 6


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Insurpassable | No better exists


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