At the top of Ardbeg’s core range sits the high proof Corryvreckan, named after the large whirlpool north of Islay. There’s not a lot of info available on this expression, but it is rumored that Corryvreckan is a blend of first fill and refill ex-bourbon and French oak casks. The whisky is a big one, bottled at a hearty 57.1% ABV.
On the nose, hints of sweet smoke hit first, followed closely by freshly ground black pepper, baking spice, and some tropical fruit (grilled pineapple). Taste-wise, Corryvreckan is very rich. Honey kicks things off, followed by cocoa and smoked meat. A smoked, black peppercorn-rubbed brisket, to be exact! Grilled pineapple adds a little sweetness and crispness. Cloves and a little leather show up on the back-palate. The finish is long, sweet and smoky.
Corryvreckan is damn satisfying! It’s an intense drinking experience. The only comparison I can make is its similarity to Booker’s bourbon in terms of intensity of delivery. Rich, complex, and about as balanced as an Ardbeg can be. Recommended! 9/10
Thanks to Ardbeg for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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