Ardbeg Corryvreckan 2012 (70cl, 57.1%)


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 Ardbeg dram. Like the whirlpool itself, Corryvreckan is not for the faint-hearted!

This bottle was released in 2012 (Bottle Code L12 048).

Ardbeg is a Scotch whisky distillery on the south coast of the isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, in the Inner Hebrides group of islands. The distillery is owned by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, and produces a heavily peated Islay whisky. The distillery uses malted barley sourced from the maltings in Port Ellen. The name is derived from the Scottish Gaelic: Àrd Beag, meaning Small Headland.

Owner: Founded: Status: Website: Google Maps:
The Glenmorangie Co (Moët Hennessy) 1815 active Link Link
Bottler: Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie:
Bottled: 2012
Strength: 57.1 % Vol.
Number of bottles:
Size: 700 ml
Cask Number:
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Cask Strength: Yes
Single Cask: No
Cask Type: (Serge Valentin) wrote:

I really enjoyed the first Corryvreckan back in around 2008 (WF 90) and it's quite refreshing that Ardbeg have kept this bottling in their range, although I guess newer batches are now younger. Let's see...

Colour: pale gold.

Nose: starts crisp and pure, although rather less ‘Ardbeg’ then earlier botlings. In a way, this could be mistaken for Caol Ila, not a bad thing, obviously. That means we find apple peelings, seaweed, whiffs of garden bonfire, then a little antiseptic, camphor, grapefruit and plain seawater. Almost forgot our bellowed whelks ;-).

With water: things keep improving. More smoke, ‘a working kiln’, smoked fish, hessian… and all that jazz.

Mouth (neat): rich, punchy, more Ardbeg, with an oily mouth feel. Peat smokiness, lemons, grapefruits, touches of salt, bitter grass and just a little aniseed and liquorice wood. I find this pretty excellent. More vanilla and light honey after one minute or two.

With water: it’s funny how it gets both smokier and sweeter. Smoked vanilla cream? Smoked maple syrup? Also a little ‘green’ coffee.

Finish: long, salty, very smoky, with notes of cider apples this time.

Comments: maybe the Ardbeggest current Ardbeg. Quality remains high. (90/100 points)


Catégorie: Ardbeg, Cask Strength, Islay, OB, Peaty, Rare, Scotland, Single Malt, Smokey

Types de produits: Scotch Whisky