Color: Amber with pale gold highlights.
Nose: Big-bodied, dark and pungent, good, solid peat
character and an underlay of rich lemon zest citrus,
dry, but with a hint of sweetness, round with a delicate
note of iodine.
Flavor: Full-bodied, earthily, smokily peaty and rich
with touches of coffee/chocolate and tarry rope/creosote.
Finish:- Long, tangy and quite pungent, the citrus notes
reprise, together with dark chocolate and a little seaweed.
A fine drop of Ardbeg bottled at cask strength. A marriage
of Ardbeg from bourbon barrel and sherry butt which
gives a sweet and smoky finish to this malt. Uigeadail
is the loch from which all Ardbeg water flows.
Nose: Sweet yet pungently smoky: lime marmalade and
peat fires on the beach, malt, cocoa powder, salted
Palate: Rich, concentrated and powerful. Sooty with
light tarry/liquorice touches. The lime returns. Great
presence but subtle in its own way.
Finish: Long. Biscuity malt.
Colour: Straw Yellow
Undiluted / Nose:
Creamy with medicinal notes and some malt aromas.
Palate: Peaty - birch
wood and earthy flavours, some salty (driftwood) elements,
With water / Nose:
Medicinal notes followed by sweet toffee and a bonfire
Palate: Salty (sea
tangle and driftwood), medicinal notes with some peaty
flavours and hints of spices.
Finish: Slightly medicinal
with peaty notes.
Cask Type: First Fill
and Refill Sherry Casks.
Whisky Style: A powerful
whisky - full of smoke, spices and a distinct salty
~Tasting Notes by Gordon &
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
Aroma: Heady, intense
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
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: Long, deep
and remaining powerful into the finish with black
tarry coffee, chocolate coated cherries and hot pepper
sauce, the lingering memories of your mysterious and
daring journey into Corryvreckan.
Courtesy of Ardbeg