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Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby bamber » Fri May 16, 2008 9:37 am

Tried the Corry last night - very nice whisky.

N: Obvious wine influence mixed with big peat. Concentrated black grape juice / black grape skins. Burnt rum raisin toffee. Reminescent of (but nicer than) the early peated Laddies (I'm thinking 3D 1st edition). I think it's possibly a mixture of very very young and older malt.

T: Oily, lovely texture (as noted by SOI). Peat and smokey raisin flavours seem a little mismatched at first but integration improves with time / warming. Benifits from being watered to about 50 % ABV.

F: Long peaty spicey finish.

Comment: Another excellent OB from Ardbeg. Different to the VY -> AT series in that it is much more complex but possibly less refined: Takes a while to get your head around at first, but I'm sure everyone who opens there's will not be disappointed.

For what it is worth, I score 92.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby martin grant » Fri May 16, 2008 3:18 pm

Sounds good Bamber. I'm looking forward to opening my bottle soon.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri May 16, 2008 6:00 pm

Great notes , Glad you enjoyed it Bamber ! :thumbsup:

Wonder how many others have opened it......
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Aidan » Fri May 16, 2008 9:15 pm

I've opened mine. Trying some now... I get cinamon, chocolate, sherry (I know it's wine), smoke and lots of malt. Malt comes right through the peat, especially on the nose. Unfortunately, I'm not great on tasting notes.

Anyway, it's very good. It does not taste too young to me. But again, I'm no expert.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Aidan » Fri May 16, 2008 9:23 pm

Now I'm getting a little bit of soapyness a long time after taking a sip. Not in a bad way, though. Coats the mouth.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby bamber » Mon May 19, 2008 9:26 am

I had some more last night (away for weekend). Seemed even better and more integrated after a little air had got to it. Had an Ardbeg AT after (for comparisson :)) - lovely. I hope Ardbeg keep these CS reasonably priced bottlings going.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby bamber » Mon May 19, 2008 9:31 am

Spirit of Islay wrote:Great notes , Glad you enjoyed it Bamber ! :thumbsup:

Wonder how many others have opened it......


Thanks SOI - I did not look at yours when writing mine, but I think the cinder toffee bit might have stuck in my mind !

I suppose it might be hard for collectors to open this bottling as getting more than one would require and element of skullduggery.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Newbie » Mon May 19, 2008 11:27 am

Skullduggery never works!

I was hoping to avoid opening mine by waiting for my mate's Corry to come and trying his...

...however he is on holiday for more than a month and it may get returned to the sender!

Thats karma punishing me for skullduggery!
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby bamber » Mon May 19, 2008 12:07 pm

Well, I'm sure it would be pretty easy to get a friend to order one, but I'm not bothered as I'm drinking them and one is adequate to that end.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby bamber » Mon May 19, 2008 7:39 pm

Aidan wrote:I've opened mine. Trying some now... I get cinamon, chocolate, sherry (I know it's wine), smoke and lots of malt. Malt comes right through the peat, especially on the nose.


I'lll look for cinamon tonight :)
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Spirit of Islay » Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:41 pm

Still not many tasting notes here , must be a fortnight since Bamber posted his or were the prophecies right ??????
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Ganga » Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:44 pm

I'd post notes, but I don't have one to try. Maybe I can talk someone up in the Bay Area out of a small sample. :)
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Aidan » Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:21 pm

If you PM me with your address, Ganga, I'll send you a sample.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:51 am

For what it's worth: Serge is giving the Corry 90 point.
http://www.whiskyfun.com/
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:39 pm

Ras Mazunga wrote:For what it's worth: Serge is giving the Corry 90 point.
http://www.whiskyfun.com/


Thomas gave it 90 points , don't think Serge has tried it .
Still no more tasting notes from WM people i see........
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:03 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:
Ras Mazunga wrote:For what it's worth: Serge is giving the Corry 90 point.
http://www.whiskyfun.com/


Thomas gave it 90 points , don't think Serge has tried it .
Still no more tasting notes from WM people i see........


SOI, I've been waiting to read more notes on here as well, but they aren't coming fast and furious that's for sure. It is also possible some people have not yet opened their bottles I guess. I really enjoyed reading the notes you posted on your site, as it certainly sounds like a great bottle. :smoke:
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:45 pm

Yes you are very right, Thomas Lipka did this tasting not SV.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:05 am

ryguy wrote:
SOI, I've been waiting to read more notes on here as well, but they aren't coming fast and furious that's for sure.


.........Tumble weed blows across thread............

Aye Ryan , after all the hot air , e-mails sent to the distillery , i thought a few would have been glad to get a try of it but.......
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby woodhill » Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:05 pm

I tried mine, opened it within 24hrs of it arriving, I think.

Finding it very hard not to finish the bottle.

I'm not such a tasting note person but I really enjoyed this and would like to h2h this with the new CS and Mor.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby DanAir » Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:16 pm

I've got my Reneissance but still waiting for the Corry for the long-awaited h2h. Don't fancy my chances with a Mor though :(
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Aidan » Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:40 pm

I am tasting the Corryvreckan beside the Laphroaig Cardeas.

The Corry is much sweeter than the Cairdeas. I think I much prefer the former. The Laproaig is very interesting, though - dry and a mouth full of smoke. Some nice bitterness in the finish.

I think I can get younger spirit on the nose of the Ardbeg, which I didn't get at first. It all works very well together. Salty and soapy. Very long finish.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Aidan » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:34 am

After finishing both, I'm not sure I like the Cairdeas at all. Not something I'd want to go back to after finishing the first one.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby shoganai » Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:22 am

Can't wait to crack mine open, but it's been too damn hot. 90+ degrees (fahrenheit) isn't exacly the best condition for a 60% ABV Ardbeg. (Plus I still have too many other bottles open. A condition I'm working to remedy.) I'll get to it eventually.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby hilliamash » Sat Jun 14, 2008 5:27 am

This is one of the curses of living in a hot climate! :mrgreen:
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby bamber » Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:28 am

Had some more of this last night and it has got even better now it's been open for a while. Better integrated and softer.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby I_SPEY » Wed Jun 18, 2008 7:38 pm

A heavy, oily, peaty and powerful dram, at the same time rather sweet! IMO.
It's a great whisky, just what I hoped to taste.I like it very much and it's hard not to take another dram!! But I said to myself, easy on, you gready little monster :P
I'll come back after a nosing and tasting between the 57 N, this Corry and the Ten!!

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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby bamber » Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:32 am

Glad you liked it. It gets even better once the bottle has been open for a couple of weeks :)
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby shoganai » Sat Sep 20, 2008 6:46 pm

I have finally got around to opening this treasure, and my first impression is very positive. On the nose I find the typical Ardbeg vanilla and smoke is very nicely balanced with honey and fruit. In fact honey and fruit dominate and the smoke is very very subtle. I might not even guess this is an Islay in a blind tasting. The palate is big and smooth. Very nice. At first it matches the nose pretty closely, but it soon reveals its true Ardbeg colors as vanilla, smoke, and tar emerge and take over. The finish is nice and long and Ardbeggy.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Ryguy » Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:02 pm

Very nice shoganai! Thanks for sharing your notes. I can't wait to receive my bottle of this stuff!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:07 pm

Just had some with some cashew nuts, fantastic!
What a beautiful whisky.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby woodhill » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:17 am

This has been my favourite Ardbeg so far. I'm sure it puts the renny into second place. In fact I may have to make sure ..............yet again!
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Gilles Deleuze » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:28 am

I'd love to post notes, but my bottle is still sitting at my girlfriend's place...in Finland. I'm bugging her about sending it out this week, though. :evil:

I was wondering, however: Bamber (above) said he enjoyed it with a little water--anyone else have an opinion on how well the Corry takes water? (Not that I don't trust your opinion, Bamber! :wink: )
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby martin grant » Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:01 am

Gilles Deleuze wrote:I was wondering, however: Bamber (above) said he enjoyed it with a little water--anyone else have an opinion on how well the Corry takes water? (Not that I don't trust your opinion, Bamber! :wink: )


I've tried it with and without water, and certainly prefer it with a wee splash. Bottled at 57.1% it's almost to powerful for me without. With a few drops of water, I really found it opening up. This is a really complex whisky which can easy take some water.

After all the fuss surrounding the mailing of this bottle I thought we might have seen more tasting notes here.
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Re: Ardbeg Corryvreckan - Tasting thread

Postby Ryguy » Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:52 pm

martin grant wrote:
Gilles Deleuze wrote:I was wondering, however: Bamber (above) said he enjoyed it with a little water--anyone else have an opinion on how well the Corry takes water? (Not that I don't trust your opinion, Bamber! :wink: )


I've tried it with and without water, and certainly prefer it with a wee splash. Bottled at 57.1% it's almost to powerful for me without. With a few drops of water, I really found it opening up. This is a really complex whisky which can easy take some water.

After all the fuss surrounding the mailing of this bottle I thought we might have seen more tasting notes here.


Very true Martin, I also thought we'd be seeing more tasting notes here too. Perhaps some people haven't opened their bottles yet.... :o :o

Or could it be that the bottles and some of the people you speak of sold them on Ebay..... :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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