Hi Nick ,
Regarding the differences between the Committee and Standard Bottlings here's what i found......
(Tasting Notes were done seperately but i did do them H-T-H for the Conclusion)Expression
- Ardbeg Corryvreckan (Committee)ABV
- 57.1%Cask / Bottle No.
- Polished Copper Nose
- Sweet and Earthy at first , then the peat comes through . Dark Fruits ( Blueberries , Blackberries) and Dark Chocolate ,a gentle Smokiness , Makes the hairs up your nose tingle .Palate
- Very oily , loads of Chocolate , a smooth peatiness with a touch of pepper , very large mouthfeel , Chocolate seems to be the dominating force , luckily it doesn't cover the peatiness. This is a very complex malt , on the second tasting i got Mint Humbugs and on the next tasting i got Cinder Toffee and 1970's Ardbeg Iodine ! Eventually i did get the Dark fruits on the Palate.....in the second Bottle ! Finish
- Long , Chewy , peaty , Dark Chocolate , Cocoa . after a while the finish gets Creamy as well .Comments
- It's an oily dram , fantastic mouth coating but what ever casks they have put in here don't hide the distillery characteristics , in fact it seems to emphasise the Chocolate Character , A very balanced Ardbeg if slightly different to the norm but still an Ardbeg ! Probably one of the most complex Ardbegs !Expression
- Ardbeg Corryvreckan (General Release)ABV
- Polished CopperNose
- Very fruity at first , blueberries , Strong Orange marmalade . The Ardbeg Chocolate eventually appears along with the smoke and a sweet fudginess .Palate
- Very chewy , very oily , luxury dark chocolate , pepper , peat , creamy coffee and Blackberry Jelly . Finish
- Satisfyingly Long ! Peaty and peppery with a hint of Dark fruits and dark chocolate .Comments
- A beautiful addition to the Ardbeg range , very satisfying and moreish ! .Conclusion
- The Committee seems darker , Not a lot of difference between the noses , maybe the committee seems a touch more fruity . On the palate the committee seems to have more Chocolate but the standard seems to flow more gently across it . On the finish the Committee seems to have a bit more kick . Both are really good Ardbegs and i wouldn't like to choose between the two.....just drink both of them !
Reading back through the thread , the Oogie , Corry and ANB are all different beasts , the Oogie is more influenced by the sherry casks (the new batch is the best since the original one IMO) , the Corry is influenced by the French wine casks (Matured and not finished as someone on another Board , who should know better
, Said ! ) and the ANB is pure ex-bourbon . The last batch of the ANB (18yo) was heading towards the same profiles of the legendary 1970's stuff in my opinion , leaving the peatiness and heading towards the Ardbeg Iodine .
Nick you're right about the Citrus in the ex-bourbon , the 1992 Single Cask 772 was really lemony whereas the new stuff just has a touch of it nicely balanced in the equation .
Which do i prefer ? well i keep going back to the 10yo , especially the Renaissance , i think it is everything that Ardbeg should be .
But then again every Ardbeg has its redeeming features , The Oogie has the smokiness , the Corry has the fruitiness , the last festival bottlings have a uniqueness of the toasted oak . I'm hoping that at some point Ardbeg will release some of the newer Sherry casks on their own rather than put them in the Oogie because the 1998 one's i've tried have been stunning .
Just keep em Ardbegs Coming !