Whisky Review: Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Name: Ardbeg Corryvreckan
Spirit Type: Single Malt
Age: Not Specified
Region: Islay
Year Distilled: Not Specified
Year Bottled: 2011
Cask Maturation: Bourbon and French Oak Casks
Alcohol %: 57.1%
Color: Amber + 0.5
Date Purchased: 2012.11
Price: ~$75


Currently one of the core expressions from Ardbeg.  Corryvreckan is bottled at 57.1%, similar to Uigeadail’s 54.2%.  You can enjoy this one neat, but with a little water you’ll get a some additional earthy notes.


Blackened ham, texas barbecue, mesquite.  Well humidified cigars and white pepper.  Dried raspberries and dry vanilla.  Dry overall.  Hints of salt and medicine.


A youthful greeting, sweet and woody.  Surprisingly balanced smoke and citrus.  White grapes.  Hints of mustiness and bourbon.  Somewhat thick mouthfeel.


Grassy bitterness, gentle warm smoke, and dry cedar.  Long lasting.


A delicious whisky.  My favorite of the Ardbeg core range.  I would be slightly happier if it was the same price as Uigeadail (~$65).  Nevertheless, Corryvreckan is an incredibly rewarding whisky!

Overall Rating: 91/100

Compare To:

  • Ardbeg Uigeadail
  • Lagavulin 16
  • Laphroaig Cask Strength



    1 comment

    1. Graeme McAllan February 4, 2018 10:30 pm 

      Luke, thank you for your Corryvreckan review – I do not think that good quality Scotch can get any better than this ;)

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