Ardbeg Corryvreckan Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
First Look: "Light gold in color"
Nose: “Peat and smoke blast from the glass and overwhelm a medley of cherry, black plum, and light salty brine.”
The peat and smoke play separate roles on the nose with peat overpowering the smoke. The cherry, plum and salty brine is present but overshadowed.
Palate: “Rich and round, with flavors of smoked pork, heavy peat, smoky oak and rich textures of black currants, sweet vanilla, and dusty saltiness.”
Sweet smoky pork and peat engulf the palate; layers of brine, vanilla and currants form as the rich Corryvreckan evolves and becomes a masterful flavor explosion.
Finish: Corryvreckan is big and bold with a finish of a heavy weight. Peat and smoke linger and soft notes of dried fruit introduce themselves as this big boy unwinds. You’ll taste this one for an easy ten minutes.
Fair Trade: $90
Verdict: While the Corryvreckan is a bit too brooding for my liking, I do recognize the quality of this true expression of Islay. At $80-$90, I think I’ll pass on a second bottle. Ardbeg is known for their monstrous whiskies and this is one hits that mark. Corryvreckan is a wonderful showcase of brains and brawn but a little too peaty for me. If you have not tried Corryvreckan, I do encourage you to hit your local whisk(e)y bar and give it a shot…no pun intended.
Isle of Islay, Argyll and Bute PA42 7EA
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