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It's tough to find reliable information on what types of Casks are used to mature Corryvreckan, but the Ardbeg website informs the reader that ex-bourbon casks and new French oak casks are used. There are also rumours of ex-burgundy wine casks from France being used too (according to The Whisky Exchange blog).
- Nose (undiluted): big, earthy Ardbeg peat and smoke, a fruity aroma of dark cherries, a touch of vanilla, and some oak
- Palate (undiluted): very rich and oily, lots of cherries, thick smoke, a touch of brown sugar, oranges
- Finish: long and lingering, cinnamon, cloves, cigar smoke, toasted oak, dark chocolate, dark cherries, and some black pepper
Tall tales about raging whirlpools are unnecessary here. This is an excellent whisky. It’s big, it’s bold, and incredibly balanced. No element dominates, and they’re all very clear. I’d heard great things about Corryvreckan, yet this still exceeded my expectations. I have not added water to this whisky once. Maybe that’s negligence on my part, but I’ve rarely found a whisky that I liked better with water added.
It's a shame the pricing in Ontario is so crazy, because I'd have this on my shelf more often than not. Corryvreckan is more reasonably priced in Alberta and in pretty much any other jurisdiction in the world, so I have no qualms recommending it.