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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

13th Feb 2013


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This was my first Ardbeg experience and what a way to start! It felt like I'd been acknowledged to a some sort of underground club. The way this whisky was treating me, it surely was the Fight Club. Only exception is, I want to talk about it.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan kicks your ass in a good way. It's raw but also a bit sophisticated at the same time. Giving me lots of small details buried in the heavy camp fire smoke.

According to Ardbeg, Corryvreckan takes its name from a famous whirlpool in the north of Islay. In that case they couldn't have picked a more suitable name for it.

Nose: Very intense smoke, smoke fried bacon with tar and pine trees. This dram is playing with heavy peat!

Taste: Nicely salty and smoky, richly peat. Some oil, spices and medicinal appeal.

Finish: Peat and smoke collide with small oil drops mixed in there as well.

Balance: Like having a camp fire barbeque in whisky heaven. This whisky is just the way I want it, a tough customer if I may borrow some hockey talk.

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Rigmorole commented

Ass kicker is right. This is the "Vlad Tepes" of Islays, scorched earth, staves, impaled tongues, and all!

I dare you to drink yer dram without any water.

In the world I see - you are drinking that waterless dram while you stalk elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. You'll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life. You'll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower. And when you look down, you'll see tiny figures pounding corn, laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of some abandoned superhighway.

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Rantavahti commented

^^ If there was a like button under your message, I would press it immediately. And sure, I'd take a shot without water any day!

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Rigmorole commented

The second half of my response was from Fight Club, by the way, starting with "You stalk elk. . . ."

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