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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.