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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Coastal Hailstorm

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

2nd Jan 2014


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Yes, I'm one of those. The die-hard Ardbeggians that will fight tooth and nail for this whisky and climb mountains to defend it's honor! Now that we have that established let me tell you this particular expression fails to ignite extravagant fireworks.

It is good in it's own right but it is not magnificent. This one under review has the code L12 302 13:31 6ML etched on the bottled making it a late 2012 bottling.

The nose is what you would expect from this untamed spirit. Like standing on the coast in the midst of peaty hailstorm with your weathered fish nets hung across your shoulder. The smell of tar and road works emanates from beneath your leather galoshes. The reluctant tangerines and honey are there but understandably subdued in the face of this charr-y onslaught.

The peat is strong on the palate while the charr pounds everything into soot. The peppers, some vanilla and that familiar lemony citrus get the same overdone treatment. At 57.1% ABV this one is not for the faint hearted.

The sooty diesel finish stays for a while gruffly ordering you take another sip.

This is a good Corry. Just not the best one I've tasted.

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Pierre_W commented

Hi tabarakRazvi, many thanks for another great review! Corryvreckan is my favourite Ardbeg expression (better than Supernova, IMO) and I very much enjoyed reading your tasting notes. "The smell of tar and road works emanates from beneath your leather galoshes." - this is priceless! Thanks again for great tasting notes!

6 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

@Pierre_W thanks for taking the time out to read it! I feel bad posting my only Corry review and not making it a good one. I think I'll have to find an earlier (and better) release to make up for it!

6 years ago 0

canadianbacon commented

Funny, I think we might have the same batch, as I also have an L12 302... I'm rather enamored with mine although the score will probably come out around the same once I'm brave enough to put up a full review.

5 years ago 0

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