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Ardbeg Corryvreckan

 29 May 2008  

My bottle of Ardbeg Corryvreckan, the newest Committee bottling, arrived in the mail the other day. It was named after the whirlpool in the Strait of Corryvreckan. From what I've heard, it's a vatting of bourbon, sherry and wine casks. Judging by the taste and the colour (which leans towards orange), I'd say it was red wine!

I decided to taste it in a head-to-head with the Uigeadail, since Corryvreckan seems to have a similar concept to the "Oogie". If nothing else, they both have weird Gaelic names =) My notes:

Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1%:
Nice but a little weak nose with wood smoke and unusual fruity notes. Reminds me of bar­be­cued meat, somehow... Mild, fresh, fruity palate with peat, sherry and wine notes in a very nice bal­ance. De­velops spices and a hint of mint. Fiery, peaty finish - sur­pris­ingly hot after the mild palate! All in all complex, unusual and very nice. (88 p)

Ardbeg Uigeadail 54.2%:
Nice, peaty nose with notes of sherry fruit. Peaty, fairly rich palate with a nice sweet fruitiness but un­for­tu­nately also a note of burnt rubber. (86 p)

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