Intro – Another 50ml sample bottle from my Ardbeg Exploration Pack. This pack contains a 750ml bottle of the 10 year old, a 50ml bottle of Uigeadail and a 50ml bottle of Corryvreckan. Corryvreckan is bottled at a whopping 57.1% ABV. Cask strength, Non-Chill Filtered and Natural color. I am expecting a more intense, powerful version of the 10 year old.
****Review with water on o6/21/16 while listening to Sammy Davis Jr.****
Nose – smoke, citrus, freshly ground black pepper, super glue, sweet charred wood, dusty, light sherry, caramel, bubble gum, plastic, peppered sherry cake, light fruit (citrus and sherry) notes under a blanket of smoke and pepper. Easy to nose.
Taste – thick mouthful, sweet start with caramel and sugar with chocolate – turning dry, licorice, smoke at the end with light pepper.
Finish – sour wood, pepper, smoke, citrus. slightly medicinal – long finish.
Favorite Part – The Nose.
Conclusion – Water is a must. This is a strong whisky. I almost feel like I should have added more water. I only have a small amount left in my 50ml bottle so on my last glass I may add even more water. Very silky smooth mouth feel with a strong, powerful flavor. I am glad I was able to try it in a sample because I wouldn’t buy a bottle. Don’t get me wrong…it’s very good but at almost $90 around here I can’t justify that price. If you have the cash and want a really good cask strength characterful smokey whisky I’d say go for it. If you want to save $30 I’d say grab a Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength.
Rating – 79/100
- Presentation – 5/5
- Nose – 19/25
- Taste – 29/35
- Finish – 20/25
- Value – 6/10