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Ardbeg Corryvreckan – Savory New French Oak

January 8, 2012 Drink No Comments

I’ve spent the past week or so appreciating Ardbeg Corryvreckan, named after the 3rd largest whirlpool in the world. And though Uigeadail is my favorite from the distillery, Corryvreckan is a great dram nonetheless. It has won numerous awards and is considered a “Le Snob Essential.” Being an Islay malt, it’s tarry, smoky and peaty in profile, of course. In addition, because it’s partially aged in new French oak barrels, it’s got a spicy kick to it, making it more of a savory whisky. It’s super complex and mystical. Bottled at 57.1% ABV, I wouldn’t dare drink this everyday.

Still, sipping it evokes memories of boat rides not far off the coast, like that time I went whale watching in elementary school.

I found this great youtube clip showing Hamish Torrie, Ardbeg brand director, discussing the legend of the Corryvreckan whirlpool.

Cheers!

Link: Ardbeg

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