Ardbeg Corryvreckan: A Brief Trip Down the Whirlpool

Corryvreckan. Yes, an over-the-top Ardbeg.  No, I’m not going to tell you something you couldn’t have guessed. Salt from the sea, peat fresh from the earth, and a briny oil to drown it all in.  Served with a side of burnt-but-still-quite-tasty-and-doughy biscuits.  It was at this point that I got my nose so far into the glass that I inadvertently touched the whisky with the tip of my nose.  Such is the draw of the Corryvreckan, luring you at first, and before you know it you are nose-deep in whisky.  Dust and a spicy edge as you roil about in the waves of peat, gradually becoming inured to the intensity by the numbing magic of 57.1% Islay alcohol.  And then you can start to appreciate the more delicate aspects.  Just kidding.  Even with semi-submerged taste-buds, there is plenty of Ardbeg intensity to be savored.  And even as the peatier notes and the layers of salt and driftwood (and something suspiciously citrus) cease their debauchery and sink with finality into your gullet, a satisfying, oily, dust-of-peat residue coats your mouth with Ardbeg’s uncompromising flavors. –Nate

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One response to “Ardbeg Corryvreckan: A Brief Trip Down the Whirlpool

  1. gal

    Corry, dear Corry.

    A whirlpool of all things good.

    i loves it 😉

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