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Ardbeg
Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1%

Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 57.1
Bottle size: 70
Primary Cask: American oak
Secondary Cask: French Oak
Floral: Light
Fruity: Light
Woody: Moderate
In stock
£81.91

A robust, butch and possibly more rounded nose than the first release. It's also less fruity and I think its youthfulness has been tamed by a greater degree of oak influence. However there is still plenty of iodine, salt, parma violets, creosote, burnt toffee and not forgetting the full-on peat. Big and smoky with a bracing coastal astringency and given time the elusive citrus and orange fruit emerges.

The palate is full and quiet oily with burnt wood ash, smoke and earthy-peat!.. and more peat!. And more peat. In fact it has a monumental density of peat, veritable slabs of the stuff! However it's definitely not a one trick pony, there is plenty of coastal citrus fruit, also the greater oak influence, like on the nose, rounds the palate and although it's a bit of an alcoholic brute, the oak seems to round that off too, even to the point of being able to enjoy it neat. Extremely long with the peat taking on a definite sooty denouement as it winds its way to the finish.

With water the youthful aromatic power through the oak and some gristy barley comes through. The peat is less intense now and some distinct 'aged' Ardbeg notes of treacle, menthol and fishermans friends become apparent. The palate is not quiet so visceral now. Like on the nose, the gristy barley shines and both barley and malt has taken on a candied sheen. The spirit is dare I say it showing its gentle side. The oak hasn't entire lost its influence and slightly bitters out the finale.

A fabulous malt and definitely deserving of World Whisky of the Year 2010.

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