Ardbeg An Oa (93.2 Proof) (NAS) (Non-Chill Filtered) [This is Ardbeg’s most recent addition to the continuous release “Ultimate Range” with the 10 Year, Uigeadail and Correyvreken. The person who is dropping $100 or more on whisky knows a thing or two and will not be put off by younger whiskies. Beautifully balanced despite the heavy peat influence, it remains one of the most essential Islay whiskies — and an essential whisky that is required drinking for anyone who wants to form a base understanding of single malts. Ardbeg Uigeadail Ardbeg Corryvreckan Ardbeg An Oa Ardbeg Wee Beastie ABV 46% 54% 57% 46% 47.4% Age 10 Years None None None 5 Years Nose Intense smoky fruit escapes into the atmosphere – peat infused with zesty lemon and lime, wrapped in waxy dark chocolate. Review: Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons – 15, 20, and 23 Years Old (2020), Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Special Release 2020 – Barrel Proof Rye, Review: Jefferson’s Reserve Very Old Very Small Batch Bourbon (2020), The Best Sweet Vermouth Roundup – 25 Bottles Tasted, 1 Winner. There are many opinions amongst the whisky fabric of the preferred standard Ardbeg release – Uigeadail or Corryvreckan. Ardbeg Uigeadail – Named for Ardbeg’s own loch, Uigeadail — if you hike the 3 miles to get there from the distillery, you’ll find a lockbox containing whisky and glassware, gratis. After my initial score I will add or subtract points relative on how I perceive value (based on what I paid for the bottle). Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. 25th August 2018 Better than Bunnahabhain 12 Just a hunch. Now, how could Ardbeg possibly put an 11 year age-statement on the Corry or Uige and justify the price compared to the 10? Ardbeg 10 Years Old – The essential Ardbeg, and the only one of this bunch with an age statement, all 10 of those years having been spent in ex-bourbon casks. Ardbeg Corryvreckan: Sweet vs Salt. Now, how could Ardbeg possibly put an 11 year age-statement on the Corry or Uige and justify the price compared to the 10? The classic Ardbeg bottling, and one of the most heavily peated entry-level whiskies from all of Scotland. So a fair comparison would be Renaissance , also post Glenmorangie production , also a similar Strength , 55.9% vs 57.1 . The other two releases which share shelf space with the 10 in most retail locations are Uigeadail and Corryvreckan. Having some insight and opinion about NAS bottles before you buy is so imperative. This single malt whisky can be purchased for around $65. Reviews, recipes, and industry insight for educated imbibing. Today we do a review and tasting of Ardbeg Corryvreckan single malt scotch whisky from the Ardbeg Distillery. Age affects whisky. , Top 10 Whiskeys of 2020 #4 Elijah Craig Ba, Top 10 Whiskeys of 2020 #5 Baker’s Bourb, Top 10 Whiskeys of 2020 #6 Glendalough Sin, Top 10 Whiskeys of 2020 #7 Maker’s Mar, Top 10 Whiskeys of 2020 #8 Joseph Magnus, Top 10 Whiskeys of 2020 #9 Knob Creek 15, Top 10 Whiskeys of 2020 #10. 114.2 proof. Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window). I think it brings a little more of what I like in peated Scotch; boldness and complexity. Add to Basket; Estimated Delivery. The Corryvreckan has won accolades from the World Whiskies Awards for the World’s Best Single Malt. Finally, the soft water flows over heavy peat bogs to the distillery via the Ardbeg Burn. 88-92.5 – I recommend buying a bottle blind! Using Master of Malt pricing at the time of writing this, there is a 21% increase in price from the 10 to the Uige and a 56% increase from the 10 to the Corry. Due to various touring responsibilities it’s been a fair while since I was able to turn my hand to what really matters – whisky deathmatch, but finally I have time to give the third of our second round face-offs the attention it deserves, and ARRRRRR but it’s a mouth-pummeling heavyweight clash between two tough and hairy, … 4. Corryvreckan: single malt Scotch, Islay, 57.1%, $75 I recently compared Ardbeg’s flagship 10 year old to their moderately peated, limited edition Blasda bottling, while at the same time going over the history of the distillery. That malt has more of a wine influence, while Corryvreckan maintains a light citrus vanilla profile. A zero value means I think the price is justified. at bottling. £387.32 Save £20.39. (I’m lookin at you, Macallan.) Whisky Review: Abasolo El Whisky De Mexico . Ardbeg Corryvreckan: Ardbeg Uigeadail: Age: NAS: NAS: Strength: 57.1% ABV: 54.2% ABV: Filtration Method: Non Chill-filtered: Non Chill-filtered: Product Description (sourced from Ardbeg’s website) Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Actually, the Ardbegs I've had are the 10 yo and Uigeadail. ( Log Out / Ardbeg Corryvreckan vs Talisker 18. The Corryvreckan expression was launched in 2009 (after an initial 5,000 preview bottles were released to Ardbeg Committee members in 2008). A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company. 50ml sample bottle. Scotch Malt, With 2020 finally about to kick itself to the curb, A new Single Barrel Special Release has arrived fr, Buffalo Trace’s Barton 1792 Distillery is launch, Review: Old Forester Whiskey Row Series – 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon. Tasted neat. A true ardbeg from the richer side. March 8th, 2013. You barely notice the higher abv. Semi-final time on whisky death-match, people, and we begin with the salty side of the draw, pitting subtle island genius Highland Park 18 against brilliant Islay madman Ardbeg Corryvreckan, and this is going to be a very tough one to call. The Corryvreckan is brighter and drier, nearly citrus-like, with more of a caramel sweetness than a fruity one and more alcohol in the nose than the slightly higher proof would warrant, iodine, brine, peat. A lot of people love the Uigeadail, but I wasn’t too impressed. 85 to 90 percent of scotch sales worldwide are blends. Ardbeg Corryvreckan is the 27th scotch off my Scotch 100 list. Which is why the whisky community is so important. until the finish which releases the bitterness with spiciness. The two high ABV members of Ardbeg’s standard range, Uigeadail (Oogie) and Corryvreckan (Corry), are both beloved Islay peat monsters, and most Ardbeg fans have a preference between the two. I recall a few years ago saying I didn’t like smoky whiskies, but now they are some of my favourites. I like it almost as much as I do the Uigeadail, but just not quite. 93-95.5 – Stuff you reserve for special pours! Thanks for review. ( Log Out / The name comes from the loch that the distillery uses for fresh water. A / $60 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS], Ardbeg Corryvreckan – Corry is unusual in that it is a blend of whiskies aged in bourbon casks and in new French oak — the latter of which is rarely utilized in Scotch. Uigeadail vs. Corryvreckan Posted on February 8, 2015 by whiskywalrus This weekend, the Walrus decided to have a head-to-head face-off of two of the big names from Ardbeg: the Uigeadail and the Corryvreckan. I don’t see how that’s something worthy of a boycott. Similar age , Renaissance was 10yo . the uigeadail is a peat/sherry bomb, and it does it quite well. if you like the oog, you really can't go wrong with the corry, … Three short but immersive experiences, delivered via VR headset, let you wander through the distillery, hike out to the Uigeadail loch, and even visit the Corryvreckan whirlpool north of Islay (the lattermost being the most disorienting of the trio). Overall thoughts: The Corry wins in my opinion. Ardbeg Corryvreckan: Tall tales. The Uigeadail has sweet dark fruit, raisins, iodine, brine and peat. Like most [all?] Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. That Dense rich dark aroma is pleasant from first sniff to last as is the complex and dark flavor that shifts and moves across the palate. Uigeadail (the Loch is where Ardbeg gets all of its water from) is cask strength (54.2% ABV) and non-chill filtered. Ardbeg Corryvreckan has an aroma of dark chocolate, linseed oil, dark cherries and smoky peat. Ardbeg Corryvreckan is awesome. I’m going to assume the youngest whisky in the Corryvreckan and Uigeadail is around 11 years old (I think that’s a relatively safe assumption). While beloved by its fans, this is admittedly my least favorite of the trio, a bold and brooding Islay. Not so with Corryvreckan. Like salted toffee. 70-79.5 – Worth trying, but you’re not missing out if you don’t. If you love Lagavulin & Laphroaig , I highly recommend Corryvreckan . The two high ABV members of Ardbeg’s standard range, Uigeadail (Oogie) and Corryvreckan (Corry), are both beloved Islay peat monsters, and most Ardbeg fans have a preference between the two. There is a lot of hate in the whisky community towards distilleries for not disclosing the age of their product. It’s why distilleries spend so much time and money on marketing. Whisky Exchange Head Buyer Dawn Davies MW and Whisky Ambassador Billy Abbott review a favourite from the south coast of Islay, rich and sweet from sherry-cask maturation and layered with stacks of smoky peat. Of Ardbeg’s expressions, Ardbeg Uigeadail stood out in 2009 as it won Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible “Whisky of the Year”. Web Exclusive Price. Ardbeg Uigeadail – objectively the most peated whisky looking at phenolic ppm; Ardbeg Corryvreckan – strong in oak notes from fresh oak barrels; Ardbeg An OA – uses a mix of sherry and bourbon casks for a unique flavor; Laphroaig. I am definitely open to trying more except that the SAQ in Quebec only carry those two. Ardbeg does state that Corryvreckan is a single malt Scotch whisky from Islay which is bottled at 57.1% alcohol by volume and…that is about it. £67.95. It sits at 108.4 proof, a higher proof than many other scotches. Smoke, rich fruits - think raisins or cranberries - and aromatic spices are all cranked up to 11. It’s why they add colour, and chill-filter, and it’s also why age-statements or non age-statements are so important. (Or perhaps it was the fiery food I consumed earlier.) Other Ultimate Range offerings either feature age statements (10 Years Old) or at least details on cask selection and the use of non-chill filtering, such as with Uigeadail. Uigeadail is quite different from the 10 Year Old because it is blended from both bourbon and sherry casks, including some older stock. I don’t think Compass Box’s This Is Not A Luxury Whisky is THAT popular. They see a crisp, clean presentation, a nice dark colour, or a big age-statement, and associate that with quality. Finally, the time was ripe to review them all, and it just happened to coincide with Ardbeg’s release of a VR experience that lets fans who can’t get to Islay experience a virtual visit there, however brief. At 200 years of age, Ardbeg is one of the most venerable of Scotch whisky distilleries, and it’s an icon of Islay, where peat has long been the currency of whiskymaking. I realize the Scottish Whisky Regulations don’t currently permit it, but this is my wishlist, so I’m putting it out there. Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. My 2 cents on Non Age-statement (NAS) Scotch Whisky. This was the first bottling of the newly opened Ardbeg distillery under the new banner. Ardbeg Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Similar age , Renaissance was 10yo . The Corryvreckan is a non-chill-filtered whisky and is matured in a mixture of French Oak and Burgundy Wine casks. The Scotch Noob says: December 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm @Ryan, Glad you liked the Corryvreckan – it’s a hell of a malt. The Edition No. So a fair comparison would be Renaissance , also post Glenmorangie production , also a similar Strength , 55.9% vs 57.1 . The palate offers a rather different experience, which adds to the curiosity and interest, melding smoke with notes of well-roasted meats, walnut shells, pipe tobacco, and cloves. 3. It is hard … Besides, there are people who will always buy whatever overpriced, underwhelming liquid certain brands put out (sadly, I am again referring to Macallan). Smell is sharper pointing in the pepper/leather. I’m betting most of those blends are of the cheap/nailpolish remover variety. Ardbeg 'Corryvreckan' Single Malt Whisky Islay . Ardbeg Uigeadail. B / $80 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]. But Macallan also releases some really good NAS whisky. Yes, there are some bad NAS whiskies out there. Ardbeg Uigeadail - £56.95 ($75): Known as "the oogie" by geeks, a classic. The Ardbeg 10 has recently become my default go to islay malt, although I have some Laphroaig 10 and Talisker 10 to keep it company. Change ), _____________________________________________________________________________________. Like diving in the burning process of peat itself, so strong. The great debate: Corryvreckan or Uigeadail? Of course we know there is probably some older whisky in these expressions, and they have some added maturation in sherry and french oak, but Ardbeg couldn’t possibly release those whiskies (as they are) with an “11” on the label. The Corryvreckan expression was launched in 2009 (after an initial 5,000 preview bottles were released to Ardbeg Committee members in 2008). How Long Does Baileys (And Other Cream Liqueurs) Last? I get it, profit is king, and marketing is how you get there. I am dying to try Corryvreckan, but haven't seen it anywhere nearby. Ardbeg Uigeadail was voted by the 120,000+ strong Ardbeg Committee as their favourite Ardbeg. I’m going to assume the youngest whisky in the Corryvreckan and Uigeadail is around 11 years old (I think that’s a relatively safe assumption). Actually, the Ardbegs I've had are the 10 yo and Uigeadail. Once it has reached its peak of maturity, each batch is bottled at 114 proof. Marketing people who trot out the “age doesn’t matter” line or the “we want to liberate blenders from the shackles of age statements” are flat-out lying. Ardbeg Corryvreckan, meanwhile, is a cask strength beast a fair way up Ardbeg’s range, which actually makes this a slightly unfair fight, at least price wise. Now I want to try the Ardbeg 10 & Uigeadail. This whisky is a peated whisky from the Islay region of Scotland. Of course, “toffee and caramel” are pretty much the same, but the key point is the brightness of hardened, crunchy, SKOR-like toffee, vs. your typically dark and chewy square caramels. This is a whisky aged in various casks types including Pedro Ximinez sherry casks, virgin charred oak casks, and ex-bourbon casks, among others.] Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1% ABV, £58.49 for 70cl Score 88/100 What they say: A deliciously deep, powerfully peaty and wonderfully wild whisky – Ardbeg Corryvreckan is the epitome of ‘the untamed spirit of Islay’. Since today is Ardbeg Day at Feis Ile (the Islay festival of music and malt), it seems like a good time for me to weigh in on the debate. Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Distillery Description. Bold menthol and black pepper slice through the sweet smoke followed by tarry ropes and graphite. Midleton Single Pot Still Virgin Oak Cask 83785, Follow Toronto Whisky Society on WordPress.com. Pronounced ‘Oog-a-dal’, it’s a special vatting that marries Ardbeg’s traditional deep, smoky notes with luscious, raisiny tones of old ex-Sherry casks. Ardbeg Corryvreckan (2013) Nose: This one is sweet, too, but immediately brighter. ON THE EYES: Deepest amber. Highland Park 18 vs Ardbeg Corryvreckan. I like it almost as much as I do the Uigeadail, but just not quite. It was named The World’s Best Single Malt by the World Whiskies Awards in 2010. Peat freaks will absolutely love it — the finish lingering for what feels like hours — but a nuanced whisky it simply isn’t. The name comes from the loch that the distillery uses for fresh water. Uigeadail is quite different from the 10 Year Old because it is blended from both bourbon and sherry casks, including some older stock. The body follows in lockstep, adding to the burning embers of driftwood notes of iodine, orange peel, coriander, and ginger. As a replacement for the much-loved 1990 Airigh nam Beist, Ardbeg Corryvreckan had some pretty big shoes to fill, but the good news is that this is a belter, winning World's Best Single Malt Whisky at the World Whisky Awards 2010 and Best No Age Statement Scotch from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. so in addition to your intense peat notes, you'll get a lot of rich fruity sherry notes, as well. Ardbeg Corryvreckan is awesome. IT’S A MONSTER OF A DRAM Ardbeg Wee Beastie is the latest permanent expression to join the Distillery’s Ultimate Range. At just five years old, Wee Beastie is a feisty young creature with a formidable taste. Quite a good dram, but not as good as the Uigeadail. This is a whisky aged in various casks types including Pedro Ximinez sherry casks, virgin charred oak casks, and ex-bourbon casks, among others.] Ardbeg does state that Corryvreckan is a single malt Scotch whisky from Islay which is bottled at 57.1% alcohol by volume and…that is about it. Like salted toffee. 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