Bought – Nickolls & Perks, 9th September 2014
If you’d asked me a year ago if I’d get a Corryvreckan before a bottle of Uigeadail I would have said “Corry what?!” I only became aware of the Corryvreckan when I saw it in a ‘World Duty Free’ shop in Heathrow Airport. I did a bit of research and discovered that a heck of a lot of people LOVE this whisky, not least Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible 2014. He waxes lyrical about its wonders, scoring the overall balance and complexity a perfect 25/25. Apparently the taste isn’t too bad either, which Mr Murray scores 24.5/25 and begins his comments with “amazing”! You also don’t get nearly 90/100 from 719 member votes on Whiskybase if you’re not close to perfection. It seems that, Islay fan or not, you’d still get some pleasure out of the Corryvreckan.
Corryvreckan is from the Gaelic meaning “fan of Coronation Street” or “cauldron of the speckled sea”, or one of those. Whatever it means, Ardbeg clearly didn’t give it a name that would be easy to say when a pub rang for last orders. After your 10th slurred attempt at saying it I’d recommend settling with “a beer please”. But you’re unlikely to find the Corryvreckan in a bar. Even the Ardbeg 10yo is generally only located in specialist whisky bars. It’s a shame but then perhaps that’s deliberate by Ardbeg who want to be more exclusive.
Here’s Ralfy with his thoughts about the Corryvreckan on YouTube (April 2010):