#466 • Ardbeg Corryvreckan

57.1% alc./vol.
Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

WHAT?! QUUUOOOWHAT ?! I had not yet put on paper my assessment of Ardbeg Corryvreckan? We must remedy the situation immediately.

In Scottish Gaelic, corryvreckan, or coirebhreacain, means the "pot of spotted seas". It is also the name of a massive marine swirl, in fact the third largest in the world, located roughly between the islands of Jura and Scarba. Legends tell that Breacan, a young Viking, had to survive 3 days and 3 nights in Corryvreckan to prove his love to the daughter of the Lord of the Islands.

As the Belgian comic author Georges Remi put it so well, also known by his pen name (or pencil) Hergé (1907-1983) said so well:

It is better to see things from afar. At the heart of the whirlwind, one can not measure the extent of the storm.

Deep gold almost brownish with legs that never end.

Nose:
A big filthy peat invades the room just as we pour into the glass. Smoke of peat and lemon. Grapes, salt stone and burnt bacon. It seems to want to start smoothly with the sweeter flavors, but the monstrous peat of Ardbeg does not delay, to our great happiness, to violently invade everything.

Taste:
Always lemon peat, entwined with oak, cinnamon, anise, black and red licorice, ultra-tasty at all levels.

Finish:
Smoked beef Jerky, peat and delicious peat, rubber, grilled malt, Montreal spices, cinnamon and oak board.

Balance:
A real swirl of flavors all more delicious than the others. Unfortunately another difficult jewel, even impossible, to find by us.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#260 • Ardbeg Supernova 2014

55% alc./vol.
Ardbeg Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

I have to thank Johanne McInnis, also known by the nickname of Whiskylassie, for weaving his famous #whiskyfabric and once again organized a tasting on twitter, this time in collaboration with the distillery Ardbeg. In fact, last December 14 we were about twenty Canadian whiskey enthusiasts to have had the chance to meet on the web, together with Johanne and the Canadian ambassador for Ardbeg, Ruaraidh MacIntyre, to exchange on about the sample we all received, the Ardbeg Supernova 2014.

The Supernova 2014 is an expression that marks a rather unusual event. With the participation of the research firm NanoRacks LLC, Ardbeg has launched 2011 for the first time whiskey in space. In fact, some samples of whiskey have had the opportunity to age on the international space station. The experiment aimed to measure the effects of weightlessness on the maturation, flavors and aromas of whiskey. At the time Ardbeg had launched the Galileo to celebrate the event.

Although no space whiskey is contained in this expression, the Supernova 2014 still marks the return to earth of this remarkable experience.

The Ardbeg has landed ...

As the actor, director, screenwriter, photographer, producer, and American singer so well said Leonard Nimoy, which some know better as Mr. Spock (1931-2015):

Always aim for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.

Flaunts a pallor representative of its youth and its phenol content.

Nose:
Its rather imposing side of medicinal peat could easily lead us to Laphroaig, but it quickly brings us back to lemon, hay, vanilla, leather, chocolate, honey, fennel and salty nougat. If it was not so "hipster" I would say that it reminds the scented oil to the leather.

Taste:
Very powerful and assertive. A little creamy and mineral. Salted nuts, honey, crushed white pepper and dark chocolate. The peat remains more than present, however it has the delicacy to let the other elements shine.

Finish:
Rather mineral and almost metallic, which I normally dislike, but its pepper and spices come to save the time. The peat infused with cinnamon hearts passes like a tidal wave of taste pleasure.

Balance:
Another great traffic jam from Ardbeg. We appreciate its high alcohol content but so sweet. A real campfire dram. Ardbeg, why is this bottle so expensive?

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★