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Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch WhiskyMuch like the whirlpool from which it derives its name, Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky is "heady, intense and powerful," says Dr. Bill Lumsden, Ardbeg's Head of Distilling and Master of Whisky Creation. Lumsden, who holds a PhD in Biochemistry (he wrote his dissertation on yeast physiology) and is the only person in the world to have been honored with Whisky Advocate's "Industry Leader of the Year" award threetimes, is one of the most respected figures in the Scotch whisky industry.
Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from malted barley, which is peated to approximately 50 phenol parts per million. Once the peated barley arrives at the distillery, it is milled and mashed with water sourced from Loch Uigeadail, which is situated approximately 3 miles away from the distillery. Then, the mashed barley is fermented in washbacks made of Oregon pine. While wooden washbacks are more expensive and difficult to maintain as compared to stainless steel washbacks, they absorb a portion of the heat generated during the fermentation process and thus, create a lighter and more rich whisky. In addition, the wooden washbacks contribute estery, carbolic compounds to the whisky.
Following fermentation, which lasts for 55 hours, the wash is distilled twice, first through a copper-pot wash still and then again through a copper-pot spirit still. The spirit still is equipped with a purifier, which acts as small condenser and causes a portion of the evaporating vapors to be pumped back into the pot and then re-distilled. This purification process, which is rare in the industry, results in whisky that has a signature fresh and malty flavor. Following distillation, Ardbeg Corryvreckan is matured in a combination of used American oak and French oak casks. Once it has reached its peak of maturity, each batch is bottled at 114 proof.