Ardbeg Corryvreckan wins Best in Show at LA Cocktail Classic

The LA Cocktail Classic was held recently at the Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles, and it was Christmas for whiskey lovers.

The brands are too numerous to list (actually, you can see the brands here on Drink Eat Play’s website) and definitely too numerous to drink them all, so I had to choose wisely.  Imagine the above space, plus an equally beautiful outside area, full of whiskeys, cognacs, and cocktails made by some of LA’s best mixologists.  Many of the spirits being sampled cost several hundred dollars per bottle.  Bowmore had a really neat booth where they paired their scotch with oysters in an oyster shooter.

However, one brand stood out as soon as I saw them.  As someone who likes smokey whiskeys, Ardbeg and Laguvulin are my 2 recent favorites, and to celebrate my daughter’s birth, I bought a bottle of Ardbeg Uigeadail, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I appreciated the opportunity to try some of Ardbeg’s other whiskeys and the award for the best whiskey at the LA Cocktail classic goes to: Ardbeg’s Corryvreckan.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan wins The VeniceWhiskey Best in Show at LA Cocktail Classic

Smokey, complex, and all around delicious!  It’s got the tastiness of a Rye with the smokiness that is classic Ardbeg.  Definitely a bottle I’m going to buy for my next special occassion as the Uigedail is nice, but the Corryvreckan was noticeably (I tried all the Ardbegs side by side) better.  Congrats Ardbeg on a whiskey well done!

- Ravi Iyer



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