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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Tasting Notes Review

This distillery is on the beautiful western shore of Loch Indaal. Production started in 1881 by the Harvey brothers

 

 

Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Tasting Notes...

 

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley

The classic laddie Single Malt Whisky 50%  

 

Colour; Sunlight on fields of early summer barley

On the nose; Opening with barley sugar and a hint of mint before leading into the most wonderful notes of freshly cut wild flowers; buttercup, daisy, meadow sweet, myrtle, primrose and cherry blossom. After some four or five minutes and with the addition of a little water, caramelisd fruits drift onto the scene; lemon drops and honey, tangerine and tablet

 

Palate; sweet oak and the barley arriving together sending the taste buds into raptures. The fruits from distillation pop on the tongue like champagne bubbles. A combination of ripe green fruit, brown sugar and sweet malt bring closure.  

 

Bruichladdich Islay Barley Rockside Farm 2007

Single Malt Whisky 50%

 

Colour; Golden hay/warm honey.

On the nose; floral notes of heather covered moorlands in full bloom and more than a hint of juniper, hawthorn and mountain thyme. Then the beautiful aroma of soft ripe fruit, green grapes, melon, pear and pineapple all sprinkled with cinnamon.

Palate; The oak has been waiting patiently and now it cradles all of the aromatics. The flavours of this Island.

 

Finish With no chill filtration the palate is bathed in an amazing spiritual composition. The viscosity of spirit ensures that the taste buds will still be experiencing the strong pulse of passion that has gone into the making of this true son of Islay, Finally leaving you with a feeling of sublime contentment.

 

Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky Sherry Classic 46%

 

Colour: Winter sunset.

 

Nose: Close your eyes and inhale and you are immediately in Sanlucar de Barrameda enjoying tapas and a glass of chilled Manzanilla in the summer warmth of Andalucía. White raisins, sultanas and date syrup. Add a little water and these are joined by the light fruits of crisp sundried Scottish barley.

 

Palate:  The salty traces of Bruichladdich and Manzanilla can be found by their citrus lemon flavour which has evolved from the salt’s journey into the oak staves which together bring an amazing texture to his classic Bruichladdich.

 

Finish: With 14 years average age this Laddie is in its prime, strong yet gentle. There is a uniqueness about this spirit with the solidarity and variety of Sherry casks coming together.

 

Port Charlotte 10 year old 46%

 

Heavily Peated Port Charlotte Single Malt Whisky aged 10 years.

 

Matured and bottled at Bruichladdich Distillery.

40ppm

 

Colour; Bronzed mahogany.

 

On the nose; The sherry and peat are the first to rise; little slipstreams of lemon peel, black pepper, eucalyptus, cinnamon, heather and mint.

Palate; the combination of both bourbon and sherry wood arrives in an unhurried wave of sticky dates, mellow Oloroso, chocolate orange, smoked malt, roasted walnuts and dark toffee.

 

Finish; you will notice there is a subtle change in the flavour as the American bourbon wood sunsets the experience with a brilliant flash of Spanish flair - dark, passionate, sweet and desirable.

 

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley 50%

 

On the nose; Opening with assertive waves of peat smoke. A swell of aromatics flood the senses with notes of iodine, salty canvas, crushed sea shells, charred oak staves, black pepper, paprika and leather tobacco pouches. The second wave brings vanilla, figs and soft plump dates, marinated pear, freshly milled malt, dark sweet toffee and cracked walnuts. It’s smoky. It’s smouldering. It’s sensuous. Just close your eyes and inhale long and deep. This is aromatic awesomeness

 

Palate Wow! Waves of the sweetest, smoothest, warmest smokiest spirit that you have ever experienced flood onto the palate. It is potent, focused and the flavours explode brilliantly onto the palate. Full of depth and complexity, the smokey sweetness of the barley contrasts beautifully with the marine freshness of the spirit and the richness of toffee and vanilla. The complexity is enhanced further with a citrus twist and then mellow oak tempers the fire.  

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