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Description

Bruichladdich was built on Islay in the late 1880s and had many ups and downs even though it was known as the local’s dram. It was unusual to have an unpeated malt on the island known to make heavily peated whiskies but that’s what Bruichladdich was. Resurrected in 2001, they now produce other medium and heavily peated malts called Port Charlotte and Octomore.

They are also known for their experiments with different barley varieties (including the archaic Bere). More than 40% of Bruichladdich’s malting barley is now produced on the island. In addition to the whisky, an old Lomond still has been recommissioned and produces The Botanist gin, whose botanical mix includes herbs and plants from Islay.

Taste

This SC: 01 2012 vintage is the fifth release in their cask exploration series. All of the barley used to produce this whisky came from within 10 miles of the distillery.  Malted to 40ppm by their maltsters on the Scottish mainland and then comes back to Islay for full production and maturation.

Matured in a combination of sherry butts and first and second fill American whiskey barrels were recasked at different points of maturation into some of the finest Sauternes wine casks from the left bank of the Garonne River in Bordeaux.

  • BARLEY PROVENANCE100% Islay-grown Concerto, Propino, Publican and Oxbridge varieties
  • DISTILLATIONDistilled in 2012
  • AGE9 Aged Years
  • MATURATION PROFILEParcel one: Sherry butts re-casked into first-fill Sauternes casks; Parcel two: Second fill American whiskey barrels re-casked into second-fill Sauternes casks; Parcel three: A combination of first and second fill American whiskey barrels re-casked into first fill Sauternes casks.
  • PHENOL LEVEL40 parts per million (PPM)

Brand Tasting Notes: On the nose: Sweet, stone fruit and a delicate floral perfume with hints of peaches in syrup, dried apricots, honeyed melon, and ripe pineapple. Brown sugar, vanilla fudge, caramel, and marzipan are followed by heady notes of honeysuckle and heather. Peat smoke and warm toasted oak come through with a little time to bring depth and complexity to the dram. On the palate: The warmth and supple texture of this dram elegantly coats the palate and brings a balance of light peat smoke and ripe fruit. Another sip confirms both the beautiful viscosity and depth of flavor, as beneath the delicate smoke comes earthy notes of leather and boot polish. The oak brings strength and sweet vanilla, chocolate, and citrus to complement the waves of fruit.

Details
  • Bottle Size750
  • DistilleryBruichladdich
  • StyleSingle Malt Scotch
  • RegionIslay
  • Age9
  • ABV55.2%
  • Country of OriginScotland
  • Cask StrengthYes
  • Cask TypeSauternes
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