Kategoriarkiv: Bruichladdich

Octomore 11.1 – Dialogos

ABV: 59.4 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2014 with a PPM value of 139.6. It was aged in first fill ex-bourbon barrels for 5 years. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Octomore 09.3 – Dialogos

ABV: 62.9 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

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Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2012 with a PPM value of 133. It was aged in a mix of first fill ex-american (25 %), third fill virgin oak (25 %), second fill ex-Riversaltes (20 %), second fill Syrah (20 %) and lastly, spirit aged in second fill ex-bourbon barrels (10 %). It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Octomore 10 Years – Dialogos

ABV: 56.8 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This whisky was distilled in 2008 with a PPM value of 167. It was aged in a mix of first fill ex-port pipes (37 %), first fill ex-cognac casks (31 %), second fill ex-bourbon barrels (20 %) and lastly, spirit aged in first fill ex-bourbon barrels, then in virgin oak casks and then ex-American whiskey casks (12 %) . It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie – Scottish Barley

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is a mix of sweet and salty. At first there’s a layer of honey and vanilla with a mild cloud of peppermint on top. The base consists of coastal notes, like seaweed and salty ocean air. It’s not especially fruity, but there is a hint of citrus fruits floating around somewhere in between together with a slightly perfumey floral notes. The nose is very consistant over time and it doesn’t evolve too much in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out with a sour tang, but soon becomes savory. It feels rowdy and a bit rough around the edges, but in a very good way. There’s tar, motoroil and coastal notes, which are still very much in focus. It’s not as sweet as on the nose and the honey and vanilla notes move out towards the edges. There’s a bitter oakiness coming through and after a few seconds there’s a black pepper spicyness starting to build up. With time there’s a bitter black liquorice emerging from the back.

Finish: The savory notes are first to appear and they are accompanied by peppermint and brine. It’s very salty, but it starts to lean away from the coastal notes and lean more towards a herbaceous character. It takes a second or two for the oakiness to arrive, but when it does it packs a punch. It becomes very pronounced in the finish. It’s a nice oakiness and it feels genuine and almost like it’s coming from a ship wreck, since it’s mixed with the savory and salty notes. This is a great, albeit young, whisky which doesn’t cater for people who want an easy sipping experience. This is rough around the edges, and that’s a very good thing.

Additional information
The Classic Laddie is mainly aged in first and second fill american ex-bourbon casks. There’s also a couple of ex-wine casks in the mix. The batch of the tested bottle is 19/192.

Bruichladdich The Laddie Eight

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very savory and thick. There’s a baseline of salt, rubber and grease. On top there’s honey, vanilla and a handful of Bassett’s allsorts. There’s a chili spicyness and the oak comes through as newly cut wood. There’s also a floral and herbal side to it. This is a very interresting and complex experience.

Mouth: At first there’s a thick layer of honey and chili spicyness with a lemon freshness on the side. A sweet white wine fills the center of the palate. It’s very thick and got an oily mouthfeel. There’s still a floral side to it and savory notes show up in the back. After a few seconds milk chocolate and salted caramel are detectable.

Finish: The rubbery note comes first, then honey and after that the bassetts allsorts with focus on the liquorice. The floral side shows up as violets, but it sort of comes and goes. It’s very rich and all flavours stay a long time before the oak gets through. It’s a fresh, nice oakiness. It’s not astringent at first but after a few sips it really starts to build up. There’s no bitterness, but it’s got a good amount of saltiness. There is a dust note coming up towards the end.

Additional information
The Laddie Eight is a travel retail exclusive bottling from Bruichladdich. It was released in 2015-2016 and it’s aged in both american and european oak casks. It has natural colour and it’s unchillfiltered.

Port Charlotte 10 YO Heavily Peated

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and peaty. At first there’s a very round and gentle honey and vanilla sweetness with a savory note mixed in. It’s surrounded by a dry and earthy peatiness which gives it a nice contrast between sensations. There’s an ocean spray saltiness, as well as mixed fruits, floating around somewhere in between the other layers. They sort of act like a cohesive between everything else. The fruitiness is coming through as fresh, leaning towards green apples and pears with just a hint of ripe plums. This is a fantastic nose with a lot to discover.

Mouth: It starts out with a rich maltiness together with honey and vanilla as a core. The peatiness is somewhat subdued and lets the fruitiness come through towards the edges. It’s overripe red grapes and blueberries and the fruitiness is a lot different compared to the nose. With time a mild spicy black pepper note arrives together with a dry smoke and earthy peatiness. The backbone has a complexity to it with a salt and savory character.

Finish: The finish starts out with the ripe fruitiness on the edges and in the back while the peatiness and the sweetness sort of dips down for a few seconds. When they once again increase in intensity it’s the peatiness that picks up pace and takes over. The sweetness creates a caramel note in the center though. It moves along together with the oakiness which shows up fashionably late. At first it’s a rather anonymous oakiness but in the late finish it shifts towards a nice walnut nuttiness. This is a great whisky for the explorer and there are tons of small things to discover.

Additional information
The Port Charlotte 10 YO is aged in a mix of 65 % first-fill and 10 % second-fill ex-bourbon barrels together with 25 % second fill french ex-wine casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Bruichladdich Islay Waves – The Rhinns Edition

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is honey sweet with warm peat notes. The peat brings gentle notes of leather and a warm burning woodfire. The sweet layer consists of vanilla, honey and a small hint of caramel. In the back there’s a very clean distillate note with just a small hint of lemon and heather.

Mouth: At first a small hint of the leather pass by before a very nice spicyness takes control. There are honey and tobacco notes together with some dry soil, dust and a touch of seasalt. The lemon note is still found in the back and some sweet liquorice move forward with time in the glass. The texture is quite thick and oily.

Finish: The leather and a quite savory, meaty note take lead. There are some overly ripe fruits coming through somewhere in the back. It’s now more salty with an ashy note and it stays that way for a while before moving over to the fashionably late oakiness. The oak is fresh and slightly dry. It stays for a long time and the earthy part of the peatiness return late in the finish. This is a well made, very sippable dram.

Additional information
This version of Bruichladdich was released in 2012 and is aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and ex-wine casks. The PPM level is 15. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Port Charlotte MC:01 2009

ABV: 56.3 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is peaty, fruity and quite complex. At first there’s a savory peatiness and a very dark fruitiness. Raisins and black liquorice sit together with a nice funky note and an almond nuttiness in the middle. There’s vanilla, coffee beans and way in the back there’s a thin note of green apples. There’s also an overlay of coastal notes with a sense of a seashore. This is an extremely beautiful nose.

Mouth: There’s an immediate savory peatiness creating an outer layer with vanilla, a honey sweetness and a black pepper spicyness just within its boundaries, which leave the middle open for the dark and funky fruit notes. It comes through as very nutty with almonds and now also with hazelnuts which contribute to a dry mouthfeel. The peatiness adds a rubbery, oily note after a few seconds. The fruitiness comes through as raisins and ripe black grapes.

Finish: Black pepper and raisins are the first thing to come through before the savory peatiness swoops in and takes over. It turns quite medicinal for a while, with iodine and salt, before it moves over to the oakiness. The oak brings a big bag of nuts with hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts. The rubbery note is still in there and it creates complexity together with the red wine notes. This is a very tasty whisky and it really rewards those who explore.

Additional information
The MC:01 2009 is a travel retail exclusive release from Bruichladdich. It’s aged in american whiskey casks and french oak casks for 6 years and then combined and finished for 2 years in sicilian ex-wine casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.

Octomore Masterclass_08.2

ABV: 58.4 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Meaty and savory approach with leather, mint, dark fruits, brine and a medicial note. A nice original funky mix.

Mouth: A fresh fruity sweetness, dust, leather, honey, vanilla, plums, raisins, salt, liquorice.

Finish: Savory meat, dark fruits, very salty and a nice, pleasant oak note. Long smokey finish with the savory notes and oak notes lingering long after impact.

Additional information
This is a limited release of 36 000 bottles. It has a healthy 167 ppm and is aged for 8 years. The first 6 years 3 different cask type were used: French Mourvedre, french Sauternes and Austrian sweet wines. The last 2 years it rested in Italian Amarone casks.