NOSE Deep bold peat followed by a deep complex orchard fruit (pears, apples, apricots) get accompanied by a dollop of vanilla, honey and malty sweetness. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. By Cameron Holck / August 2, 2019 Editor’s Note: This whisky was provided to us as a review sample by Bruichladdich. A moderate tongue burn – consistent with 50% ABV – is followed by unctuous dripping honey, peach jelly, buttered scones, and more golden raisins. The yearly release of Bruichladdich’s super heavily peated spirit, Octomore, is like Christmas for scotch fans. I like subtlety in scotch, and Bruichladdich has become very good at it. I like the fact that all 3 whiskies in this collection are bottled at 50% ABV and was excited to get stuck in and sample them. The youngest casks (the majority) were 7 years old. Recently I was invited to take part in a marketing campaign for Bruichladdich’s Octomore 11 series, which went well enough that Bruichladdich asked me to work on the sequel: A discussion of Bruichladdich’s Transparency Campaign “No Hidden Measures”. Slightly astringent but not enough to ruin it, very spicy and a little nutty. Head Distiller Adam Hannett has a generic house character in mind when he tastes casks for the vatting, but does not worship at the feet of the gods of Consistency like most distilleries. The Schtick: A blend of casks known only to Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan, Black Art 4.1 was distilled in 1990 at Bruichladdich in a rare annual release that seeks to capture the mind of the magician on staff at one of Islay's most transparent, yet enigmatic distilleries. I was to meet with 10 other whisky “influencers” (ugh) and bloggers, now “The Octomore 11”, to collaborate on an owner’s manual of sorts … Like I said, I can’t justify that statement. The Classic is vatted from casks as young as 5 or 6, and as old as 12 or 13, and while they are mostly ex-bourbon, Adam often uses wine-finished casks to achieve the balance of flavors he’s looking for. Delicately sweet, with only a balancing spot of charcoal bitterness. Water optional with this one. Rye, cardamom, worn vanilla and dried grapes. The distillery is even I have the Bruichladdich 10 year peated in the queue which I can’t wait to try. While Bruichladdich’s signature namesake whiskies are unpeated, they produce peat bombs like no other with malted barley sometimes coming in over 300 phenol parts per million (PPM). I read lots of nonsense about terroir and hands-on distilling, barrelling and bottling and blah, blah, blah, but this was the first time that all seemed to come through in the glass. I do like it but if I had a criticism it would be that it doesn’t really have a distinct character that would push it into the great whisky category. Scotch Whisky Reviews 3. The login page will open in a new window. This does not affect the price you pay. Great work. Sweet cream. 50% ABV didn’t hurt for this cask-strength drinker, either. Sea breeze and coastal air. Vanilla mint. In 2015, the 6.3 heralded the release for the very first time, of an Octomore distilled from 100% Islay barley. Months later it appeared on the drink menu at Richard's fine restaurant in Boise, Idaho. Bruichladdich was founded in 1881 by the Harvey Brothers and has seen many challenges over the long years of its lifetime. Port Charlotte 10 Review. On the nose: quite tar-like with tobacco as well. Before these 3 I had never had anything from Bruichladdich before and I have to say I am now a fan of the brand. Für die Abfüllung dieser Serie wurde nur Wasser und Gerste der Insel Islay verwendet. It’s got some virgin oak, some sherry, some Cab, Merlot and Mourvedre casks, and some of the barley was grown on Islay. I visited the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay in 2015 and came away very impressed with the distillery and Islay itself. Bruichladdich Valinch 40 2008 – review. It must have been the former, because every Bruichladdich I’ve tasted since – granted, that number is 5 – has been light, fruity, and floral just like it says on the tin. Check out my discussion of the “No Hidden Measures” campaign (the sponsored one), so you can see exactly what went into my bottle, which is from batch 20/109. Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011. Your email address will not be published. Cool. Rye bread, with some orange hard boiled sweets. Reviews . Bruichladdich Whisky Distillery. While that piece of work was sponsored, the following blog post was not, and although I received the review bottle for free (perks!) $60 is a bit of a stretch. Bruichladdich is living proof that the traditional whisky regions of Scotland make no sense. And, spoiler, it did. (Please don’t leave me…). Loving every second of it. Bruichladdich uses no artificial colors and is un-chilled filtered. Your email address will not be published. Type: Single Malt Scotch Region: Islay Age: 10 years ABV: 50% Non chill-filtered Natural color. If you are like me, then there can never be enough peat. Shop now. Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Years Review. What else? The price feels right, even for an NAS entry-level bottle. The Noob’s Top 10 Cocktails, The Balvenie (15 year) Single Barrel Cask #201, ScotchNoob Recommends: The Glencairn Glass, ScotchNoob Recommends: The World Atlas of Whisky, ScotchNoob Recommends: Whisky Advocate Magazine, Book Review: The World Atlas of Whisky by Dave Broom, Tullibardine (Alexander Murray: Polly’s Casks), Lagavulin (9 year) – Game of Thrones “House Lannister”, Boutique-y Whisky: Tomatin (11 year) Batch 4, Mortlach (15 year) – Game of Thrones “Six Kingdoms”. Bruichladdich Black Art is a dense, full and tasty dram that bewitches the senses. Its higher-than-baseline price feels different to me, now that I know what goes into the vatting, and because Bruichladdich does a lot of things the expensive, not-efficient way like the better craft distilleries. Nose: Barley. Scotch Whisky; Flaschenpost von Islay: Bruichladdich Laddie Ten 10 Jahre im Test. Der Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2010 ist ein wundervoller Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Bruichladdich Scottish Barley has no age statement, was matured exclusively in bourbon barrels, and is unpeated. I picked up a 3 bottle presentation box of Bruichladdich containing The Classic Laddie, the Islay Barley and the Port Charlotte. PALATE Crisp clean peat rolls through followed by the same complex orchard fruit from the nose. Scotch Whisky Reviews. Nose. A treacle sponge, brown sugar and honey-emphasising sweetness from an active cask. My only complaint is that the vibrancy of young malt is attended by that acetone/paint thinner note, although it’s only present on the aroma. The reviewed bottle was opened 3 days ago. (750ml bottle) thanks to Bruichladdich and "No Hidden Measures" Campaign for the bottle! I’ll stop reminiscing now and get down to business in this Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year Scotch review. Despite the incredibly modern and cool branding, the Bruichladdich distillery is an old one, having been formed in 1881. It casts a spell of seduction that starts with the aroma and culminates in a Danse Macabre that joyfully makes its way from the tip of the tongue to the depths of the belly leaving a trail of dark notes. We had never heard of Bruichladdich until we watched the "Scotch: The Golden Dream" documentary on a long airline flight. my review below is my own and was not influenced by (or published in) the campaign. Also a fan of the arts, sport, music and cats. Peppermint. https://whiskeybon.com/scotch/bruichladdich-the-classic-laddie-review But that’s to be expected with a distillery whose goal is flavor, not consistency. That comes at a premium. Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1 23yr. If you’re looking for a solid, unpeated, scotch that brings subtlety and complexity to the table, without being a whisky you need to stop and think about, then I can’t recommend the Bruichladdich … Finish: Medium long. There seems to be something special about this small distillery on the shores of Loch Indaal however, which has perhaps helped it to endure where others may have fallen. Scotch / Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011. Mit dem Bruichladdich Octomore 10.2 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky gönnt man sich ein weiteres Qualitätsprodukt der bekannten Destillerie in den Hebriden. Not everyone is interested in that kind of thing but it did make a great first impression for a brand that I have never tried before. Still, try to seek out one of the retailers listing this for $50 or less. I was originally just a Scotch drinker but now also absolutely love American whiskey too. Assorted florals – honeysuckle and rose primarily – with an undercurrent of light, nutty, grain-forward malt. Nose: Lightly fruity, with orchard fruits (white peach, crisp plum, yellow apples), golden raisins, and raw honey. I can’t substantiate this comment, but my emotional memory of it was that it was just an “honest’ whisky. Integrating time, high quality oak and Scottish barley.”. Some peat, but really not as much as expected, although the longer you let the whisky sit in a glass, the more prominent the peat smoke becomes. The higher ABV helps those subtle notes pop, and as we know from Octomore, Bruichladdich spirit likes to be braced by a high alcohol percentage. We're working on a solution. Proofing it down a few more % releases a banana and kiwi note, but makes the palate bland. Islay is such a small, quiet, and beautiful place that lets the Scotch age in peace surrounded by salty ocean, refreshing air, and gorgeous scenery; you might even call it paradise. 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