Since I started this blog I must admit to not reviewing too much from Islay but when independent bottlers Claxtons sent me this sample from a single cask of Bruichladdich I could not wait to dive in, but as things typically happen this got pushed back a little.. I now have my sample ready and can’t wait to dive in, the room is already full of delicious aromas so I know I’m going to love the nose.. This sample is of course NCF, natural colour and cask strength as is all the releases from Claxtons ! This particular sample was laid to rest on the 27-7-2005 in a Rioja wine cask, and it is 11yo..
Nose.. Just as I thought.. Very fresh and extremely fruity.. There is freshly picked redberries and blackberries aroma quickly followed up by prunes, peaches and ripe pear.. Subtle hints of dates and grape with oak and a faint hint of burnt matches.. Soft vanilla and toffee notes give it some sweetness while citrus peel balances it out..
Palate.. Quite dry with a strong spicy kick, lots of wood and dried fruits, bitter chocolate and coffee, a little aniseed with a twist of orange.. Damp oak, charcoal and a definite earthy note finish it off.
Thoughts.. Most people know my palate is rather strange so no suprise to know I do like this… It is different and will challenge you.. This might also be a marmite type of whisky, you will either love it or hate it ! It is well balanced and has a lovely complexity to it, it is far from straight forward and will test the best of palates.. I say well done..
I would like to thank Claxtons for sending this sample for me to review..