Review: Bruichladdich Micro-Provenance Cask 543
Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Bruichladdich Distillery
Bottling: Rémy Cointreau for #LaddieMP3
Cost: £90 for 3x 20cl
What they say:
Porto cask matured 12 Years Old
Distilled in 2003 and bottled in 2015, this single malt whisky has spent its entire maturation period in a port hogshead barrel by the shores of Loch Indaal.
Northern Portugal’s Douro river valley is not only port’s Denominação de Origem Controlada (DOC), it has UNESCO world heritage status due to archaeological evidence of wine production stretching back two thousand years.
The Micro Provenance series is unique to Bruichladdich and is conceived as an exploration into cask evolution, each individually picked by head distiller Adam Hannett to explore the fine nuances of the Bruichladdich whisky and the effects of warehousing, oak, cask and micro-climate on maturing spirit.
It is available exclusively online via Bruichladdich.com.
Number of bottles: 250
There are layers of depth to this and yet the character and the cask type are obvious quite quickly. Lovely syrupy texture in the glass.
Just like Christmas! Very fruity and rich. This port matured spirit is oozing with notes of sweet berry fruits like cherry blackberry plum and blackcurrant. There are big oak notes in the background leather, vanilla and toasted oak.
Quite peppery on the lips and very rich and fruity. There is a really good balance of flavour from the wood and the fruit it offers, all the toasted oak, vanilla and coconut are side by side with blackberry jam, black cherry, poached plums and pears.
Long and complex, the port flavours linger and leave you with a lovely memory of a rare type of cask in our cellars.
Full bodied and full of flavour.
What I say:
Sample from #LaddieMP3
Bordeaux red wine cask?
Ruby red (13/20), medium droplet tears with thick and fine legs
Sweet, toffee, fruit, red berries, Christmasmas cake, plums, raisin, tannic leather, sweet lemon cakes, rhubarb and cherry crumble, musty and dusty dunnage warehouses, cherry pop tarts, strawberry jam
Fruity and syrupy, thins after a while, slightly salty and acrid/stretched elastic. tannins, Christmas cake, dried fruits; raisin, red fruits; plum and raspberry, tannic leather, sweet lemon cakes, rhubarb and cherry crumble, sweet, salt caramel, spun sugar/sugar dummies
Long sweet jammy red fruits