Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich 2003 Micro-Provenance (60.1%, OB, Port HH #543, 250 Bottles, 2015)

Review: Bruichladdich Micro-Provenance Cask 543

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Bruichladdich Distillery

Bottling: Rémy Cointreau for #LaddieMP3

ABV: 60.1%

Cost: £90 for 3x 20cl

Score: 87/100

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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

Tasting Notes

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.

Colour

Ruby red.

Nose

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.

Palate

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.

Finish

Long and complex, the port flavours linger and leave you with a lovely memory of a rare type of cask in our cellars.

Mood

Full bodied and full of flavour.

#LaddieMP3 tasting

What I say:

Sample from #LaddieMP3

Bordeaux red wine cask?

Colour:

Ruby red (13/20), medium droplet tears with thick and fine legs

Nose:

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

Taste:

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

Finish:

Long sweet jammy red fruits

Overall:

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