Review: Bruichladdich 12 Year Old 1998 Ancien Regime Feis Ile 2011

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Bruichladdich Distillery

Bottling: Bruichladdich Feis Ile 2011

ABV: 46%

Cost: £81.46 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

The first of two special releases to mark the acquisition and rebirth of Bruichladdich distillery, distilled in 1998 under the previous ownership. 2,500 bottles were produced, matured in bourbon casks and originally released for Fèis Ìle 2011.

Nose:

Butterscotch and vanilla. Notes of toffee apple, smoke and cinnamon.

Palate:

Rich and very complex with oodles of intensely sweet spices, as well as more of those toffee apples, some black pepper and candy floss.

Finish:

Good length, rich, golden syrup and rum spices.

What I say:

Thanks to Tom of Toms Whisky Reviews for the sample, he had a good feeling about this whisky and knew I would appreciate it too!

Colour:

Dark bronze amber (10/20), slow thick tears leave long medium legs

Nose:

Cereal barley malt, malting floors, steeping malt, porridge, gristy, honey sweet, vanilla, fruity; apple, lemon and lime citrus, followed by buttery and sugary fudge, butterscotch, toffee, toffee apples and sugar dummies/spun sugar

Taste:

Sweet & rich spun sugar, candyfloss, fudge, butterscotch, honey, spiced gingerbread, vanilla sponge cake, apple pie with cinnamon and vanilla custard

Finish:

Long, sweet honey & golden syrup with spiced oak wood

Overall:

A lovely expression which brought home the impression of freshly baked apple pie and custard – a real pleasure when all the flavours synergise to create something greater than the sum of their individual parts – one to reminisce over.

Score: 85/100