Bruichladdich 15 Years Old 2001/2016 (56.8%, OB, Private Cask, Bourbon HH #0560)

Whisky Review: Bruichladdich 15 Years Old 2001 Bourbon HHD #0560

Category: Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Origin: Bruichladdich Distillery

Bottling: Bruichladdich Distillery; Private Single Cask Bottling

ABV: 56.8%

Cost: ?


What they say:

Private single cask bottling from Bruichladdich – see image for details

What I say:

One of a pair of casks that had been purchased privately from and bottled at outturn by Bruichladdich for the cask owner – offered up for sale. During my attempts to find a suitable buyer for these bottles I had the opportunity to sample this and here are my tasting notes:


Champagne Gold (3/20), slow-forming fine droplet tears and long fine legs


Sweet and cloying with a mass of rich sweet vanilla essence and custard, a little crisp green apple, dry, chalky, marker pen, Edinburgh rock, malty/bbq beef monster munch, light caramel, dried grass/hay, hints of cinnamon spice, sandalwood and fresh oak wood


Quite spirity and zippy on the palate, thinner in body than the nose suggest though the vanilla is there, spiced white pepper, cinnamon, popcorn cereals, slightly calmer – less spirit and spicy with a drop of water more vanilla and naked cereal/grass is revealed but quite tannic fresh oak too, becomes a little more buttery, honey-roasted and smoked almonds


Long, peppery and dry, oak wood, sweet and sour – touch of umami/msg


Sweet and malty on the nose but more sweet & sour on the palate. A good depth of malty backbone lends this some real umami & mouthfeel to it despite the body at cask strength feeling a little thinner than medium. Water opens it out but also exposes some raw cereal and wood flavours. I like the purity and simplicity of this whisky despite usually preferring something a little sweeter.

Score: 85/100

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