Bruichladdich 15 Years Old 2001 Cask 0560 (56.8%, OB, Bourbon HH, 2016)
- 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.