BTC sample 9: Bruichladdich 13, 2002-2016, 58%, First Cask by WIN

I forgot to blog about yesterday’s dram. It was a 9 year old Glen Elgin by SMWS. I believe I got some points for the region.

Today then. This is a dram I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s from a refill sherry butt, and it tastes very well balanced. Bruichladdich independent casks have been coming out for a while now and from what I understand they’re very good. I don’t think I’ve tried (m)any yet.

Image from Whiskybase

Image from Whiskybase

Dry sherry and chalk at first. Some woody notes of old, dry oak. Leather as well, with a slightly bitter note as well. A bit like almonds or cherry stones.

Pretty sharp on arrival, massive bite, so quite pronounced on the ABV front. Leather, sherry, dried fruit, bitter almonds, cherries. Maybe a bit of salinity.

Oily, but then drying on the tongue. Warming in the throat. Sherry, oak, salt, roasted barley, fruits.

Based on the salinity and the lack of obvious smoke I thought this was a Springbank, and since it is quite well balanced with there being sherry, but not a huge amount, I went for the 12 year old Cask Strength. Luckily, that meant I was only one year off, and I even got some points for the ABV.

Not bad. Not bad at all!


Bruichladdich 13, 2002-2016, refill sherry cask 461, 58%, First Cask by WIN. Available for around 100 euros.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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