I love Cadenhead’s and I love Bruichladdich. Not everything from both these places is awesome, but when Bruichladdich comes from a ‘normal’ cask, my level of trust rises.
I got this when it came out years ago and have slowly been sipping away at this bottle since. I also used it in one of the “#StayTheFuckHome” tastings I’ve been hosting since the lockdown prohibited us from doing almost all other types of tastings.
It was rather well received even though it’s a tad mellow for a normal whisky tasting, where taste buds get overstimulated quickly.
Warm bread, lots of barley and gentle oak. A certain creaminess, with hints of Gouda cheese, earthiness and a whiff of diesel. Very classical, and very interesting.
The palate start of slightly sharp and quite dry. Lots of oak and sawdust, and grist. Barley, pear drops, rye bread. The earthiness and some heather make this a very typical whisky that sits very well in the unpeated Islay category. After a while a herbaceousness comes through, like thyme and dried rosemary.
The finish shows more barley and oak, with a bit more juicy apples and pears, so more fruity than before. It’s a nice twist that actually combines very well with the dried herbs from before. A long finish too.
This is the style of whisky that is exactly in my wheelhouse. A lot of maturation has happened without the cask overpowering the spirit entirely, and therefore there are a lot of flavors to be discovered. Very old fashioned, and a timid dram instead of a massive bruiser like so many modern-day whiskies.
Bruichladdich 27, 1988-2016, Bourbon Hogshead, 50.2%, Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection. Still available through various stores, starting at € 166