Bruichladdich 2003-2017, 14yo, Bourbon Barrel MoS 17015, 56.8% – Malts of Scotland

I’m not alone in this, although there are many who aren’t exactly agreeing with me too. I generally really love Bruichladdich with a bit of age, from a bourbon cask.

I know I can count on a lot of nodding heads when I say that Bruichladdich did some things wrong with the six million wine cask releases between 2005 and 2015, but lately they seem to be on a roll.

Image from Whiskybase

I got myself a sample of this some years ago, although I don’t remember where the sample came from. Bourbon cask. 14 years old. A good bottler. Sounds good right?

Beatifully malty, with a very coastal salinity. Some heavy woodsiness (intentional third s). Some mint, brine and sand. Golden syrup on pancakes, strangely.

Dry barley, dusty husks. Quite sharp, dry oak, some Scottish tablet, maybe some apple with the salinity from before. Very coastal, and exactly the style that makes a ‘laddie good! Lots of minerals. Mossy rocks and such.

Warming and dry. Some charcoal, some old apple, some tablet. Lots of barley again. Very good stuff!

In a way this is very, very straight forward, but I feel that Bruichladdich shines when it does that. I like that the Islay coastalness is present, but it’s not with the ‘regional’ smoke that covers it all.

With this still being available for about € 100, this seems a very acceptably priced Laddie!



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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