Bruichladdich 8, 2011-2019, Bourbon Cask #150, 65.8% – Lady of the Glen

I doubt if I ever had a dram from Lady of the Glen before. Probably, but not one I remember without doing more research into old tasting notes.

Anyway, it’s a bottler, like there are many. Even though there are bottlings from all over the place, I believe there is a light focus on Islay and I even think I remember them being present at several Feis Iles, in the past. Of course, that’s all hearsay since I’ve never been myself.

This Bruichladdich, young and insanely strong was tasted blind, since the label only stated the Whiskybase ID, but that’s enough for clearing things up afterward, and more than obscure enough to make me not know what to expect. Good fun!

Drawback of only stating the ‘wbid’ is that I have no clue to where the sample came from… (Was this you, Norbert?)

Image from Whiskybase

Sniff:
Straw and peaty smoke to begin with. Smoked cheese, apple and tangerine. A whiff of oak, and some grassy notes. Hay, twigs, butter with herbs.

Sip:
A gentle arrival, but a bit more coastal than before. Salinity on top of heathery peat smoke. Still a bit of a funky creaminess, that smoked cheese note. Straw and white pepper, and a touch of oak.

Swallow:
More fruity on the finish, with dried apple, old tangerine, straw. Quite long, with cream and green oak.

It’s fairly straight forward in being a rather old fashioned, and old style whisky. Interestingly, I didn’t really notice the insanely high ABV, nor the rather young age of the bottling. It was cask strength all right, but I would have believed it if the label stated 57-ish%.

These old style whiskies, with a focus on coastal notes, a whiff of smoke and some fruit work really well for me. The dryness of heather and some pepper, with quite some woody notes work as well. It’s just ticks all the right boxes.

Currently this is available for some € 135 in The Netherlands, which is quite a lot of an 8 year old whisky, but based on its flavorprofile and quality, I can’t say I blame shops for asking this price.

88/100

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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