Bruichladdich 12, 2008-2021, Barrel 1710, 59.6% – Archives for the Whiskybase Shop

After last week’s Islay theme, I wanted to do an Archives theme this week. As in, not necessarily Archives, but things from Whiskybase, since they also release stuff under that label. I guess a transition should be done by doing an Archives bottling, for the Whiskybase shop, from an Islay distillery. Ticks all the boxes, right?

This Bruichladdich was advertised last year as a love-it-or-hate-it whisky, and not for people who like middle of the road stuff. Said to be an old fashioned Bruichladdich, it could go either way, but with Archives/Whiskybase selecting the cask I knew it wasn’t going to be shit. Or at least I had high hopes, since they’ve not really let me down as far as I remember.

Interestingly it didn’t sell out quickly in the shop, and was made available online for a little while. Not a clue if it went quickly, but I do know I was in time to get myself a bottle. A part of it was shared with friends, and now I’m slowly going through the last quarter of it. Yesterday I finally sat down to write a proper review.

Image from Whiskybase

Floral and grassy, with a certain milkshake-y touch. Milk, weeds, violets, but not perfumy. Hints of chalk and licorice (schoolkrijtjes) and those candy hearts with text on them. However, not overly sweet.

A fairly gentle arrival before the alcohol really kicks in. Lots of heat from a mountain of white pepper. Dry sawdust, candy hearts, icing sugar, violets and milkshakes. Apparently it’s that sherbet thing.

The finish becomes a bit more fruity, but also shows strange notes of iron and copper. Milkshake, blood orange sorbet, candy hearts, oak shavings.

Drops a point on the finish with that iron and copper note that I can’t really wrap my mind around. However, it definitely is one of the more interesting whiskies I’ve tried in a while. It’s a unique character that rubs against the perfumy notes of 1980s Bowmore, but doesn’t go into laundry detergent territory.

And therefore, I think this is a great pick. Highly enjoyable and it really ‘adds’ something to my collection. It’s the one whisky that gives me these tasting notes, and that makes it awesome.



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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