Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky differently from me.
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Pale gold / straw.
Smoke and peat (what a surprise). Under that earthy, salty peat though is a sweetness – vanilla for sure but I also get a milk chocolate note.
Smooth, plenty of vanilla and fudge. There’s a bit of a tingle from it but I think it’s more from the 59.1% abv rather than a spice note. There’s also a fruity note to it that I can’t quite place my finger on – I want to say blackberries maybe?
Peat but turning sweet and nutty – hazelnuts and chocolate come to mind.
This comes in at around £115 – £130 and it’s only 5 years old… that’s a hefty price tag for a 5 year old whisky! That said I’d have had no idea this was only 5 years old. I can honestly say that Bruichladdich are right when they say this expression will debunk the myth that older is better. Unfortunately I don’t have the kind of money needed to buy this right now but if I did I would certainly be buying myself a bottle of this exceptional dram.
Taken from Bruichladdich Website:
CHARACTER – Refined, sleek, confident in its youth. Older than its years.
AROMA – Smoke and oak, intense sweetness from the cask, vanilla, cinder toffee. The smoke is thick, velvety and vegetal, peat and earthy.
TASTE – Soft on the palate- no aggression, nutty, fudge, nougat, delicate coconut and rose petal floral.
FINISH – Long peat finish, hints of treacle, warm sand/salt.
COLOUR – Pale gold.