Still working my way through The Ladies’ Share’s tasting ‘Back to Islay‘. And now the time has come for Bruichladdich Distillery. We only had a quick stop at the distillery shop, but a couple of Ladies bought whiskies here.
Todays whisky is called Bruichladdich PHD_135 and is the release for Feis Ile 2016. We tasted from bottle 292 of 1881. The whisky was distilled in 2001 and bottled in 2016 at 50 ABV. It is 15 YO. The first 14 years it has been matured in first-fill bourbon, sherry and French wine casks, and then it was given a finish for 1 year in virgin oak casks. The peat level is 10 ppm.
It has only been available at the distillery.
The alcohol is the first thing to meet the nose. It is quite warm, but sharp at the same time. Bouillon and oak. There is an intense smell like from an essence of some kind, if you know what I mean. The alcohol is also the first thing to meet the palate. Then there is salt, bouillon, aniseed, nutmeg and white pepper. It is quite spicy. The finish reminds me of the Norwegian lozenge Ifa. Ifa leaves your palate feeling dry which puts you in need of another one! The peat is present, and there is something sweet. White pepper, maybe.
My score: nose 19 / taste 21 / finish 20 / balance 20 = 80