I am lucky to have friends who have bought and bottled their own whisky casks! One friend gave me a huge sample of a Bruichladdich he bottled last year 🙂 I have really enjoyed it.
Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay produces both unpeated and peated whiskies. The unpeated ones are named Bruichladdich, while the peated ones are named Port Charlotte and the heavily peated are Octomore.
This whisky is an unpeated one. It was distilled in 2006, then matured for 10 years in a first-fill bourbon cask and bottled in 2016 at 65,9 ABV. The outturn was 251 bottles.
Rich on the nose. Fruity and spicy. Fresh fruits like honey melon, peaches, mango and baked apples. A mix of apple pie and lemon cake. Cinnamon and cayenne. Vanilla and fudge. You could nose this forever. Warm and intense on the palate. A lot of fresh fruits here as well. Still honey melon and peaches, both soft and warm. Baked apples with chili! Warm butter melting on shortbread. Fudge. The finish is lingering with a warm sweetness and spices. Cinnamon, salt, black and white pepper.
My score: nose 24 / taste 24 / finish 23 / balance 24 = 95