13 November 2015

12/11/2015 One Bruichladdich

A colleague brought this, for an unknown reason. Yay. One of his mates bought a cask and had it bottled. This particular bottle was bought at a charity auction. Who was I to refuse this once-in-a-lifetime chance?

Bruichladdich 10yo 2005/2015 Islay Mist (60.7%, OB Private Cask Bottling for Wares, Bourbon Cask, C#1477): nose: voluptuously peachy, with a tiny veil of grass smoke, a meagre camp fire. This smells like warmth and comfort. Sweets of the gummy-bear type show up after a moment, then meringue and sweetened cream. It ends up being a rather modern malt, with vanilla, milk chocolate and a little dessicated coconut, yet it never becomes too simple. Mouth: oily and velvety, it coats the mouth properly, delivering the goods too (60+%). After a moment, a fresh and gentle dryness appears, giving it a slightly more austere touch. The main notes, however, are honey and mead. It also has a bit of cinnamon sticks.
Finish: this is where the heat kicks in. Warm mead, hot toddy, vanilla-ed hot cocoa, spiked with a few spices, cassia bark first and gentle sandalwood. 7/10 (thanks CG for the dram)

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