Bruichladdich
Islay Barley 2011 (6 year old) 50%

Age: Under 10yrs
ABV: 50
Bottle size: 70
In stock
£50.50

Coull, Rockside, Island, Mulindry, Starchmill and Cruach farms.
75% Fresh Bourbon, 24% Second and Third fill ex-sweet white wine casks
Btl: Oct 2018
Tasted: Feb 2019
The nose is quite reserved, coastal and barley'd with hints of late harvested winey honey and coffee. Straw-like barley, apricot, pear and apple notes follow and the nose fills out well as the American oak comes through. Late earth, malty and grainy dried fruit.

The palate is quite reserved and barley'd with earth, salt and subtle American oak. Hints of coffee, honey, white fruit, apricot and malt come through on the middle along with building coastal notes. Long and lightly oiled with honeysuckle, wood spices and sweet vanilla.

A drop of water sweetens the barley and oak, but also makes the wine cask more obvious. However I don't believe that the balance is compromised. The palate mirrors the nose. The spirit shows a lovely, classy purity before the wine cask notes come through. Still quite salty on the finish but showing less wood spice.

A drop of water makes the nose more floral and honeyed with hints of Alsace-like white fruit and barley. The palate is now unshackled! Sweeter and more honeyed, generous and juicy with barley, honeysuckle and subtle vanilla. Now it is more classic Laddie. Slightly dry, dusty spice after-taste.

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