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06/03/2013 Bruichladdich Tweet Tasting

Another fantastic Twitter Tasting organised by Steve Rush (@thewhiskywire) from this time a range of expressions from Islays Bruichladdich distillery.

I've had a good few Bruichladdich expressions before and somehow missed a couple of the core ones (DOH!) so i was super excited about trying some of these, in particular the Black Art 3 was the one i struggled not to try before the event.

Bruichladdich The Organic Bruichladdich The Organic

First up was this cracking Bruichladdich The Organic a cracker of a dram that i really really enjoyed and has instantly been added to the i need a bottle of this list. Fully traceable back to the farms that the barley came from this really does represent Islay well.

Bottle Name Bruichladdich The Organic
Bottler Bruichladdich
Distiller Bruichladdich
Age* NAS
ABV 46%
Nose Definitely has a grape like quality, lots of nice oak and vanilla custard, touches of the fruity malt loaf that my wife likes too Settles in the glass really nicely and goes quite like good quality custard creams
Taste oh thats quite light and not what i was expecting, lots of lovely custard creams and malt loaf with a dash of quality white wine
Finish popping candy sensation as it warms the cheeks

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006 Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006

The one from tonights tasting lineup that i'd had before, check out my notes from Whisky Fringe here. and still i love this dram, it is entirely from barley from a single farm and the care and attention to detail shines through on this dram.

Bottle Name Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006 Dunlossit Farm
Bottler Bruichladdich
Distiller Bruichladdich
Age* NAS
ABV 50%
Nose very sweet but natural not a refined sugary sweetness, more sweet plums and nectarines winey on the nose with manuka honey goodness
Taste again very sweet more manuka honey, this time with added malted biscuits and some youthful powerful oak influences
Finish just right, a lovely, in fact amazing, dram

Bruichladdich the laddie 10 Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten

Next up was the Laddie Ten, now i'd heard a lot of good things about this, not least a number of people saying it was their dram of the year during last year so i was really hyped about trying it. This is the first full 10 year old from Bruichladdich since the distillery fired back into action.

Bottle Name Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten
Bottler Bruichladdich
Distiller Bruichladdich
Age* 10
ABV 46%
Nose light and a touch floral with edges of fruit, mainly banana skin and some citrus like lime and lemon, touches of malt there too. sniffing again there is a touch of smoke in there too.
Taste definitely has a peatyness to the palate with malt loaf and banana skin, theres a sweet floral taste also.

Bruichladdich Black Art 3Bruichladdich Black Art 3

This was the dram i was super excited about, master distiller Jim McEwan keeps the contents of this deep secret and rumour has it he even hides away in secret when selecting the casks for this dram.

Bottle Name Bruichladdich Black Art 3
Bottler Bruichladdich
Distiller Bruichladdich
Age* 22
ABV 48.7%
Nose my first thought is sherry sweetness and all that goes with it, raisins, sultanas, dates and touches of manuka honey, this ebbs out into plum jam port / red wine notes and a touch of Covonia
Taste ok i'm sure that has a dry port influence, massive plum jam and victoria sponge goodness on the palate interlaced with honey, good quality manuka honey.
Finish This has it's own arms and legs and crawls through you kissing your insides on the way down, glorious

An amazing night in great company and i'd certainly recommend that you try each and every one of these Bruichladdich expressions and any others you can get your hands on.