Bruichladdich 6 Years Old Unpeated Islay Barley Rockside Farm 50% 2007
|Serie||Islay Barley Rockside Farm|
|Condition||In Original Container|
Serge Valentin (84)
Made from barley harvested on the Rhinns of Islay in 2006. Had this been wine, it would have been a 2006, but it’s the year of distillation that counts.
Colour: white wine (!)
Nose: what strikes first is a huge freshness and an obvious coastal side. Probably one of the most coastal unpeated malts I could nose thus far. So peaches, apples, plums and melons plus whiffs of sea air and the faintest notes of shortbread and vanilla crème. This freshness is very lovely!
Mouth: maybe a little less mature than on the nose, with a few roughish eau-de-vie notes (plums, kirsch) but also pleasant notes of oranges and watermelons. Barley sugar. I seem to find a little salt as well but I may be dreaming, not too sure. Autosuggestion?
Finish: quite long, clean, fruity and rather barleyish.
Comments: a little young but it’s a sweet, pure and fruity malt with a lot of freshness, as I may have written before. I also found traces of peat.
Gal Granov (88)
Nose: This is a really nice nose, did not expect that from such a young malt. Lovely melange of creamy malty goodness , some floral notes, as well as a wee salty breeze. Its not too gentle, some roughness I like, It’s sturdy, and yet fruity with some pear, and a bit of exotics (pineapple, melon?). A summer day on Islay.
Palate: Full flavoured for sure not sweet and creamy no sir. True Islay character with some wood, and vanilla, rather damp woody sort of, which is very sexy in my opinion. It’s not begging for you to like it, but you shall like it nonetheless. oily, and a bit vegetal, getting more buttery with time, then a little sprinkle of black pepper.
Finish: medium with short bread, malt, and a wee sprinkle of salt.
This is a Superb, and complex dram in spite of its young age. At 50% abv (bravo, laddie! for releasing their new expressions at 50% or higher!!).
I am going to get me a bottle of this one, and so should you. If you appreciate a well done whisky, whish is not too expensive as well.