Bruichladdich DNA 36 Years Old 41% NV
€ 999,04 (in Vat)
|Distilled date||Not Specified|
|Cask Type||Château le Pin Wine Cask|
|Condition||In Original Container|
Tasting Notes by Jim McEwan, head distiller;
Character: Bruichladdich’s very DNA. An absolute masterpiece and a marvellous example of how whisky can still be outstanding at such a great age provided the cask and spirit were in top condition at the outset.
Nose: Soft sultanas, raisins, dates, walnuts and toasted almonds are the opening notes. Round the edges little notes of linden and orange blossom add to the magic all encased in a cradle of Crème Brulee, gently sprayed with mellow bourbon throughout. The vanilla from the toasted oak sugar gives delectability as never experienced before.
Palate: Mellow oak still showing that deep warmth which comes from spirits that have not been reduced in strength because time has done that for you. The silky texture from the exceptional oak of the Le Pin casks give this an extra ethereal dimension.
Finish: This spirit is reduced in strength naturally over four decades, thus the warmth that we encounter. Superb length, great persistence, that never-ending reminder of a more innocent age. This is a fabulous “piece de resistance”.
Mood: Self-indulgent. Solitude. Late night, home, secure. Sigh with pleasure and cry with joy that you have experienced a truly unique spirit and tell the world “I have tasted with the Gods”.
Serge Valentin (89)
A vatting of old Bruichladdichs from the 1960s and early 1970s, finished in almost-garage Pomerol Le Pin (very expensive - €2921.52+ a bottle of 2005 but if you buy 6, Berry Bros will let you save €1871.97 ;-) ). Surprisingly, no Scot ever tells you the vintage when one-fill-only ex-wine barrels are used. Colour: pale amber. Nose: this one is very different from the Mayflower, much more ‘Bruichladdich’ as we know it that is to say fresher, more ‘coastal’ and with more fresh fruits such as melons and peaches as well as hints of pine resin this time. Yet, there are some similarities such as these notes of old wine that may come from the Le Pin casks and these faint whiffs of wood smoke. No ‘winey’ notes, though, rather a globally very elegant and finely honeyed nose. Very complex! Hints of marshmallows and liquorice allsorts coming through after 15 minutes. Merlot!? Mouth: there’s more wood in the attack, with a greenness (strong green tea, cinnamon), some mint and even notes of cough syrup but unexpectedly, it’s the fruity part that takes over whereas it’s usually the opposite that happens. Melon compote, tinned peaches, light honey, Turkish delights and wine-poached pears. Then the tannins come back, together with a lot of cinnamon and white pepper. Finish: rather long, with a lot of cinnamon once again. Peppermint in the aftertaste. Comments: a totally wonderful nose and a palate that’s a tad oakier, no wonder at such old age.