Highlight of my day!! Vertical tasting of Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1 (23 Years Old), 5.1 (24 Year Old) and the spanking new 6.1 (26 Year Old)
I’m not so big on age but I do much much prefer the 5.1 and 6.1 a lot more than I do the 4.1.
Especially love the way new BA6’s almost slowly creep to fill your mouth with flavour, to end in a mini explosion of flavours in the back palate. So so yum.
Bruichladdich Links Valhalla 15 Year Old $350.00
Bruichladdich Links is a series of Limited Edition bottlings chosen by Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich’s Master Distiller.
The Links series associates this superb Single Malt Whisky with the art of Graeme Baxter, the world’s leading Golf Artist.
Bruichladdich Links Valhalla USA is the tenth in the series celebrating Scotlands two principle passions.
The Bruichladdich Links first appeared in 2003. Each release limited to less than 18,000 numbered bottles primarily for collectors.
There were eleven to the set: Augusta, St Andrews, Troon, Turnberry, Hoylake, K Club, Carnoustie, Torrey Pines, Birkdale, Valhalla, Vancouver Club.
Available now thedustybottle.com.au
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Bruichladdich 16 Cuvee F, Pomerol, 46% abv.
In 2008, Laddie released their "The Bordeaux First Growth Series" which is based on a common theme of having laddie 16 year old bourbon barrel juice finish in barrels that previously held wine from the Great Châteaus for about 12 to 20 months depending on who you ask. The Great Châteaus are also known as First Growth, which is the highest rank of French wines in a system initiated by Emperor Napoléon. However, it is not clear how long the barrels held the wine. Moreover, some people say its unpeated distillate while a few others say its peated to 3 ppm, which is virtually unpeated. Interestingly, Cuvee F has laddie juice finished in Château Lafleur barrels, which is not "officially" considered one of the Great Châteaus/First Growth, but is widely considered to be excellent!
Nose: vanilla, some fruit, raisins, dates, mesquite bbq, limes, interestingly my friend said it was more sweeter, less sour, and less thicker than Bruichladdich Cuvee a D, which had a Haut-Brion finish.
Palate: initial palate is spicey, mid palate is wood, viney, wood. More fruit vines compared to previous Bruichladdich First Growth, back palate has some smoke, toast, more old steamed lotus leaves than other First Growth, light wood.
Finish: short, a little dry, mostly vines and wood.
This one is mostly vines, not as strong as other whiskies, but has a typical profile akin to what I would consider a wine finished whisky. Funny thing is, after trying all the Bruichladdich 16 First Growth, I couldn't really say or uniquely distinguish the influences of the different wine houses. To be honest, many wine barrel finished or matured whiskies don't seem special imho.
Whiskyfun.com, Serge, sgp:471, 81 points
Bruichladdich 16 Cuvee E, Sauternes, 46% abv.
In 2008, Laddie released their "The Bordeaux First Growth Series" which is based on a common theme of having laddie 16 year old bourbon barrel juice finish in barrels that previously held wine from the Great Châteaus for about 12 to 20 months depending on who you ask. The Great Châteaus are also known as First Growth, which is the highest rank of French wines in a system initiated by Emperor Napoléon. However, it is not clear how long the barrels held the wine. Moreover, some people say its unpeated distillate while a few others say its peated to 3 ppm, which is virtually unpeated. Cuvee E has laddie juice finished in Château d'Yquem barrels, which interestingly enough, was not one of the great Châteaus until recent history, the list used to be all red wines, Bourdeauxes to be exact (Cuvees A-D). Also interesting to note are the frequency of the historical d'Yquem auction prices relative to the Bordeauxes.
Nose: strong coconut, vanilla, dried grape skin, much stronger than the other wine cask finished Bruichladdichs.
Palate: cool, initial palate is smooth, mid palate is mostly old wood, old herbs, earthy, slightly viney, wine or sherry flavors, back palate has a lot of vine, dried grapes, hints of lotus leaves at the end.
Finish: short, viney, dried fruit.
Dry glass: wax.
This is one where the nose was grades better than the taste. Didn't seem to deliver in terms of flavor, or it was just a collection of flavors I'm not too keen on. Interestingly, this bottling did not have the weird sour-like flavors I typicaly found in Sauternes influenced whiskies. However, I think I sense the quality, just not the flavors and finish.
Whiskyfun.com, Serge, sgp:561, 85 points
Malt maniacs, 81 points on 3 reviews