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3 New Bruichladdich Micro Provenance Bottlings — Dramming
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3 New Bruichladdich Micro Provenance Bottlings

by Oliver Klimek on September 7, 2015

I don’t usually participate in online whisky tastings on Twitter, but on rare occasions I’ll make an exception. Last week Bruichladdich presented three new bottlings from their Cask Evolution Exploration series and sent out samples for the tasting. The whiskies were tasted blind, their identity was revealed after the tasting. Here are my findings in the order of tasting:

Cask 149

2005 organic chalice barley, “fresh bourbon” – 63.6%


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Bright gold
Nose: Fresh orange, lemon zest, light honey, vanilla, polished wood, hints of pepper .
Palate: Mild citrus notes, vanilla, hints of bubblegum, nutmeg and pepper.
Finish: Medium long, fruity and spicy.
Overall: After a while this develops a very nice nose. The palate needs a lot of water to open up but still does not convince me, the finish could be longer too.

Rating: 78/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

Cask 60

9 yo quadruple distilled first fill bourbon – 64%


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Dark straw
Nose: Gooseberries, kiwi, vanilla, hints of mint, overall a very “green” character.
Palate: More gooseberries, green apples, hints of cinnamon, candied ginger.
Finish: Long, fruity and slightly spicy.
Overall: This young whisky has a very nice green fruit character and is suprisingly flavourful given the quadruple distilation.

Rating: 85/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

Cask 48

23 yo first fill bourbon – 52%


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Bright gold
Nose: Stewed apples, toasted nuts, lemon zest, hints of vanilla, white pepper.
Palate: Apple pie, walnuts, thick custard, a little hint of cheese, coriander seeds and pepper .
Finish: Long, fruity and slightly spicy.
Overall: The higher age is quite obvious here compared to the two other whiskies. It is rounder and more complex, a very pleasant whisky with well-balanced flavours. It does not really need water.

Rating: 85/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

Summary

This was a very interesting tasting, especially because of the fact that it was done blind. The two young whiskies did not try to hide their age, though. I was a bit disappointed with the Organic Barley, even though it was liked by many other participants. But I could not find very interesting flavours here.

The big surprise of the tasting was the X4+9. Despite being quadruple distilled this whisky packed the biggest flavour punch of the bunch. I liked the succulent green fruit aromas so much that I almost preferred it over the 23 year old which was a very solid single malt but did not have any particular qualities that made it stand out.

 


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