Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Redder Still 1984

Style: Sweet and Elegant

Nose:
Ruby pomegranate cascades over melted vanilla ice-cream on the nose. A touch of copper followed by feisty mints piercing through glistening but delicate tropical fruits. The core sits unusually deep inside, coconut sago pudding accompanies the soft chocolate malt.

Palate:
Deep, resonating ruby fruits residing nicely on the palate. Redcurrants, raspberry jelly and cranberry cake celebrating the juicy sweetness with a deft vanilla-caramel creamy touch at the tip. Honey and stewed papaya boiling gently, very delicate and fragrant palate. Quick flick of mineral smoke and perhaps the merest hint of sea salt towards the back. Glazed vanilla oak and white chocolate as we come to close.

Finish:
Gentle oaky tone opens up for vanilla cake while red fruits dance happily on top of it.

Thoughts:
It is a great pleasure for me to dissect one of the most complex sweetness I have ever tasted. A lot of depth has been created by the synergy between the vanillic American oak and red fruits driven French Chateau Lafleur cask. Floral brushes elegantly transmuted to rich red fruitiness, crisp sweetness with a creamy kiss, tantalizing vibe generated from the wine casks but there is sufficient spice injected to make it vibrant. Not only rich and round but also elegant and slick. Although it is not yet a perfect dram to me, the balance it has achieved here is truly remarkable.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[50.4% • 2007 Bottled • 1984 Distilled • Original Bottling • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Limited Edition • 1644 of 4080 Bottles]

-Esmond