Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée B Pauillac Aged 16 Years Pauillac Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 12,000 Bottles]

Nose:

The nose starts off creamy with the buttery toffee note, though much softer than the usual upfront fragrances of wine casks.  There is a hint of slightly burnt toast from the base, and as the nose unfolds it becomes apparent that the dram is actually quite malty and yeasty in spite of the cask finish.  It’s only under the surface that the slight gingery note can be found with the fine layer of crushed blackberries.

Palate & Finish:

The palate tells a completely different story.  A mellow but full bodied delivery showcasing gorgeous dark fruits.  The syrupy texture is elongated with seamless introductions of dark red grapes, figs and prunes.  Fine tannins bringing about dark chocolate as the delivery transitions to a tenderly drying finish of spearmint, black licorice and ripe red apples.

Thoughts:

The ACE’ing here elevated the traditional notes of the Laddie spirit, on this occasion it added a layer of elegance to the dram, not exactly slabbing on big fragrant characters but really integrating the silky wine characters to the base notes the whisky attained during its formative years.

I can’t really explain why the double maturation works here but not for Cuvée A, stylistically they are very different..  I wouldn’t necessarily chalk it down to the wines (In any case I haven’t had the pleasure of trying either) though comparisons are inevitable, the Châteaux were listed after all..

-Nicholas