Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée C Margaux Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Floral with a buttery undertone, some early French oak notes as the mellow citrus wraps around a wine cask inspired strawberry creaminess.  Slight smoke in the background with an inviting brie cheese note.

Palate & Finish:

Red apples with black cherries and packing some spices.  Dark chocolate with a gummy apple centre.  The juiciness extends with cinnamon and nutmeg entering into the mix before a mild lager note surfaces.

A medium finish with the malt being greeted  by the drying tannins.

Thoughts:

The Cuvée C is quite clearly a wine cask. Though arguably the wine influence only shaped the surface and in fact the presence of the French oak played an equally vital role contributing to a lot of underlying characters.

In spite of its obvious cask influences, in my opinion this would perhaps fare even better if it were more wine-orientated.  The flavours are enticing enough but the dram falls just short of providing that submersing experience some great wine casks offer.

-Nicholas