Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Distillery Micro-Provenance Series Single Cask 1992 Aged 25 Years Exclusively Bottled for Hong Kong International Airport Duty Zero by CDF

Style: Sweet and Creamy

Nose:

Vanilla ice cream cake sided with cranberry and rhubarb sorbet. More summer berries, coconut milk and digestive biscuits insulating a layer of refreshing peppermint. Somehow this reminds me of the Redder Still, interesting… A touch of white chocolate, just the right amount of ginger shreds, sweet pineapple, while custard taking in some deeper oak towards the end.

Palate:

Glazed pineapple shining at the forefront followed by cranberries, pomegranate, Goji berries, ruby grapes and taking a hint of liquorice to give a secondary level of sweetness. A big vanilla wave smashes in and engulfed the fruitiness. Coconut oil mixing with custard, barley and walnut oak placed right underneath to the end.

Finish:

Barley and oak showing quite a bit of dryness, sided with faint cranberry notes.

Thoughts:

In many ways this reminds me of the legendary Redder Still, well, maybe not as good, but the style is quite similar. Positive wine-influenced red fruits with rich vanilla notes injecting plenty of texture and oiliness. Personally, I quite enjoyed the synergy between wine and bourbon elements in Bruichladdich – Sweet, luscious and creamy while there is some freshness built into the spirit, not many Laddies catch my eyes but this is certainly an enjoyable drop.

☆ [Recommended]

[49.5% | Original Bottling | Single Cask | 1992 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Cask Strength | Cask Number: 16/159-1 | 76 of 264 Bottles | Barley type: Optic | *]

-Esmond