Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée F Pomerol Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The oak is evident through out, but it’s in the comforting form of mellow vanilla with a sprinkle of pepper and match sticks.  There is a vague muskiness in the background with the wine fruits faintly popping out, seductive but sedated. Palate & Finish: Figs and prunes…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée E Sauternes Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Wild violet with a calming oak veil, well decorated with a lemony presence, and just underneath the peels lies an apple cider note that conveys a natural sweetness.  Some mangos and apricots in the background reintroducing the bright sugary fruitiness and is complimented by a gentle creaminess.…

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Dram Review: Bruichladdich The Bordeaux First Growth Series Cuvée D Pessac-Léognan Aged 16 Years

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose is restrained with the wine influence uncharacteristically held back and thus setting the tone a bit low.  There are some dry and vegetative notes initially, but in time notes of ginger, gun powder and cotton candy surface even though the dark fruits still fell suppressed.…

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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…

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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…

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

[46.0%・16 Years Old・Bottled in 2008・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The tone is set a bit low with the musk, some apple fragrances and pitted cherries.   There is a vague incense note in the background, almost like smoke from paper burning.  As time passes, the charred cask notes surface. Palate & Finish: Apple vinegar with an…

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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,…

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Whisky Review: Octomore Edition 07.2

Style: Smoky and Peaty Nose: Started with an intriguing mix of aroma – French dessert wine, vanilla milk, herbal peat, smoke, damp forest wood, spice and raspberries. Scent swirled and entwined together in a rather gentle fashion. Spice a bit sharp fresh from the pour, but it significantly opened up after 15 minutes of breathing.…

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Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2009

Style: Floral and Fruity Nose: Bank of yellow flowers wavering with the fragrance of stewed tropical fruits. Bright aroma but also slightly tight. Dry black peppercorns, a faint touch of brine. White oak coated with vanilla beans praline. Feeling a bit of density on the nose, a pretty floral-fruit scent. Palate: The bright mood continues…

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