Review 2017-004 «Specifics» Single malt • Triple distilled from 100% Scottish barley • Bottled in 2016 • 50% Alcohol • Matured for 10 years in sherry, bourbon and French syrah wine casks • Non-chill filtered • Natural coloured • Bruichladdich (owned by Rémy Cointreau) • Rhinns of Islay • Scotland • Limited availability (18,000 bottles) • Still available (price ±€60) • Whiskybase #86884
STORY. The second edition of their success formula from 2011 and this time the backbone is formed by a combination of bourbon, sherry and French wine casks. It followed shortly after the also non-peated Laddie Eight (only released for global travel retail), which was only matured in virgin oak. I feel a comparison coming up…
APPEARANCE. Modern and transparent design, colour of the contents is light reddish brown and has retained its natural colour.
NOSE. This feels fuller and more mature compared to the Eight. There are fruits, in particular cherries, most likely it is the wine finish that comes through. I find that it has a nice balance between the different cask finishes. However, the strength shows itself and water is definitely recommended in my opinion. (water) Lovely, opens up with sweet fruits (all kinds of berries), barley sugars, more fruits (including red grapes). Then the oloroso shows with notes of raisins. The aromas do not remain for long though and the nose becomes a bit varnishy and sharp after a while.
TASTE. Again it feels more mature and more balance has been achieved. There are some floral notes (roses) and ripe fruits. The bourbon and sherry cask influenced can clearly be noticed. (water) Sweets, all sorts of, and apricots are coming up, but the different sides still do not completely integrate. Then there are more yellow fruits, cinnamon, raisins and barley. The finish is all sweet and wine-y, and quite short and a strong influence of the Syrah red wine casks is present.
VERDICT. Good 10-year-old version (again) of from Bruichladdich. I definitely prefer it to the Laddie Eight, because of its better balance and maturity. On the backside, the casks clash somewhat in the nose and palate, it seems no perfect integration was reached. Finish is also a bit too short. Still very enjoyable though.
Recommended for the ones that want to experience a nice Bruichladdich.
Sample purchased from Whiskysite.nl.
What others say
- @Whiskybase: Mean score of 85.69 (63 votes)
- @Wordsofwhisky.nl: “This is certainly not a dime a dozen. Maybe even a tad difficult” Score: 86/100
- Ruben @Whiskynotes.be: “Creamy, sweet, with a good dose of oak spices and honey” Score: 86/100
- @Maltklaus.net: “I personally appreciate the layers and the complexity this whisky provides” Score: 87/100
- @Malt-review.com: “Would it be a crime to say I preferred the Laddie Eight to this?”