Bruichladdich 34 Year old Legacy 6
14th Apr 2011
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Tasting Notes by Youngupstart
After getting a comment on the last review I did on this bottling of Bruichladdich, I figured I might have to go back and maybe do it a bit more justice. Coming back upon my notes to review what I wrote last time I noticed at the very end I posted for myself a small annotation saying revisit. I completely forgot the last review was rushed being I had to finish it in a less time consuming manner (As much as I would like to take my time with every whisk(e)y).
N:Spicy with toffee powering through. Cinammon and nutmeg are evolving in the glass along with a wheat note. The spices combine with a fruity medley, apple, pears, tangerines and a lightly bitter dark chocolate note. Semi-sweet brown sugar, progressively sweeter and apple tart. Pleasant citrus slowly forms into more fruit resembling poached pears.
B:A thick lip with closely collected medium to large beads forms. The legs are medium in size and fall slowly. The colour is a rich gold.
T:Slight spiciness starts and soon forms into baked apple desert. Cinammon, brown sugar caramelized and lightly toasted apple bits. There is a slight burnt feel on the back of the palate. More touches of tangerines and syrupy pears, with a honey buffer before the toffe strikes again. Nice and buttery but still could use more of a body as it feels very light on the palate.
F:Clean to start with another trace of toffee. The toffee becomes burnt/toasted though it is still pleasant, with lightly toasted pears and reoccuring brown sugar. Honey touches up at the end with an almond paste.
So after looking over my last notes I was quite shocked. I am not aware of what has changed or what might have happened so I believe it should be chalked up to a goof. These reviews are both fairly varying, but I enjoyed it the second time around. I still have problems with it though in consideration that I feel you are paying a premium for exclusivity and age. The whisky in its own is nice, but is it really worth 380 dollars? If it came down to an evaluation without cost efficiency, I would call this a 73-75. The actual "price included" rating can be found below. Thanks for reading this long winded story!