This private cask was selected by 5 Dutch friend, but in the end is an homage to Ronald Janssen who unfortunately passed away before the bottling took place. It’s a 10 years old Laddie that matured on a rivesaltes cask. This is a French dessert wine from Rousillon, west of the Mediterranean Sea, close to Narbonne and Perpignon. This Bruichladdich has an ABV of no less than 60.1%.
You can detect the wine on the nose from the very first moment. The typical traits of Bruichladdich – earthy notes and stable scent, upholstered with buttermilk and mushrooms – are easily swept up by an intense sweetness of candied fruit. All the way in the back is a bittersweet note as if from grapefruit or grape pith. A soft sour touch is present but hard to pinpoint. The only thing I know for sure is that this nose is very good indeed.
It comes as no surprise that the arrival is a kick to the teeth. One the one hand I get the somewhat dirty notes of Bruichladdich, on the other an intense sweet fruitiness of baked apples, peach and grapefruit. Reminds me a bit of a fruit stew, but with quite a helping of pepper in the mix. Sweet and sour towards the end.
The finish is medium long and the dessert wine lets itself be known once more with a sour note.
A veritable enjoy-whisky that requires your undivided attention. Thanks, Manny.