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Bruichladdich 10 Year Old 2008 Private Cask Bottling


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

10th May 2020


Bruichladdich 10 Year Old 2008 Private Cask Bottling
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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.

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