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I've not encountered many whiskies like this Bruichladdich, if any. On those nose it is quite sweet and very salty. Right away the salty/maritime notes grab your attention. Creamy vanilla, hints of lemon, all drenched in ocean brine. Underneath there is somethig slightly sweaty and sour, not enough to spoil it but enough to make you go, "Hmmm."
In the mouth it hits you with a massive surge of malty sweetness, very big and bold with an oily, full texture. Then the salt kicks in, and with it is a flavour I would swear is peat, though the bottle says it is unpeated. However there is no mistaking that this is an Islay whisky. It may not have the smoke and iodine but something about it's character gives it away.
The finish is long with a salty, peaty tang. Overall this is a sensational whisky that stands apart from pretty well everything else I've tried. Old Pulteny is the only other malt I can think of that combines sweet and salty like this, but this is much bigger on the tongue. So much better than the lacklustre Resurrection bottling I had a while back.