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Kicking off my first Connosr Review with this fine Islay specimen.
Nose: Fresh but delicate. Syrupy, pine, light briny note, honey, vanilla and pancakes! Icing sugar (on a freshly baked cake) Floral (wild, meadow flowers). I am amazed by the complexity and ever changing layers of the nose. Lots of fruits: peaches, melon and overripe bananas. Always present a complex fruit hybrid, that combines all the mentioned ones, with lots of unidentifiable ones. Let's just call it the Bruichladdich fruit. Most dominant are the citrus notes. McEwan often mentions these as a result of the maturation by the sea, and strangely it does very often go along with the saltiness.
Palate: Creamy/oily and full. Citrus, vegetal, vanilla, honey. Spicy oak, huge malt, bread, butter biscuit. There is almost always a sea salt flavour, but never on it's own, it kind of binds in with all the other notes.
Finish: Long, malty, bitter-sweet. Cereal, earthy mineral peat.
Yes, I also found some peat. It was always intriguing to read about the different theories on the peatyness of this dram. My favourite is the one where supposedly 2 barrels of Port Charlotte were mistakenly added to the vatting. I just love this stuff, and if its just not a whisky tasting day, even just smelling it out of the bottle can really satisfy. Just to bad that it is almost extinct and the new core-range just can't live up to it. Hopefully one day!