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Bruichladdich has a couple of 16 year old casks that they finished on different types of wine casks: Cuvee A on Chateau Lafitte, Cuvee B on Chateau Latour, Cuvee C on Chateau Margaux, Cuvee D on Chateau Haut-Brion, Cuvee E on Chateau d’Yquem and Cuvee F on Chateau Lafleur. Wine finishes, in my opinion, are always a bit tricky. That is why I will limit myself at this time to the Cuvee E, which is said to be the best among them. Chateau d’Yquem means Sauternes, the sweet dessert wine.
I am immediately treated to apples and pears, but also apricots and green banana, on this very sweet nose. Furthermore some great hints of coconut, mandarin and honey. Soft spices, led by cinnamon. After a few moments, some sweet and sour apples are dominating. Fresh and stimulating.
It is very, very soft on the palate. Quite waxy. The coastal elements are present (hints of smoke, sweet peat and a midly salty edge), but the sweetness easily wins. Honey, cinnamon, touch of vanilla but mostly baskets full of little apples.
In the long, drying finish I get some green tea and a bit of pepper.
Pleasant enough, without being great.