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Bruichladdich 16 Year Old Bourbon Cask

The American Influence

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@mr_phillipReview by @mr_phillip

13th Nov 2009


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Bruichladdich and bourbon is so obviously such a wonderfully synergistic combination that it makes you question why, given their passion for cask enhancement, the boys from the Rinns haven't made more of their spirit's obvious love of American oak in the past.

This 16 year old spends most of its life maturing in former Jim Beam casks, before being finished in premium Buffalo Trace oak. The result is a thick, syrupy expression bursting with fruit, cream and vanilla. There's just enough spice and complexity on the palate to protect the experience from one-note simplicity, while the finish is sweet, fresh and long, with just a hint of new-mowed grass and sea air.

A delightful 'Laddie that's easy-drinking, unashamedly pleasing and decidedly morish.

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jdcook commented

This malt sound truly excellent. Nice review!

13 years ago 0

JasonH commented

Sounds really nice. Haven't seen that bottling in these parts but I'll keep an eye out. Recently finished a bottle of the 1993 14YR Sassicaia barrels. Seemed to lack something. It seemed to be missing some fruit. Not sure the French oak worked here.

13 years ago 0

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