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Bruichladdich is known for its huge amount of expressions on the market. It’s hard to keep up. The reason is the fact that the distillery from Islay has no blending contract (which is the reason of excistence of many distilleries indeed). Jim McEwan and his gang survive by launching loads of expressions.
This 17 Year Old Rum cask has a nice packaging, but what will the contents be like, I wonder? After 15 years in oak barrels, this whisky got a two-year finish in rum casks.
The nose is not as sweet as the ‘regular’ XVII (17 Year Old), with some linseed and grassy notes. It also needs quite a bit of time to ‘show’ itself (but we have loads of time, right?). I also discovered something soury, but cannot put the finger to it. Is that vinegar? Good thing it’s not dominant. Sweetness dominates.
Palate: extremely creamy, almost butter-like. The dram is slightly spicy with cinnamon and white pepper. The whole remains very sweet, though. Good stuff!
The finish is spicy and lasts very long indeed.
The influence of the rum cask is rather minimal, I think. Maybe that’s not a bad thing. I do prefer the regular XVII though. Much better nose on that one.