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Bruichladdich 17 Year Old Rum Cask

Loads of Brookie, not so much rum

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

7th Jun 2010


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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.

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jeanluc commented

After two years in a rum cask I guess you'd hope to see a bit more influence. Do we know where the rum casks cam from?

I'd be interested to try this.

13 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

Sorry, it was a sample I got from a friend. So I haven't got that much info on it (yet). Will let you know as soon as I acquire the bottle (my friend isn't too fond of this and has asked me to trade for it, which I accepted).

13 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

I've got the bottle now. As promised, I looked up the info. Alas, there is not much to report. On the bottle and tube it merely says 'An exotic bottling, influenced by classic American oak and lush Caribbean rum. These fine casks add a beguiling tropical layer to our classic mature Bruichladdich'. They do have a way with words, don't they? :)

13 years ago 0

RexAlban commented

The whisky spent 15 years in American Bourbon barrels which first held Jim Beam. The Whisky then matured for two further years in rum casks from Guyana's famous Uitvlugt and Enmore Distilleries.

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