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Bruichladdich 17 Year Old Rum Cask

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Bruichladdich 17 Year Old Rum Cask

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Bruichladdich 17 Year Old Rum Cask

Demerera Rum Cask finish: I think that there is a good deal of misunderstanding about this Rum and the fact that it is a Golden Rum and NOT a Dark Rum! The colour of the Whisky replicates Demerera Rum rather pricisley ...Golden. It is a good match for the Gayana Rum Enmore in colour. Enmore Distillery used a selection of superb casks, notably Chateau Latour supreme quality French Oak casks, some of which I suspect found their way to Islay via Berry Bros and Rudd, who coincidently bottled a superb Enmore Rum at 19yrs.from finest French Oak at or about this time. This would account for the fact that The Bruchladdich Rum Cask exhibits all the characteristics of these casks:

Nose: A most attractive nose of Demerera enhansed spirit and gentle oak with very much understated vanilla tones. This is a subtle, sophisticated, bewitching, even, nose that is inviting indeed. I see no peat at all at this stage.

Palate: An Oaken grip, dry and assertive, again the Rum influence with molasses and smoke (from the Rum?) and a delicious undercurrent of sweet maltiness. I'm looking for Islay and not finding any: No peat, no Iodine, no lowtide medicinals but in their place sweet maltiness and a firm oak. There is an overcoat of fine ground white pepper which while being attractive is none too subtle and shades of ginger and perhaps Cinnamon which is a brilliant touch.

Finish: A long finish superbly intergrated with all the characters and beautifully balanced flavours in a glorious finale and encore which dries very firmly - Old un-charred oak firmness which is puckering and not, I would think for the faint- hearted.

To use a young person's description, "This Whisky certainly has bloody attitude!" (One of my offspring); it is assertive!

Score: 95/100.

The longer this is in the glass the more the pepper recedes as a Golden Syrup swirl laces itself through the palate and is probably worth another point. Marvelous

Thanks for a nice review. Quite interesting sounding whisky. It certainly makes me want a taste. Even the packaging says "rum!". I think that there is a sort of balance and stability that older rums usually have which works well for malt whisky finish maturation.


Colour is pretty light for what is expected to be a very dark Guyanese rum cask.

Nose is very rich and sweet. Reminds of sugar cane honey from Madeira or mead.

Fairly rich, and coating as it is swallowed. Quite spicy from the oak it spent most of its life in and not much affect left from the scotch. Most of the rum affect is left in the nose and not on the palette.


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.

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).

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? :)

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