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This Bruichladdich is something of an enigma. It has matured on oak ex bourbon barrels before having been finished on an ‘assortment of wine barrels’ from Bruichladdich’s warehouse number 12. The enigmatic black packaging did not reveal the contents until I poured it. What the hell? This looks more like a rosé wine than whisky! This is simply… pink!
The first thing I smelled was the red wine – very much so – and that was somewhat weird. Almost a let-down. I do smell sweet stuff like strawberries and grapes, but also sour elements such as wine vinegar. In my eyes (err… nose) this is too much wine and not enough whisky. Even after a few minutes, the sourness is dominant.
After a rich attack (almost all of it red fruits), this one becomes very delicate and generous. It warms the mouth complete and has no need for water, despite the higher ABV. It’s even a little bit too sweet to my taste. Is that cassis syrup? But pretty darn good, nonetheless.
The finish is warm and very long indeed, but too winey to my taste.