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Bruichladdich 34 Year Old Legacy 6

Average score from 2 reviews and 2 ratings 69

Bruichladdich 34 Year Old Legacy 6

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  • Brand: Bruichladdich
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 41.0%
  • Age: 34 year old

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Bruichladdich 34 Year Old Legacy 6

After getting a comment on the last review I did on this bottling of Bruichladdich, I figured I might have to go back and maybe do it a bit more justice. Coming back upon my notes to review what I wrote last time I noticed at the very end I posted for myself a small annotation saying revisit. I completely forgot the last review was rushed being I had to finish it in a less time consuming manner (As much as I would like to take my time with every whisk(e)y).

N:Spicy with toffee powering through. Cinammon and nutmeg are evolving in the glass along with a wheat note. The spices combine with a fruity medley, apple, pears, tangerines and a lightly bitter dark chocolate note. Semi-sweet brown sugar, progressively sweeter and apple tart. Pleasant citrus slowly forms into more fruit resembling poached pears.

B:A thick lip with closely collected medium to large beads forms. The legs are medium in size and fall slowly. The colour is a rich gold.

T:Slight spiciness starts and soon forms into baked apple desert. Cinammon, brown sugar caramelized and lightly toasted apple bits. There is a slight burnt feel on the back of the palate. More touches of tangerines and syrupy pears, with a honey buffer before the toffe strikes again. Nice and buttery but still could use more of a body as it feels very light on the palate.

F:Clean to start with another trace of toffee. The toffee becomes burnt/toasted though it is still pleasant, with lightly toasted pears and reoccuring brown sugar. Honey touches up at the end with an almond paste.

So after looking over my last notes I was quite shocked. I am not aware of what has changed or what might have happened so I believe it should be chalked up to a goof. These reviews are both fairly varying, but I enjoyed it the second time around. I still have problems with it though in consideration that I feel you are paying a premium for exclusivity and age. The whisky in its own is nice, but is it really worth 380 dollars? If it came down to an evaluation without cost efficiency, I would call this a 73-75. The actual "price included" rating can be found below. Thanks for reading this long winded story!

The ratings discussion is just about establishing a "common language" with the rating system. Otherwise readers will often have to put in a huge amount of work just to interpret ratings. Before the system overhaul I wanted to rate some whiskies "3" or "4", but have changed that to fit a different convention. The so-called "professional" standard or scale for ratings in use is still somewhat variable. Most use a scale I would describe as similar to that used by Michael Jackson, and there are almost never "96" or even "92" rated whiskies. Using this scale, almost everything gets 70s and 80s. Others use something closer to Jim Murray's Whiskey Bibles, which rate a lot of whiskies from 88 to 96. Personally I like neither scale very much, but I am willing to speak a common language because I see the desirability to do so. So, given that choice, I prefer to rate more similarly to Murray, because, while there are no "100" whiskies for me, there are a few that I consider truly transcendent, and on which I cannot imagine any improvement. On the other hand, I do still think that ri(1), for example, deserves a "4". This ratings convention is really just like obeying traffic signals: it makes everyones life easier.

More ramblings ... Well after another quick review of all these thoughful and insightful comments, I see two areas of committee convergence and persuasion: 1) we are stating that Bruichladdich 34 is a good whisky, and hence it should receive a decent score, and 2) we are mandating that you should review the whisky a certain way, and maintain scoring standards.

But again we have to remember that Connosr is designed to be a social site, made up of mostly novices and at best, amateurs ... experts are minorty members, and it is actually their scores that may not represent the majority. Furthermore, since we actually do have mandatory scoring (sorry, I was wrong about that ... thanks Connosr for the correction), the scores will be even more divergent, and all over the map ... we may be saying that we prefer an unrealistic or uncredible score, instead of no score at all.

I have actually seen a very good bottle (in most opinions) get a low score, because the member was new to whisky, and new to Connosr, and didn't like the smokiness. But there is nothing in Connosr to prevent that, and so it must be expected and accepted. We might come to realize that the scores include a substantial component of what novices and amateurs like, and a component of uncertainty and ignorance (especially if we have mandatory scoring), and maybe even a statement of the quality of the whisky :)

So enjoy Connosr for what it can and does offer: a forum for developing a hobby, and a gathering place for partners in crime. This is not a place where we earn our living, but a place where we spend our earnings. But as with any gathering over coffee, donuts or spirits, be prepared to receive rebuttals, and to explain your position, and to offer clarification to those you might have confused. And there may be some truth in the thought that helpfulness to others can be amplified by a bit of thoughtfulness and consideration in reviews and comments.

Sheeesh! I can see the rebuttals coming ... after all that, I need a dram of something I really like, whether it is good whisky or not :)


N:It starts off pleasantly on toffee and soft vanilla. Peaches follow up but are slightly unripe and followed by a spiceiness pushing to be noticed. A buttery fruit medley with mild oak notes showing up. Syrupy apricot with a smooth nutty scent preface a dash of cinnamon. So far the nose is creamy and full of interest. B:Thick legs form on non-existant beads (very thick oil lip). The colour appears to be an off dark gold. T:Raw sugarcane and a hint of pineapple show up. Tropical fruit with soft spicy notes keeping up with the others. Brown sugar hangs on the sidelines, moving towards the more prominent notes. Orange peels are there to but hard to notice with a little bit of sulphur for a short period of time. The body is weak and thin on the palate which seems to be indicated on the nose. F:More sulphur notes with burnt vanilla, tar and more citrus. Light tropical fruit with a slightly bitter form of butterscotch. The finish is short than expected and is wispy/weak.

I have my qualms with this particular whisky due to it's price and inability to stride where an ultra premium whisky should. I may have to come back to this but for now it will sport a black mark in my book.

Young Upstart - Not sure I can agree with this assessment having tasted this whisky several times:

JOHN HANSELL Bruichladdich Legacy 6, 34 year old, 41%, $550The sixth and last bottling from the Legacy series. Legacy 6 is a marriage of six casks from 1965, 1970, and 1972. Soft and mellow on the nose and palate, with unbelievably restrained oak for such a mature whisky. Delicious notes of coconut, soothing vanilla, caramel custard, and banana cream, peppered with spice notes of cinnamon, mint, and teaberry that emerges on a soft finish that fades out gently. A fitting end to the Legacy series. I’m sad to see them go. Rating: 94

whatdoesjohnknow.com/2007/12/… which gives this whisky a 94 rating

53/100 is a pretty low score for any whisky - goes to show how subjective review scores are.

@Laddie probably worth bearing in mind that @youngupstart does tend to score on the low side for a good number of whiskies so his 53 here may not be as bad as a 53 from John Hansell! See this link: connosr.com/members/youngupstart/…. Welcome to Connosr by the way!

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