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The second miniature of my Tasting Pack is the Bruichladdich Rocks, the 2008 version.
The nose of the Rocks is fairly sweet without really being sweet. You follow? I get some apricots and vanilla and leather, albeit less than on the Waves. No farmy notes here, but something that reminds me of aspirin. Or an effervescent tablet. Weird, but it works. After a few moments, some stable scents do appear and it suddenly turns quite creamy. Nice.
Darn! The first thing that hits the tastebuds is a big floral note, almost perfume! Even worse than on the Waves. Luckily there is enough fruit and spices to mask this. The fruit is bigger than the nose let on. Think apples, apricots, raspberries and a bit of grapefruit. Midpalate it turns oaky bitter.
The finish is short to medium long, just like the Waves, but with more liquorice at the death. It leaves your mouth dry.
Nice nose, but on the palate, the floral element is just too big. I do not expect this from Bruichladdich.