Bruichladdich classic: An ongoing series; A journey rather than a destination. One that seeks to explore and express the definitive Bruichladdich style - An insight into the heart and soul of the classic spirit. Created on Islay and bottled in 2009.
Bruichladdich (pronounced Broo-ik-LADdie) is found on the North shore of Loch Indaal, Islay. The distillery looks across the water at Bowmore distillery. It used to be the most westerly distillery in Scotland until Kilchoman was built in 2005. Bruichladdich was constructed in 1881 by Robert William and John Gourlay Harvey. The Harvey family remained the owners until the distillery was mothballed in 1929. The distillery reopened in 1936. Bruichladdich is currently owned by Remy Cointreau. The distillery gets it water from a spring on the Octmore farm. It has two wash stills and two spirit stills, and produces 1,500,000 litres a year. House Style: Light to medium, firm, hint of passion fruit, salty. Very drinkable. Apertif.
Nose: Firstly, the crispness of malted barley, then soft fruits rise gently giving aromas of pears in syrup, papaya and honeydew melon, almost like jellybeans eventually. Mellow oaky sweetness from the bourbon barrels arrives a little later with notes of vanilla pods, flapjacks and, of course, the slight drift of mellow bourbon.
Palate: Beautiful silkiness that caresses and stimulates the palate. The flavours mirror the aromatics completely with an almost syrup-like texture. A delicious harmony and gentle warmth that reflects the personality of the people who made it.
Finish: The influence of the sea evolves as citrus lemon and lime bringing fantastic freshness. The taste lingers long and it is the mellowness of the oak that is the last to leave, fading gently like a sunset on Islay’s west coast.
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