Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 10y 2011
Islay, The Whisky Cellar, 750 ml
Originally founded in 1881, Bruichladdich has developed an almost cult- like following amongst Islay whisky afficionados for its experimental, innovative and highly collectable bottlings: from a non-peated signature expression to a mid-to-high level peated spirit (Port Charlotte – 30-40 parts per million) and a very heavily peated style (Octomore >100 ppm), the latter not for the faint-hearted. This particular expression was distilled in the ‘Rhinns’ style (at 30 ppm, about the same as Port Charlotte) filled into a sweet white wine barrique from the Jurançon region in France’s South-West. The balance between the earthy bonfire ashy notes and the sweet honey-drizzled stone fruits is stunning. One of the stand out drams of the series! On the nose the aromas remind of: Burning embers on an open beach fire. Sea shore spray, earthy but the sweetness of brown sugar reveals itself. On the palate: A beguiling balance of earthy dry peat, warming spice, dried apricots and honey drizzled ripe fruits running right through it. Finish: Warming, satisfying and incredibly moreish. Smoked salted herbs and yellow stone fruits close on a lingering finish. Au nez, les arômes rappellent : Des braises brûlantes sur un feu de plage ouvert. Des embruns de la mer, de la terre mais la douceur du sucre brun se révèle. En bouche: Un équilibre séduisant de tourbe sèche et terreuse, d'épices chaudes, d'abricots secs et de fruits mûrs arrosés de miel qui le traverse de part en part. Finale: Réchauffante, satisfaisante et incroyablement appétissante. Des herbes salées fumées et des fruits jaunes à noyau se terminent sur une finale persistante.
The Whisky Cellar
The Whisky Cellar was founded in 2017 as an independent Scottish bottler by whisky expert Keith Bonnington
Bonnington, who lives in the heart of Edinburgh, can look back on a career in whisky spanning almost two decades. For over 10 years he was responsible at Edrington for brands such as the Macallan and Highland Park.
Scotland – Wild history, warming whisky
Whiskey, bagpipes, kilts – These are the most famous elements of Scottish culture. It has not been conclusively determined who invented whisky. The Scots and Irish both argue that they invented the “water of life.” Food and drink definitely tops the Scottish export categories. Every second, around 40 bottles of whisky are purchased. So it’s hardly surprising that whisky makes up around 80 percent of total food and drink exports.