An Australian-exclusive single cask from Islay's Bruichladdich as part of their Micro-Provenance series.
Some of the rarest Bruichladdich releases, there are just a handful of these Micro-Provenance releases each year globally and this has been bottled by Australian co-op Barrel & Batch.
This was distilled 31 May 2010 from unpeated organic appaloosa barley. Matured in first-fill bourbon cask #1189 it was bottled 1 June 2021 as an 11-year-and-one-day-old.
At cask strength 59.2% with 258 bottles in the run. The Oak Barrel is very lucky to have received a small allocation of this release.
Oak Barrel Thoughts:
This is a big, pure Bruichladdich. Fat and creamy on entry with a freshness than turns into floral notes. A bit of spice on the back palate that subdues with a drop or two of water, but a whisky whos texture you just fall in love with.
Official Tasting Notes by Simon McGoram:
Nose: Clean with pronounced fruity easters - think Wrigley's PK chewing gum, pineapple gummy candy & milk bottles. Toasted marshmallows by the sea side, and a touch of oak char - then vanilla cream drizzled on warm fruit sponge cake.
Palate: Initially dry before an explosion of juicy fruit chews, followed by warm cinnamon scrolls smeared with salted-whipped-maple butter. Mouth filling and velvety texture is cut through by spicy oak.
Finish: Banana Starburst chewed simultaneously with a stick of Big Red. Long and complex. The addition of water increases this fansicating duality of fruity sweetness and char/spicy oak.
Barrel & Batch is an Australia whisky co-op that sources single cask and rare whiskies from all over the country including Scotland, American and Australia. The limited release whiskies are offered to members of the co-op, but here at The Oak Barrel we’re lucky enough to get our hands on a small number of the odd release.
Bruichladdich, by their own admission and ours, are one of Scotland's most progressive distilleries. They produce three distinct types of spirit at the distillery, the heavily peated Port Charlotte and Octomore lines as well as this, the unpeated namesake.
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