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Bruichladdich's Islay Barley is a 2007 vintage whisky made from barley harvested in 2006 at Rockside Farm on Islay. This is trickle distilled in the Bruichladdich style, to keep as much of the delicate flavours of the whisky as possible.Tasting Notes (1)
Tasting Notes by Stuart P
Fresh, fruit notes of orange peel with a touch of minerality. Then creaminess comes in, with lemon-meringue-pie aromas.
Very fresh on the palate, with subtle citrus notes, then the rich creaminess takes over. Despite the high ABV, adding water isn’t necessary here.
Tingling saltiness balances well with the rich, creamy notes.
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This dram is the whole picnic basket. I feel like yogi bear. Clean citrus throughout. Bread notes. Creamy. Orange peel in the nose. A fantastic dram. What an experience. Adding it to my whisky vault.
Lively flavorful accessible easy sipping. Maybe not for "serious" single malt drinkers but everyone else will enjoy
I bought this about 2 hours ago on the way home from work and am most of the way through my first 1/2 gill from a Burgunder. My mouth has 'settled in' to it by now- my palate was a bit shocked by the first tasting- so the secondary flavours are beginning to come through. First things first, this is about 7 years old. This is crucial information for assessing the quality of a whisky and in future I very much hope that Mr Mcewan and Co. will have enough faith in their customer-base to print an age statement on the bottle, however young it might be. Since the new owners took over they have been forced to go down the "LV" route and ditch the age statement until nature works its magic on other casks which surely must have been set aside. Certainly most good will is likely to evaporate if older options do not appear in due course. This does taste young, but the healthy wallop of ABV compensates for this somewhat, the dram being active and light but by no means boring, due in large part to its 'oomph'. Five minutes after my last sip, I can taste apple strudel with a hint of....let me refresh...... lemony leather and a hint of basil. The first impression is bold and brash but with substance behind it, like a 22 year old who knows he's being allowed to be controversial but won't push it so far he won't be invited back to the country club. The most salient aspect of this dram for confirmed maltmen is "promise". I hope very much to be drinking some exceptional whiskies from Bruichladdich in ten years or so. Very drinkable, Rockside would work best as the sorbet course sandwiched between a few older drams and would be an extrmely educational experience to those used to "Deluxe" blends which try so hard not to offend. There are enough flavours in this young pretender to suggest 'significance' in later life and more importantly, enough going on right now to be worth buying. My star rating is based on the fact that this is a very young single malt.
Lovely tingling taste - without ice quite powerful but offering citrusy flavors- a special tasting scotch
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