Considering the date of this whisky's distillation, I do find the name "renaissance" to be in bad taste, even though it is part of a series. This said, the series (of two) started with this very bottling, and so the second "renaissance" bottling the next year, in 2012, was a moot point, almost like a decoy meant to distract from the audacity of the first.
There's nothing Renaissance-like about 9/11. Does this bottle mark the beginning of a new age, which is supposed to be "golden?" If so, it's the beginning of a dark age, far darker than the so called dark ages, which were full of merriment and relative freedom when compared with today, and plenty of holidays each year.
In the so-called "dark ages" people lived their entire lives mainly in villages and hamlets, surrounded by forests and meadows, with their best friends by their sides, supporting them, week after week.
Even the so-called "tyrannical" kings and queens were far more in touch with their relatively small kingdoms and if they got out of line then they got sacked by the people who knew precisely who to sack, unlike today with propped-up figure heads working for shadowy rulers who lurk behinds the scenes in complete anonymity.
I'm sure Bruichladdich was well aware of the distilling date when the company came up with the title "renaissance."
19.05.2011 is the bottling date. On this night, the moon was far closer to the earth than usual, so much so that it was called a "super moon." There was great occult significance to the date. Some people are paying attention to this sort of thing. What better night to "draw down" the moon for the purposes of making dark alliances with supernatural powers?
Let's not forget that Bruichladdich has openly shown its affinity for "Black Arts." I was raised in a haunted farm house and I can say from experience that the supernatural is nothing to court or make bargains with! No human being can control some of those forces, no matter how much said human prides himself or herself on wielding spells, symbols, trinkets, and other props. That stuff is all best left alone and banished! The price to be paid for collusion with such forces is very high indeed.
Bruichladdich had a golden opportunity to turn this bottling into a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Instead, it did the opposite by calling it "renaissance."
This said, the distillery is no stranger to commemorative bottlings. According to Wiki: "Much of the equipment in use [at Bruichladdich] is the original Victorian equipment. The process is gravity fed and no computers are used in production, apart from in the offices clerically and to run a series of eight webcams.
"These webcams were the focus of an intelligence operation by the (American) Defense Threat Reduction Agency, when the distillery's antique distilling equipment was mistaken for that purportedly used for Iraq's elusive chemical weapons.
"This story has roots in an e-mail sent by an American agent to the distillery when one of the webcams had broken. A limited run of commemorative WMD bottles were released in honour of the story, while a second WMD bottling, Yellow Submarine, was issued when an Islay fisherman found a MoD submarine ROV, and a minor farcical affair ensued."
It seems that Bruichladdich would rather make tongue in cheek jokes about WMD's than to honor the dead of 9/11. So be it. It's worth remembering that the Iraq war was started based upon misleading propaganda about the country having WMD's.
Millions of people (mainly Iraqis when collateral damage is included) lost their lives as a result of those alleged WMD's that didn't exist. Americans and citizens of other countries would have resisted that war, as well as a war with Afghanistan, if 9/11 had not taken place. And we needn't open up that can of worms in terms of who did what, but even the official story had nothing to do with culprits from Afghanistan or Iraq.
9/11 is nine plus one plus one which is eleven. 11:11 is a magical number meant to connote human sacrifices when used in conjunction with a date on a calendar. It is not "armistice." It is not "memorial." It is ha ha ha ha. And the joke is on humanity.