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Bruichladdich Links X

Overall rating
85.89/100
votes
38
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Valhalla, USA
Bottled
08.2008
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Climens Barsac Finish
Number of bottles
18000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
618105524705
Added on
02 Aug 2009 10:15 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 217,70

9 × in wishlist

38 × member ratings

206 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich Links X

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.89 points

  1. louich scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Bruichladdich is a somewhat small distillery compared to the other
    staple brands of its region of Islay but find a way to give us a product
    that stand alone in about every category there is. The masters at the
    distillery try many things each year and get on the market what I call
    designers scotchs. Usually in limited edition and bearing a specific
    trait compared to the classic unpeated line. The Links series is one of
    those lines and it sport a golf theme as each bottling represent a world
    famous link course, this one being the Valhalla club. The links series
    seems to be the first trial of refinishing the drams (before the Cuvee
    series arrived). This edition is a sherry finish cask. The bottle I have
    is the tenth bottling of the series and is limited to 18 000 bottles
    capped in 2008 at 46% ABV, the level the distillery is known to release
    their products. Some of the previous bottle were either 14,15 or 16
    years old, this bottle is a 15.When poured there a deep caramel golden color to the drink. I am very
    surprised to see that no color was added in the bottling process (note
    on the bottle). That color is what the refilled sherry cask

    gave it I presume.

    When I take the first whiff in the glass I get a light apricot note
    mixed with some kind of sour wood aroma. Hard to explain clearly the
    odor but I can tell you I knew I was in for a renewed and pleasant
    experience

    with this Laddie.

    The first sip gave way to the classic iodine signature of the house. The
    taste then evolve and bring brown sugar and sherry notes. The sip
    finishes with discreet apricot/fruity hints and the sherry that has been
    the distinctive signature of the bottle. The ending is clean and dry
    like all of the unpeated Laddie it does not linger around for long and
    let you palate clean soon.
    Revisited-Verdict (90):

    I have to give a big thanks to Bruce for finding me this one as I was
    aware of those bottling since 2005 and was never able to find one. My
    final impressions on that scotch is that it shows the true pedigree of
    the house wrapped in sweetness. Far from being a woody bomb the bottling
    was/is a success from my stand point and has its place in my rotation
    as it will be a very nice change of pace for any type of scotch lover.
    The only problem is finding a couple as they are all limited bottling.
    Cheers!
    Rating scale:

     
    0-50 Drink at your own risk I would not wish this dram on my worst enemy.
    50-59 Uninteresting, something to serve to bad company.
    60-69 Shows some interesting touch but nothing more than average.
    70-79 Interesting Scotch, something to try before buying.
    80-89 Nice Scotch, something to insert into the rotation without a doubt.
    90-95 Superb Scotch, something to enjoy and share on special occasion with knowledgeable friends.
    96-100
    A one of a kind bottle that should be hoarded as much as you find and
    can afford. These do not come along often and are truly a jewels of the
    crown in a Scotch bar.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully balanced, full of body, delicious sweetness and no disturbing notes. It is just light enough for me to enjoy the summer months. Since many of my other favorites are too heavy, too wintry. Fits perfectly in the niche.
    • Nose
      The nose almost screams "Bourbon / Sauternes". Intense sweet-and-white fragrance, which conjures up a smile on the face of the connoisseur. A little fresh mares, orangeade and a strong spiciness, which is mainly attributable to the alcohol.
    • Taste
      Velvety and soft, he rolls in. Fruit notes are spreading. The alcohol is now noticeable, cask strength would not have needed it here. Dried fruit in the sun, sweet spices, some cinnamon. Apricot and pineapple pieces, a touch of lime, light honey and vanilla pulp. That's the way I like it. Drinking power does not hurt IMHO at all on the second sip, probably even emphasizing the fruitiness.
    • Finish
      A wine sweet, fruity finish reflects the impression on the palate. Added to this is some oak. No unpleasant bitter note but only the impression that the Malt rested in wooden barrels for 15 years and matured.

  3. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light, fruity, stone fruits, particularly nectarine
      and white peach. Oaky vanilla, buttery. Exotic fruit
    • Taste
      Balanced, honeyed. Custard, tropical fruit, heather
    • Finish
      Good length, warmth, more fruit

  4. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Sweet and syrupy nose. Palate is sweet and honeyed, condensed citrus flavors. Cinnamon as it opens up. Finish is long with lingering sweetness, growing a tad bitter with some chew

  5. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "The latest in the indefatigable Bruichladdich `Links` series. This

    celebrates the famous Valhalla course in Kentucky, designed by Jack

    Nicklaus."
    TWE

  6. eilers scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    I've got of these, and they both have the signature from Jim McEwan

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