- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 03 years old
- American Oak / French Oak
- Number of bottles
- 63.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 15 Sep 2009 7:15 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich X4+3 Quadrupled Distilled
19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.57 points
- The X4 with a 3-year storage in the barrel ... the first time that the spirit loses its taste through storage in the barrel. Surprised!
- A silky dram with balls
Whow! Sweet scents of flowers, dried grass and fruits. That comes in. Then the fine wood notes come through. And complex with a nice balance.
A strong taste and silky mouthfeel. At first my mouth is numb by the alcohol but then the sweetness comes which is subtle and pleasant. The taste of cooking pears with a cinnamon flavor. Salty? And true taste explosion when you add extra air. Then more fruit flavor is released and you taste green apple and herbs.
The aftertaste is warm and slightly burning in the throat. Despite the powerful smells and tastes, these remain fairly short. An unforgettable taste!
- Apples and especially pears at the bottom of box in the nose, then a good dose of cereals. In the mouth, syrupy. The aromas arrive in the other direction. Cereals first, followed by fruits. Finale in length, delicately spiced first and which increases in power on the clove. A pungent note of smoke appears late. Enthusiasm 4/5
Lots of almonds up front with vanilla and sweetness followed by some citrus/grapefruit – Quite fresh and vibrant but lacking the alcohol assault I was expecting at 63.5%alc. Definitely different though.
Hot as hell and very dry. Huge pepper notes yet really clean. Poached pear comes through accompanied by a synthetic flavour that is quite peculiar. Youthful and crisp, a real mixed bag.
The finish is scorched earth, lots of hot spice. The dry fallow layer returns and lingers fading back to the initial nosing of sweet hazelnuts.
- Tasting Notes by Jim McEwan, head distiller;
Character: There is no one alive today who has ever tasted quadruple distilled single malt. The four-distillation process means the texture has an incredible lubricity.
Colour; primrose yellow / lily.Nose; Intoxicating. Sweet barley cereal sugar aromas are the first up, supported by floral overtones of primula, iris, mint, leiden and gorse joined later by muscat grapes with a twist of lycee. The oak then starts to emerge with hints of hazelnut splashed with bourbon.Palate; A lightness in both the taste and aromatics.
The purity, the essence of the spirit evident from the first sip.
Clean, fresh, alive, innocent, pure and untained by time and opinions. You would never believe its youth in a month of sundays.Finish; A beguiling silky texture which takes a lot of the heat from the mouth feel. Great length of flavour. A true first-born, debut spirit, a pioneer who has orginality and required courage,
creativity, imagination and non-conformity to produce.Mood; Inquisitive. Devil may care. To boldly go.
A real journey of discovery.
- http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2096%20Jim%20McEwan.html Test 096: Bruicladdich with Jim McEwan - 091204
The whisky tested: Glass 1 Bruichladdich 2001 Resurrection, 46%, 557 kr 10 points
Glass 2 Bruichladdich Organic 5YO / 2003, 46%, 589 kr 13 points
Glass 3 Bruichladdich X4 + 3, 63.5%, 757 kr 29 points
Glass 4 Bruichladdich PX 1992, 46%, 749 kr 109 points
Glass 5 Cameronbridge Grain 1974, 48.3%, Celtic Heartlands, 1400 kr 67 points
Glass 6 Port Charlotte PC8, 60.5%, 989 kr 99 points
Glass 7 Octomore II, 140 ppm, 62.5%, 1289 kr 21 points
Glass 8 Bruichladdich Peat, 46% (Highland Toast), 447 kr 9 points Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Apparently, I was so fascinated by Jim that I forgot listing and score on a pair of whiskys. Bruichladdich X4 + 3, 63.5%
Color: Light gold, white wine
Fragrance: ????? Taste: Young, fiery, fruity, sweet
Aftertaste: Long with sweetie, vanilla and chocolate
- Colour: Light straw.
Nose: Spirity, smooth, on wood dust, with some pear and
toffee. Diluted, the toffee flavours are getting stronger.
Taste: Smooth, spirity, with some fresh fruity notes (pear).
The finish is short, smooth and on new oak.
General Impression: Bottled at a higher strength and
resulting from the vatting a whisky matured 50% in first fill bourbon and 50% in
French virgin oak, this whisky has more flavours than the X4-Islay spirit. The
flavours remain however very thin and the flavours are mainly coming from the
wood than from the whisky itself. An interesting experience. Maybe more for the
Vodka and "eau-de-vie" drinker than for the whisky drinker?
- Nose: Incredibly clean, with lots of lemon and lots of vanilla. Some orange, and definitely grapefruit. Even pineapple. Big woody notes (not dissimilar to a Canadian whisky…the old Alberta Premium releases, in particular). Vanilla ice cream and orange creamsicle. Chocolate, both milk and white. Lemon coconut macaroons. Pine Sol and an almost cut-spruce freshness. Maybe even a vague hint of mint. Softer than imagined, though, somehow.
Palate: Oh wow. What an arrival. Enormous, and almost overwhelming. Citrus fruit, rind and pith. There’s a tartness and tang here I adore. Grilled pineapple. Again…25-30 year old rye (Alberta Premium!). A lot of wood here. Spice and sour ju-jubes. Candied ginger. Distilled fire. A lot of syrupy texture.
Thoughts: Certainly not everyone’s cup of tea (malt), but I kinda dig this profile
- This one is still a toddler, but not a bad one if you like sweet associated drams.
Young and spirity, so there is a lot of the barley to be detected. It is already quite developed on vanilla, despite its barely a scotch single malt if you know what I mean. It's also very fruity, on peach, lychee and almost candy-like (marshmellows)
I would say: of course it's hot, because it's so young! Full on the barley, vanilla and sugared candy.
Still quite heavy and harsh, in which elements from the taste are prolongued.