But why the hell did MMD such a decadent vat? The explanation is very simple: Both the high valued Bowmore and Bunnahabhain had fallen below 40% abv in their casks and could not be sold as a single malt edition anymore (you know, below 40% it is just a liqueur not a whisky - that is the law!). So they vatted these gems with a higher proof Laddie to raise the vat above 40% abv again (40,3% to be precise).
The result is simply stunning. The best of Bowmore (exotic fruits, peat) and Bunnahabhain (fat sherry, oily texture) combine with the delicate Bruichladdich (more fruits, creaminess). One to nose for hours and to sip forever... To be honest, I find this vat better than all of the single malt vintage editions of 1969 Bowmores, 1968 Bunnas and 1966 Laddies I have tasted so far and that were quite a few!
By the way: This is one of the whiskies that is harmed by oxydation over time (it gets flatter, less impressive). So I advice to rebottle this precious spirit into smaller, completely filled sample bottles as soon as you opened it. But use new, never used bottles only (at least use new screw caps, otherwise the old content might spoil the new filling - it happens very seldom, but it happens as I experienced myself)!