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Overall rating
89.33/100
votes
109
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Vintage
12.12.2002
Bottled
05.03.2019
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
First Fill Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
R07/143
Number of bottles
230
Strength
60.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
28 Mar 2019 3:48 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 154,28

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2002 Arc

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.33 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    In store sample.

    Can you even call these active casks anymore? According to Davin de Kergommeaux (malt maniac) up to 5.5% of wine can be added to a scotch simply by using wet barrels. I’m not against this, but it’s good to know the facts.

    It is sulphured. Not as bad as I expected actually. The sulphur is in gunpowder and matchstick form. A few people have mentioned this could be Port Charlotte, and to me at least I do not think so. I think that’s the sulfur playing tricks. Now that that’s out of the way, it’s a dry and earthy sherry. Big dry leather notes that come across smoky, dark cherries, tobacco, cocoa powder, forest floor, some bruichladdich minerality peeking through. Sh-sh-sh-sh-sherry bomb! Hey if you want a big dry, earthy sherry bomb and aren’t averse to sulfur, go for it. Not my preferred style, which is why my score is lower.

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This was a sample from WB.
    Very dark in colour for a 16YO, hinting at a very active wet cask.
    To me this is a well executed sherry monster, on a level where you either love it or struggle.
    My struggle with this would have to be the price. I recently found a very similar 10YO private cask at close to 1/3 of this.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A true sherry monster nose.
      Almost at an A'bunadh level, just not that "raw" wood notes, probably because of close to twice the age of the later batches.
      Alc is well integrated, and there's clear traces of peat.
      Dark fruits, over ripe black plums, on the edge of going mushy.
      Bitter cocoa, espresso, wet old leather, furniture polish.
      Water softens it considerably, I find the peat to almost disappear, and I get some sweet chocolate chip cookies.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy texture with a drying feel to it.
      Huge body on dry dark fruits.
      It'snot really a sherry taste, just everything that is associated with it on steroids.
      Water brings it down to be more approachable to analysis, without diminishing the hugeness of the body.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Dark coffee, leather, dry smoke.
      And some burnt matches at the end. Some call it sulphor off notes, I really enjoy it.

  3. z-imaging scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Proper sherry-laddie-monster. Nose - heavy thick sherry, smoky, dried fruits, raisins, leather. And the laddie distillate still speaks a lot. Excellent. Perfectly drinkable at almost 61%, nice thick & chewy body, fruits, walnuts, iodine, with very smoky finish, on bacon & barbecue

  4. karloff scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Whiskybase. For what I had it was very interesting I will give it that. You could do a lot with a bottle. It challenged me and I respect it for that.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Woody notes at first and incoming are the sulphur notes, not unpleasant but it does mask everything else. Stay with it and there are dark fruits trying to fight their way through but are soon overpowered. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate as well. With water the sulphur isn't so potent.
    • Taste
      87 87
      First sip numbs the tongue but still leaves chocolate and coffee. If I had more of this I would finish it straight but I don't so a few drops of water added and straight away those dark fruits show their hand and so does the smokiness. In fact it becomes very well balanced.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Because it coats the mouth, the finish is long with lots of dried fruit and black coffee on the death.

  5. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion this whisky is oversherried with many sulphury notes, especially on the palate. Don’t understand the very high ratings at all. Overpriced as well.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky, in the nose it seems pretty peaty, combined with the nice sherrycask influences like chocolate, red fruits and coffee.
    In the body/taste things get less peatier, it's strong and full bodied, with still a slice of smokiness, but the (red) fruits and chocolate are more dominant now.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Yeah, what to say... This clearly would have been a much better experience without the sulfur. It's still ok (nose is actually really good after some time), but it could have been so much more.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First thought: some sulfur, no actually too much sulfur. Ok lets add some water and wait, nope still there. More water and more time. So I actually added about 20% of water to this dram and gave it a good 45 minutes. Yup now it's more like a barbequed meaty smokey thing hanging around. This I like. Also pretty herbal with basil, marjoram and sage, sweet and salty soy sauce, red berries, sour cherries,some lemon and lime, a whiff of anise in the background.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Already with water (without I find this pretty unpleasant): sweet and sour dark, red and dried fruits, spicy and herbal, but still keeps developing into something sharp and a bit sulfury.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Pretty long: struck matches, gives in to some sweetish dried fruits, salted liquorice and ends with some espresso bitters.

  8. STL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. robain scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
      intense sherry, peat, leather, shoe polish, marmelade, dark fruits, burned toast, coffe ground
    • Taste
      93 93
      dry, intense, powerful sherry, tobacco, cigarette smoke, dark fruits, campfire, peaty, orange peel, wood,
    • Finish
      91 91
      tobacco ash, burned coffee, leather, spent matches

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      One if the best peated i had my hands on

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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