...and this is more of the latter. Both nose and mouthfeel/finish are weak but the taste is nice. A dram to sip while focussing on other things than single malt whisky.
The colour is amber and the nose offers a slightly punchy (alcoholic) and wine-driven profile with significant wooden notes. The malt plays a walk-on role only in this setting and even oxidation or reduction with water does not help to improve it. This is not my preferred 'laddie nose, sorry.
The taste offers more malt flavours which are very welcomed to add complexity to the profile. The trademark sweet barley sugars of the 'laddie do a great job in this respect and even some fruits dare to show up, I like this. It is not layered but more complex than the nose and without any flaws except maybe a little too strong bitter wooden notes. Some water turns both the nose and taste punchier resp. more bitter and a further reduction blocks even more flavours, this dram swims like flat iron. I prefer the neat spirit.
The dram arrives warming but not coating on the palate with some drying-astringent moments from the (often aggressive) wine cask. The finish is rather short, accordingly and adds almost no new impressions but turns increasingly bitter-drying towards the end. Oops, this seems to be not the best distillation run at Bruichladdich (the mouthfeel and finish very much depend on the oiliness/texture of the spirit which is determined by the quality of distillation resp. the cut-off points of the heart-of-the-run).