EYE / NOSE
Visually a pleasure. A strong, old golden hue invites you to taste it. The malt forms wide strips on the edge of the glass, while 'the blood of Scotland' runs slowly and oily. Drop by drop.
Herbal nose - cloves, mint, tarragon, vanilla pulp - a bit fleshy, due to the omnipresent cold smoke notes I feel briefly reminded of smoked ham and gravy. However, the impression fades with time and gives way to a pleasant sweetness that reminds me of slowly caramelizing brown sugar, deeply interwoven with typical Bruichladdich smoke, of course. A very fresh, maritime fragrance emanates from my Glencairn, which I also appreciate in the really outstanding OA Octomores, 2.2, 4.2 and 6.3. Under no circumstances alcoholic, our test subject. The remaining 52.1% cask strength transport numerous aromas without bringing themselves to the fore inappropriately. That's how it should be. Interesting, this pleasant freshness, because the long-matured Bruichladdich portion in particular could have brought out older, 'dusty' aromas. I perceive sweet pipe tobacco and some fruit, juicy pear and red apple, both fresh from the smoker, of course. That smells delicious. Very promising start!
Extremely pleasant 'working' feeling on the tongue while I slowly and enjoyably roll the malt back and forth in my mouth. The full, ripe mouthfeel is convincing across the board. The aromas from the nose are almost identical in the taste. A very stringent malt. An elegant, sweet, strong smoker who is significantly influenced by his Octomore components. The elemental force of some other, much younger Octomores such as 'Orpheus' or 'Son of Orpheus' is unfortunately missing here, but the complex elegance of the Ternary knows how to please both the nose and the palate. Here, too, the smoke carpet is more of a main actor than a decorative accessory. In addition, pecan nuts, corn syrup and dried fruits such as figs and sultanas - everything fresh from the smoker, of course, goes without saying. The taste of the malt has a thoroughly engaging depth and balance. The taste is also convincing.
FINISH / CONCLUSION
As expected, the Ternary retains its power and its voluminous, aromatic appearance in the aftertaste. If the Ternary remained flawless in the finish, it would be right at the top of my list of laddies tasted over the years. There are no real missing notes in the classic sense, but I can still taste a small downer.
At the very end there is an oaky bitterness that I have never had in a smoky Bruichladdich and that reminds me faintly of the Black Art 8, where it is much more dominant. What is the reason? I would guess the old Laddie, because the bitterness is more likely due to the age of the Laddie components, i.e. the comparatively low number of Virgin Oak elements in the project.
All in all, a very well crafted malt, created with a lot of expertise, which I like very much with its kind and its concise style, except for the weakness at the back, with a lot of power and depth.
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