Bruichladdich The Ternary Project

Overall rating
89.28/100
votes
118
Whiskybase ID
WB180252
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2021
Number of bottles
4000
Strength
52.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L164623
Added on
02 apr 2021 12:09 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 537.02

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Whisky reviews for Bruichladdich The Ternary Project

18 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.28 points.

  1. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    red fruits abound.. smoke, obviously.. but i miss the chiseled, mineral notes of Bruichladdich.. they can be best found in the finale, lingering on the palate for a long time.. oily, bitter and herbal-fragrant.. not bad, just too much wine influence for me..

  2. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I thought the Port Charlotte elements stood out on the nose. The flavor profile was sweeter and more syrupy than I expected. Loads of sweet fruits upfront with smoke, peat only arriving on the back end.

    Overall, the Ternary Project made for a lovely dram, though the price point feels directed more at collectors than consumers. Indeed, the use of old Laddie and Octomore makes this a rare treat, but it was hard to imagine that the premium was worth it. Yes, the flavors were good— the dram is rich and intense— but I would not necessarily recommend this over other Bruichladdich products, especially some of the wine finished or matured Port Charlottes.

    Mental Image: Farmer Cheese and Grilled Fruit
    • Nose
      Fruit, barbecue, and barnyard funk. Loads of sweet barbecue and char. Farmyard funk along with notes of sweet grilled meat, char siu pork, and wood chips. Beyond the barbecue were spoiled tropical fruits, tropical farm compost with coconut husk, bamboo, and fruit—hints of twangy fresh farm cheese and cranberry.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied and very syrupy with notes of fruit and wood upfront while smoke, meat, and farmyard funk hung in the background. Jammy at first with strawberries, cassis, and raspberries. Faint bits of spoiled fruit and farm came through around the edges while caramelized peaches, flan, and sweetened condensed milk stood out. Toward the backend were notes of charred wood and smoked meat.
    • Finish
      Lingering fruit with subtle acrid smoke.

  3. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very successful experimental bottling.
    Bruichladdich provides the sweet and light part of the dram.
    Port Charlotte add smokiness and spices.
    Octomore brings in strength and does not overcome other flavours.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. dram1919 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Ammonia! Bacon-wrapped dates; quite complex!
    • Taste
      87 87
      tart, complex; the smoke from Port Charlotte and Octomore does not come to the fore; with the addition of water a pleasant sweetness develops
    • Finish
      88 88
      strong, long-lasting finish; Bbq sauce!

  7. pecathor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    It’s an interesting combination, a little bit of everything (Laddie, PC and Octomore:) Wine influence is obvious (and I personally love the combination of Bruichladdich’s malts and wine casks!), it’s very well balanced, alcohol is well integrated, it’s one of those beasts like Octomore 2.2 or the FOB Octonomnomnomnomore, which I love so much!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Strong combination of peat and herbs! Smoked meat, some red fruits, grapes, vanilla and maritime notes, old leather
    • Taste
      93 93
      Wonderful! Sweet (but not overwhelmingly) & smoky, just as I like it:) It feels like eating a piece of meat roasted/smoked while it’s covered in salt and herbs, with a side being a bowl of fresh red fruit with some dried figs and a splash of caramel, and finishing it with a dessert made of vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and cherries, while your grandpa sits in a leather armchair opposite to you and smokes a pipe the whole time:))) Love it!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Mid/Long, intense, herby, dark chocolate, dried fruit, more smoke

  8. Izzino scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    This is a beautiful, beautiful smoke pipe. Full, slightly spicy, with pronounced dark fruits, tobacco, chocolate.

  9. holborndrinker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A decent blend of the main three house styles that really works well, but the price tag is pretty hefty. It's a shame if drinkers get priced out of being to taste whisky that is obviously made with care.
    • Nose
      86 86
      When first poured you can smell it from across the room, time in the glass allows it to settle - some peat, stewed fruits.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A well rounded taste - nice balance with no one note dominating, warming.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Initially it feels quite short, but the alcohol lingers for a long time. Dangerously drinkable.

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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!

    PALATE
    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.

    More notes and reviews on Facebook at: #Maltkanzlei

  13. K C Wong scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  14. gossm01 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It is of an oily viscosity and its bouquet is of a relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of maritime peat smoke, nuts, bacon, raisin syrup, toffee, oak and subtle vanilla. Relatively complex. Relatively sweet in taste. The alcohol is very well integrated and it has a heavy body.

  15. -sAxo- scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  16. K C Wong scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. Alterjoe scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    According to Laddie, the "Ternary Project" consists of three vintages with three distillates, aged in three types of casks; Ex-sherry, ex-bourbon and ex-wine. There are 4,000 bottles worldwide. It was bottled with 52.1 vol.%.

    30% BRUICHLADDICH:
    Distilled before the distillery closes and shortly after it reopens. The Laddie portion was first bottled in 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogsheads before being decanted into French red wine casks and then into Fernando De Castilla's Pedro Ximinez Sherry Butts.

    The largest share with a total of 40% go up
    PORT CHARLOTTE back.
    This malt was distilled shortly after the reopening ... I thought everything here would have gone into the heretic?! ... it doesn't matter.
    The PC matured in a combination of 1st Fill Bourbon casks, 1st Fill Oloroso Sherry casks and 1st Fill Virgin Oak casks.

    30%
    OCTOMORE from 2008, bottled in Sauternes, French Mourvedres, Austrian sweet wines, ex-Amarone and bourbon barrels.

    It all sounds very tasty.

    Color: dark amber
    Nose: The smoke dominates from the start. Even if not, as one is used to from an Octomore. The typical herbaceous note of the Octomore comes through very nicely. Everything very finely and subtly interwoven. Not full on the twelve, but really elegant. Crispy fried bacon, heavily caramelized sugar. Really difficult, as it is complex for nosing. But it's not really a miracle when it comes to the composition of the barrels. The fruits come later (dates, cherries). A hint of toffee and vanilla. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated. The 52 vol. % wear the paint correctly. Are not pushy and not too weak.
    Behind it spices and oak and something perfumed, which I can't really assign yet.
    The anticipation for the first sip increases.

    Taste: At first quite sweet on the tongue. The caramel is back. Followed by smoke and herbs. Very mineral and earthy with notes of spice and tobacco. A real board. All the flavors are so tightly interwoven here too. That's how it has to be. The cherries get through easily again, but we're not kidding. The earthy and mineral notes dominate, which, paired with the smoke, are simply fantastic. It's really tasty and pleasing.

    Finish: dark, heavy with notes of tobacco and dark chocolate. Again, earthy and mineral.

  19. dumdi_san scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Original price at ballot: GBP 275

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