Bruichladdich ROCK'NDAAL 01.2

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2022
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 may 2022 11:16 pm by Coldorak

Average value

£ 346.92

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Whisky reviews for Bruichladdich ROCK'NDAAL 01.2

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.47 points.

  1. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I enjoy Bruichladdich in most of its iterations, but this one jarred a little. Another blend where the constituent parts don't quite jam - promises much, but then falls away.
    • Nose
      82 82
      A nice sweet peat note rises out of the glass, but there is a jarring note - something vaguely chemical.
    • Taste
      85 85
      A nice chewy dram where the peat and sweetness are well balanced, feels pleasant in the mouth, but...
    • Finish
      82 82
      At the death there is a harsh notes that creeps in and turns a pleasant dram into something less enjoyable.

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  3. Nikilema scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice to drink, but also complex because the flavors alternate.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very first nose "red wine". Then something musty, chemical smoke, later something floral. If you smell apple cider and vinegar for a longer time, the smoke recedes into the background. Then herbs like aniseed and caraway.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Leather and tobacco, some sweet dried fruit overlaid with subtle smoke, becomes dry. There are also a few herbs.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Wet campfire but subtle, medium length.

  5. marcusjang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A sample courtesy of a friend.

    Maybe it's because I've tried 01.1 right before this and my palate has climatised to it, but I'm enjoying it quite a bit more.

    While the former feels a bit flawed with its more spirit-driven nature, this batch perhaps has more wood & wine presence to cover its weakness. I really liked its wet pine and camphor notes along with the subtle sherry influences. Still it shares the same problem of being acrid, ashy, and metallic as 01.1 to grant it a higher score. 86, but barely.

    Also perhaps a bit lackluster as a Fèis Ìle bottling with the price.
    • Nose
      Wet pine, fennel seeds, hint of sherry, alcoholic, bonfire under rain, brewed coffee, very slight berries
    • Taste
      Coastal, salt on leather, overripe berries, slightly acrid, hint of Oloroso, camphor board
    • Finish
      Slightly ashy & acrid, stale coffee beans, petrichor, black peppercorns, extinguished bonfire, a metallic tinge, tobacco leaves

  6. DennisV scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Probably good if you like caramel popcorn

  7. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Significantly more accessible for me than the 01.1 variant. A nice experiment, but I would probably have to analyze the whole bottle bit by bit to get the same enthusiasm as Adam Hannett for this bottling. Water is actually helpful, but not with the finish. Difficult at a high level.

    Full review in a flight of six rather strange Bruichladdich:

  8. ConvalRen scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Prefer edition 1
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. Syleo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    At first glance (gulp) not an easy box. One likes the laddie sponge cake, the PC seasoning and the octomore punch. In the combination one involuntarily expects a magic potion. That seems to have been the Ternary Project, for example, against which I unfortunately cannot directly compare the two here.

    I can understand the criticism that is often heard - somehow the cuvées can't quite decide where they want to go. In 01.1 a lot of things seem a bit unbalanced, young and edgy, in 01.2 the caramel sweetness takes on a clearer leading role, but youth and tartness remain present. I might have bottled it a little more so that the added water didn't activate quite as much bitter substances, but who knows.

    In any case, you can trace the underlying components in an exciting way and deconstruct them for yourself. For me, at least, both mid-eighties with different upward swings in nosing and tasting.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Wow, that's a caramel board on the nose - dark caramel fudge cake, rich and creamy. At the beginning, even the smoke doesn't get through against the sweetness, which only gradually manifests itself as slightly burnt caramel. Dates in honey from the grill, whose bacon coat has almost completely burned away, warm raisins, plus a little black pepper and pencil wood, rose petals and Maoam raspberry.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The smoky notes are stronger on the palate, burnt caramel and charcoal, warm black olives with black pepper, slightly cheesy and again reminiscent of smoked eel, plus a few preserved sour cherries and honey dates, all warm as well.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Here, slightly bitter hazelnut skins, malt candy and charred tree bark remain present for quite a long time in the finish.

  10. dram1919 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Unfortunate for Bruichladdich to release such poorly designed NAS Feis bottlings. 01.2 is probably a bit better than 01.1 purely due to cask action.

  11. nhuber did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Again five components, more Octomore and more Port Charlotte and less Bruichladdich this time, 2005/2006/2007 vintages, more smoke here, lovely sweetness, some Oloroso and PX Sherry casks as well as grenache casks, all natural color

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