Bruichladdich ROCK'NDAAL 01.1

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

Average value

£ 284.31

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Whisky reviews for Bruichladdich ROCK'NDAAL 01.1

16 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.38 points.

  1. holborndrinker scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    It's not a bad dram, but it is overpriced. An example of where the sum is less than the total of all the parts.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Some sweet notes, but nothing that really jumps out of the glass.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Quite a pleasant blend where there is smoothness, some sweetness and only a mild hint of peat or smoke. It is difficult to pick out any particular notes.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Some peat notes come in at the death.

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  3. Nikilema scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Nazin scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    As other's already mentioned, pretty imbalanced.

  5. Whiskeysommelier scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    noch etwas Jung und Preis Leistung nicht gut

  6. marcusjang scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A sample courtesy of a friend.

    A bit late, but still a bit of a controversial bottling. My verdict is that this is more flawed than outright terrible, in that there are some aspects of it I like which are ultimately overshadowed by its "flaws". Of course the taste is subjective, so your milage may vary.

    I liked 01.2 a hair bit more, but both share the same acrid ashiness that reminds me of cigarette butts. Maybe tolerable, but not as a Fèis Ìle bottling especially with the price. Unfortunate.
    • Nose
      Ashy & salty, full cigarette tray, wet leaves, blackberries, raw alcohol, peppercorns
    • Taste
      Watery blueberries, brine, metallic, acrid, raw garlic, black pepper, some leather, tobacco leaves
    • Finish
      Metallic, slightly cheesy, coffee beans, slightly burnt sugar, hint of naphthalene

  7. gaboruso scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. grinface scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Difficult to describe but there is a slight imbalance in the dram. But maybe that's the point. I would have liked a little more cask, but the bourbon casks don't have much of a say. I've read a part was matured in Sauterne. Maybe that's part of the problem too. But I really don't find it quite as bad as some others in the base.

    Full review in a flight of six rather strange Bruichladdich:

  9. bikenerd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    very sweet! nice blend of Laddie, PC and Octomore. I like it a lot. Unfortunately it´s not liked by a lot people but still the price has rocketed!?

  10. ConvalRen scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  11. 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
      86 86
      Excitingly pointed, tart and grassy, the nose turns out spontaneously. Ginger and coconut flakes, plus properly caramelized crème brûlée and caramel shortbread, which gradually give way to the oily, buttery, tarry smoked eel. Add some ripe oranges and canned peaches, maybe even Maoam Orange.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste seems surprisingly light at the beginning, but then intensifies tart and with clear bitter notes of orange and lime peel and physalis, again the caramel shortbread and then also something malty-oily, forest honey and a hint of cold campfire.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dark baked oat cookies with butter, malt candy and the sourness of cold ash accompany the finish for a little while longer.

  12. glenenz scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    A ride backwards, upside down in the whirligig with a few magic mushrooms behind you. That's how I would describe this whisky. Totally disjointed, tastes jumps in all directions except the right side. Tart, alcoholic, strange flavors that you can't refer to anywhere. Sorry Bruichladdich, but this whisky is unworthy of one of my favorite distilleries!!

  13. dram1919 scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Unfortunate for Bruichladdich to release such poorly designed NAS Feis bottlings.

  14. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  15. nhuber did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    All Islay grown Barley, 2007/2008 vintages, 5 components in there: 2 parts Bruichladdich, 2 parts port Charlotte and 1 part Octomore spirit... Some bourbon casks have been transferred to sauternes casks that's where the color comes from... Non chill filtered

    Great video with more details

  16. Dottore scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    What a disappointment. Bitter, unbalanced, metallic and tangy. Not my thing at all.

  17. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    Sadly totally disjointed and out of balance, taste jumps in all directions. Sharp and bitter. Hastily thrown together, unworthy of Bruichladdich in my opinion. Suitable for the stainless steel cup that was handed out during the open day to drink whisky from.


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