Bruichladdich 2001 Renaissance

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2011
Stated Age
09 years old
Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
11/123 19 May 11
Added on
23 May 2011 6:39 pm

Average value

€ 208,00

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2001 Renaissance

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.31 points

  1. Palindrome did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Considering the date of this whisky's distillation, I do find the name "renaissance" to be in bad taste, even though it is part of a series. This first bottle was used for the Isla Festival in 2011.

    The distillery's website gives this explanation: "The second of a brace of bottlings to mark the acquisition and re-birth of Bruichladdich distillery. this dram: “renaissance”. Among the very first spirit to run from our stills. Our manifesto for the future. 2,500 bottles, only available online or at the Distillery shop. 'The revolution does not choose its paths' – Leon Trotsky."

    What about using a Trotsky quote about revolution in regard to a whisky that was distilled on 9/11? That's super lame and just plain odd . . . unless one is thinking of 9/11 from an insider perspective in illuminati terms as "the new pearl harbor" that Project for the New American Century wrote about in the late 90's.

    It's hard to believe that Jim McEwan didn't catch the significance of the distillation date on this bottling when he said of the whisky, "Mood: Changing room nerves. OK Coral." What in the heck does that reference signify? French multinationals are Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday, or are they the Clantons?

    Also, "changing room nerves" is a bit of a girlish analogy for a corporate buyout, don't you think? In a way, 9/11 in the United States was more of a changing room than what happened at Bruichladdich. After all, the events seemed like an ample excuse for most people to vote in and accept the beginning of a new era in giant governments everywhere, which these days are slouching towards Bethlehem, paving the way to a New World with One Order.

    I wonder if anyone noticed the distillation date at the Islay Festival? Was it even mentioned? If I had been present, then I would have objected if nothing was said about that. Isn't it worth at least mentioning, especially when a bottle like this is chosen to be featured prominently, even when it's rather strangely curdled and weird in terms of its general profile, scent, and taste.

    The series (of two) started with this very bottling, and so the second "renaissance" bottling the next year, in 2012, was a moot point, almost like a decoy meant to distract from the audacity of the first.

    There's nothing Renaissance-like about 9/11. Does this bottle mark the beginning of a new age, which is supposed to be "golden?" If so, it's the beginning of a dark age, far darker than the so called dark ages, which were full of merriment and relative freedom when compared with today, and plenty of holidays each year.

    I'm sure Bruichladdich was well aware of the distilling date when the company came up with the title "renaissance."

    19.05.2011 is the bottling date. On this night, the moon was far closer to the earth than usual, so much so that it was called a "super moon." There was great occult significance to the date. Some people are paying attention to this sort of thing. What better night to "draw down" the moon for the purposes of making dark alliances with supernatural powers? Using a "super moon" as the bottling date seems like a strange coincidence indeed, and strains the bounds of credulity. Let's not forget that Bruichladdich has openly shown its affinity for "Black Arts."

    The distillery had a golden opportunity to turn this 2001 bottling under discussion into a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Instead, it did the opposite by calling it "renaissance."

    This said, the distillery is no stranger to commemorative bottlings. According to Wiki: "Much of the equipment in use [at Bruichladdich] is the original Victorian equipment. The process is gravity fed and no computers are used in production, apart from in the offices clerically and to run a series of eight webcams.

    "These webcams were the focus of an intelligence operation by the (American) Defense Threat Reduction Agency, when the distillery's antique distilling equipment was mistaken for that purportedly used for Iraq's elusive chemical weapons.

    "This story has roots in an e-mail sent by an American agent to the distillery when one of the webcams had broken. A limited run of commemorative WMD bottles were released in honour of the story, while a second WMD bottling, Yellow Submarine, was issued when an Islay fisherman found a MoD submarine ROV, and a minor farcical affair ensued."

    It seems that Bruichladdich would rather make tongue in cheek jokes about WMD's than to honor the dead of 9/11. So be it. It's worth remembering that the Iraq war was started based upon misleading propaganda about the country having WMD's. Ironically, the Beatles helped to prolong the Vietnam war with songs like Yellow Submarine.

    Without the manufactured "counter culture movement" that was cooked up at places like Tavistock, then Americans would have stopped the fighting sooner, rather than associating peace with "those dirty hippies," as was planned by programmers.

    We will never know if Bruichladdich purposefully bottled a whisky under a giant occult-friendly moon that was distilled on 9/11, and then chose to call it "renaissance" as some sort of veiled reference, but it's pretty obvious that the bottle was its first step (or misstep) in a bizarre direction that thankfully was altered towards some fantastic bottlings over the past two decades.

    The only reason why I care about this gaff is because I'm a huge Bruichladdich fan. On the journey from PC5 to Port Charlotte 10, I've been a staunch enthusiast and participant . . . despite the fact that Bruichladdich 2001 was misnamed, mismarketed, and ended up being an insult to the victims of 9/11.

    I only recently learned of this bottling and plan to buy one if I can. But if I am successful, then I will never open it, out of respect for those who lost their lives on the most confusing of days, which set a rather ominous tone--not only for a new American century, but for a new global millennium, as well.

  2. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Arquebus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Update: March 2017 - half way down the bottle - and this one is still hugely entertaining on the nose - in the same way described below.

    Update: March 2018 - end of bottle, the dram is 'worn out' should have used a gas blanket? however, the Ancien  Regime opened at the same time and also now just finished - really outgunned it....

    Renaissance 86

    Ancien Regime 89.5

     I've done some net research on the 'farmyard smell' and come up with  butyric acid? - something associated with anaerobic fermentation and linked with cheeses or more precisely butter- amongst other things (think: cheese> parmesan > baby sick!). Searching 'butyric acid and whisky' - it turns out will take you directly to a Bruichladdich webpage and an article on why they don't chill-filtrate their whisky.

    Butyric acid is one of 22 volatile fatty acids found in whisky - and one of the more powerful smells. Industrially Butyric acid is made by the fermentation of starches and sugars with the addition of the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. According to Wikipaedia  - Butyric or Butanoic acid is an important short chain fatty acid and is used in the preparation of various butyrate
    esters. Low-molecular-weight esters of butyric acid, such as methyl butyrate,
    have mostly pleasant aromas or tastes. As a consequence, they are used as food
    and perfume additives...

    The presence of butrates in whisky in the right quantities is going to add to the complexity and richness of the finished whisky as the flavours and smells will develop as the whisky evolves within the cask over time.    

     (see also: https://www.bruichladdich.com/article/bruichladdichs-guide-to-chill-filtration). 

     This whisky for me has become an important marker in my journey down the Malt Road and perhaps not by coincidence it was also chosen to mark the transition from old ways to newer more innovative ways at the Bruichladdich Distillery. 

  4. Arquebus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    please visit the original Whisky Fun site for over 280 Bruichladdich reviews


    Bruichladdich 2001/2011 ’11.09.01 Renaissance’ (46% OB, Feis Ile, 2500 bottles)  Gold colour. Glorious nose: fruity, vanilla, ginger bread, malted cereals, hint of smoke, spices. Complex and inviting. There is no hesitation here, the New Bruichladdich outperforms the old one. The palate is powerful yet finely balanced and long. Nice toffee cask influence but like the 1998 quite discreet. A real pleasure dram and, dare I say, a wonderful surprise because this is pure Bruichladdich with no extra additions. Quite addictive! Glorious tribute to the new Bruichladdich!90 points after a few drams ;-(Olivier whisky fun)

  5. Arquebus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Bottled as one of a brace of Laddies for the 2011 Feis Ile offering - the other bottle being the 12 yr old "Ancien Regime" from 1998. Mothballed in 1983 the distillery juddered back into action in1998 and finally began its spring back to life in May 2001 with Jim McEwan leading the team as Head Distiller. So the Brace offers a tasting of spirit distilled 'pre- Jim' and this one at the start of re-opening.
    This 9 yr old "Renaissance" is an interesting dram. I opened mine in Oct 2016 (and immediatley purchased another). The previous reviews below all capture aspects of it. To me it has a great nose, with subtle (and not so subtle) complexity. The taste is a little fresh and young and falls short in body but it picks up on the medium length finish... with some great oak spice adding complexity from start to end
    At three weeks after opening - 4th or 5th dram in.. a rich nose - clearly showing bourbon cask - fruity (at times pineapple, pear, bubblegum) - and yes - a touch of "baby sick" - kind of farmyard, kind of cheesy (in a positive way): makes me think of some Springbanks... Lets stick with this aspect. The farmyardy notes yield with a ‘quick stroll around the glass no shaky shaky’ ... (Ralfy would like this one)… to an intense sweet fruity natural caramel subplot. There's also intense vanilla ice cream - like if you smell the bowl a few hours after eating ice cream and its dried? Also some very interesting damp wood/ 'dunnage' almost mineral notes. Leave the glass to stand and the farmyard top note coalesces back. 

    There's some great layering happening: - just 'above' the farmyard/ intense sweet notes - are some delicate oak notes. Keep smelling and the farmyard notes transform into delicate perfumes, floral fruity notes - almost aftershavey (in a good way) - almost sherry like... and then to the heavier malty tones. By 'above', I mean further away from the glass. The lighter, more volatile compounds escape further from the glass, and more quickly, creating a gradient - it's like chromatography with air and whisky! In fact by smelling the whisky it's like your nostrils clearing away certain smells to reveal others underneath. I've found you can get the whiff of farmyard, but it clears away in the the very processof smelling it! In other words...the act of smelling actually affects the smell !!!

    For the physicists perhaps it's Schrodinger's cat in a glass. 

     Most entertaining! Five years after bottling this whisky retains a fresh dynamism in the way the nose plays in the glass. A slight dunnage warehouse note emerges – but I’m not getting any smoke or peat. The taste is sweet, brittle, fresh but also young and spirity, drying and becoming bitter/ salty in the finish and perhaps a hint of peat - some orange zest and pith. There are some great oak spices throughout – nose to finish - packed with flavour. Difficult to score this one, it’s let down by its mouthfeel initially, so certainly no 90’s? – How does one score? I have a Springbank Green 13, Pulteney 17 and a Benromach 5 open . Pulteney is tops by far (90s), Springbank is richer too (89). It tops the Benromach easily (84)  .. so I’d say 86/87 points well earned?....

  6. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Jim McEwan, head distiller;

    Character: Smooth and warming with all the goodness of the components really coming together. The clean marine and heather covered summer freshness in the spirit is wonderful and brings back happy memories of the day this shy beautiful spirit was reborn.

    Colour: August Barley Straw

    Nose: You are welcomed by notes of honeyed mints, rosemary & thyme, soft marzipan and lemon zest, all very subtle and at one with each other. As the spirit warms others emerge, soft nougat, toffee and warm charred oak, toasted hazelnuts and little hints of fresh coconut.

    Palate: As I write this, all the flavours have merged and are as one. Its pure zesty fragrance lifts the senses and the skill of the farmers, coopers and distillers are encapsulated both in my mind and memory of 10 years ago. It’s a beautiful pure spirit emerging for the first time into a much changed and happier home.

    Finish: We the crew of Bruichladdich 2011 are proud to introduce you to our first born. This spirit reflects the dedication and hopes of all our staff, the dedication to traditional ways has paid off, this is the proof. Our spirit will find its way through life, a pleasant journey and you can be part of it as you follow this Pilgrim’s progress.

    Mood: Changing room nerves. OK Coral.

  7. MaltMartin scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    For me this young Bruichladdich lacks complexity and depth. It might have been better at cask strength.
    • Nose
      Fresh peat to start with. Tobacco and tar. Maritime flavours and earthy notes. Nutiness. I got some babysick (?) associations as well.
    • Taste
      Delicate peat and smoke. Seaweed. Slightly peppery. Some oak and vanilla. A little thin and dull on the palate.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Becomes quite bitter and salty at the end.

  8. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  9. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, spicy, notes of gingernut biscuit, syrup and rum. Fruity and very rich.
      Soft cedar and oak. 
    • Taste
      robust with notes of butterscotch, sweet bourbon spices, vanilla cream, apple
      peels and candy floss.

    • Finish
      finish with notes of custard and ginger

  10. Roman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    good whisky, but the other feis Ile is better
    • Nose
    • Taste
      dull, ginger, lemon but sprittig
    • Finish


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