Really beautiful laddie, which I immediately like better than most of the newer full-strength fillings and first-fill whipped-barrel maturations. The smoky distillate provides really nice aromas and takes you back on a journey through time before Bruichladdich created new lines with Port Charlotte and Octomore.
Far better than expected and overall much more mature than the 11 years in the barrel.
Almost Ardbegesk (the older, older ones), I never expected that. Rich smoke that clearly wafts out of the glass. In addition, beautiful citrus notes that become more dominant with time. Elegant blend of the ex-bourbon cask and the smoky distillate. I make a nice grapefruit note, something new!
Surprisingly smoky on the palate too. No Port Charlotte-Rauch, but still strong and decisive. Very dark and earthy, with beautiful (light) fruit and citrus notes. I like it surprisingly well, especially for "just" 11 years of barrel aging. Even the drinking strength does not detract from this, although it takes a little time on the tongue at first. Not a complexity monster, but one to relax.
Rather brief, but coherent. The smoke remains on the palate, the citrus notes recede somewhat and there remain malty-sweet notes. Pleasant mouthfeel, no bad notes.