Tasting Notes by Jim McEwan, head distiller;
Character: Bruichladdich’s very DNA. An absolute masterpiece and a marvellous example of how whisky can still be outstanding at such a great age provided the cask and spirit were in top condition at the outset.
Nose: Soft sultanas, raisins, dates, walnuts and toasted almonds are the opening notes. Round the edges little notes of linden and orange blossom add to the magic all encased in a cradle of Crème Brulee, gently sprayed with mellow bourbon throughout. The vanilla from the toasted oak sugar gives delectability as never experienced before.
Palate: Mellow oak still showing that deep warmth which comes from spirits that have not been reduced in strength because time has done that for you. The silky texture from the exceptional oak of the Le Pin casks give this an extra ethereal dimension.
Finish: This spirit is reduced in strength naturally over four decades, thus the warmth that we encounter. Superb length, great persistence, that never-ending reminder of a more innocent age. This is a fabulous “piece de resistance”.
Mood: Self-indulgent. Solitude. Late night, home, secure. Sigh with pleasure and cry with joy that you have experienced a truly unique spirit and tell the world “I have tasted with the Gods”.