000 bottles (the first was 700). These editions were available here
around 2010 and got quickly sold out (as most Bruichladdich bottles here
In Québec city). The particularity about this Cuvee line is that they
took regular unpeated 16 yro and finished them in a series of casks from
Bordeaux finest vineyards, the C being from Chateau Margaux.
I am kicking myself (once again) for not buying one or two more for
the collection but sometime you have to make choices right ? The bottle
is the usual Laddie shape we have come to get familiar with (I am
looking at you laddie lovers) aside there is the number on the back.
When poured this Islay looks colored but it is not and shows what the
cask gave it which is a caramel (almost maple syrup) color that could
have fooled me if it was not written on the bottle.there was also a
slight reddish reflection to the dram which I bet comes from the Margaux
When I nosed the dram I got this classic coastal smell that makes the
Bruichladdich a one of a kind Isay accompanied with a sherry touch. I
remember the Sherry being much more present when I first tried it about
6-7 months ago but it seemed to have blended in the overall smell now
(which is not a bad thing IMO). The dram is bottled at the usual 46%
the distillery offer its products and I have to say it is the right
point for me.
When I took the first sip this silky dram it gave me the Iodine I
have come to love from the distillery, very balanced floral notes and
little salty/coastal to the overall taste that the usual suspect that
the 10 is. After the fist wave of taste comes the sherry finish touch
which was very pleasant, much more than the first time I tried it as I
am not fond of woody drams.The finish was as expected, clean and dry as
the taste does not linger in mouth and lets you get an other sip to
comfort your taste buds without interfering.
After I took the first sip I looked at my father in law and he was in
awe saying it was one of the best I have made him taste (I take him for
a ride every occasion I have) and that if he had to get some (he
actually wanted to get some) it would be this one.
I proceeded to break his heart and announced it would be very hard
top find as they were a one time only offering and the SAQ has emptied
it's self a while ago. I promised him I would keep the bottle for him
and me for occasions in the future. I had an happy camper sitting in
front of me.
I found this dram right in line with what I like with the distillery
and would buy more if I come to find some sleeping on some shelves
somewhere. That being said, my absolute favorite of the line was the
E (Sauterne finish) which was one of the nicest I have tried to date
from the distillery in their ' designer' malt as I call them.
If you happen to stumble on a bottle and like what Bruichladdich usually
offers in their unpeated line I suggest you take a dive and grab one
(or two and send me the other one ;-).
This would be very appreciated by people who know their stuff and
have tried some other scotch as someone who is not scotch fan would
probably not enjoy as much. I have to say that I bet anyone who like
whisky in general will appreciate this one without a doubt.
0-50 Drink at your own risk I would not wish this dram on my worst enemy.
50-59 Uninteresting, something to serve to bad company.
60-69 Shows some interesting touch but nothing more than average.
70-79 Interesting Scotch, something to try before buying.
80-89 Nice Scotch, something to insert into the rotation without a doubt.
90-95 Superb Scotch, something to enjoy and share on special occasion with knowledgeable friends.
96-100 A one of a kind bottle that should be hoarded as much as you find and can afford. These do not come along often
and are truly a jewel of the crown in a Scotch bar.