The first nose has the advantage that it falls on a blank slate. Only gradually does one follow the personally established smelling and tasting routines, but the first impression is often of a striking directness. Where I often have "rum" in my nose, I already know that the wood was very active there (e.g. with Kavalan etc.). Why the lead here: Because this is where the first nose screams "Cognac". And even the second or third time I would blindly bet on something like this: Fins Bois rather than Grande Champagne, rather light, but with oak spice, but little rancio. So with a typical fruitiness, but with small notes that convey age. But even if it were a cognac, the impression is less than 34 years old.
M Soft, but voluminous entry, much more body than the nose would suggest. Light fruits, subtly tropical, melon, peach, the oak comes very slowly, increases, but when you think it's about to get bitter, the tingling stops - very pleasant. Of course, the low percentages make it very drinkable and chewable.
As in the initial taste, plus honey and vanilla bean, a slight bitterness spreads, but everything is very harmonious.
Without a doubt a very good malt. For Bruichladdich, an experience from a bygone era that has nothing to do with what has been in the bottles for 10-15 years. The filigree character, which unfortunately was drowned far too often in wine casks because the whisky didn't have enough "punch", is only rarely revealed. But the striking thing is: if you like this taste experience, you are in good hands with many cognacs. Not the heavy oak boards, but where the grapes can still get through.