- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Laddie Crew Valinch 18 - David Hope jun.
- Stated Age
- 24 years old
- Bourbon & Fine French Oak Cask
- Number of bottles
- 46.9 % Vol.
- 500 ml
- Added on
- 24 Feb 2016 9:45 am by MacLeod66
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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 1991
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.86 points
- Already the second Valinch for the Hope family. Another very nice gesture from Laddie! The malt as such is for me personally from the frame data almost the most exciting crew Valinch so far. Why? Not the oldest, not the rarest type of barrel, not the highest alcohol content. But he has an excellent sister barrel that I've been enjoying for years, namely the Murray McDavid 'Laggan Point', 19yo, 51.7% ABV, Cask # 44. If you like the combo 'Laddie + Bourbon + red wine', in my opinion one of the most successful such drops on the market. Very interesting comparison, because the Laggan accompanies me since 2012, and I have basically opened the bottling since the 'first contact'. Where are the formal differences, apart from the barrel number? The CV18 has matured a little more than 24 years in the barrel, the Laggan just under 20. The Laggan has been finished after the ex-Bourbon storage 1-2 years in red wine barrel, as was heard from the Vinothek Massen. On the other hand, the crew Valinch was first stored for 16 years in the ex-Bourbon barrel and then aged for a further 8 years in the Châteu Latour barrel. It is not just a finish but a real "double maturation". Better or worse can not be said at this point - but different, that may be expected. Eye / Nose: The malt pleases with a deep red color, the extensive two-ripening in Paulliac barrel has visually wonderful effect. Darker than the Laggan, which is more in the dress of a summery rose. Somehow I feel the CV18 reminiscent of a heavy, old cognac. Fat notes of wine in both malts. The Laggan seems a bit more prominent in the nose, the CV18 seems even more intense. Palate: In advance, who does not like wine storage, that is fundamentally wrong here. I, on the other hand, like him very much. He is creamy. Strong taste. The Laggan seems milder at first impressions, which is already unusual with a difference of at least percentage points ABV, which the Laggan is formally stronger (!). After all, the crew Calinch is well below current Laddie drinking strength (50% ABV) arrived. The Malt looks very well-balanced, though perhaps not quite as complex as some of the other crew Valinches, especially CV13 'Jim McEwan'. Does the Laggan more pronounced (milk) chocolate notes on the one hand and a little more acid on the other, the CV18 reminds a total of a warm, vinous fruit compote, fresh red fruit jelly with shot or - due to the fine pastry notes - to a summery fruit tart. Finish / Conclusion: Long finish. Malty, Laddie Brennereicharakter with amazing freshness and pastry notes. Fruity grape sweetness. The Laggan, however, has more oak. Again an interesting phenomenon, because the Valinch had more than 4 years more time to pick up oak freight. Towards the end Valinch gets dry, slightly chalky, earthy notes. As if you enjoyed a decent sip of the best French red wine. If one tolerates oneself for a moment, then pure wine taste remains in the mouth. Krass!
- So where does he get the color from. fine french oak - french oak. Okay, but what was in there? Believing some rumors and statements, it has been a red wine from Chateau Latour. Chateau Latour is one of the world's most famous wineries located north of Bordeux. And yes, red wine could really fit. Dark mahogany is a color that describes the whisky, but quite "clear". With this whisky you can paint in the glass again. 25 years have not passed him. The fact is, I have understood the last days, this whisky takes time. And he should get it. Someone said, always give as long as he is old. Puhhh - patience is not necessarily my strength. In the nose there are ripe plums, a trace of licorice, cinnamon, sour cherries and somehow something floral. On the left side I notice a lot of alcohol (funny at barely 47%), on the right side it is so incredibly fruity sweet. My mouth is watering again. A first sip, today actually to tune in and "rinse your mouth". Just a little sip afterwards. Hach, gorgeous. But here again somehow a fruity - liquorice mixture. Plum, cherry and cinnamon, with a delicate little liquorice layer around the fruits around it. And then comes the gentle dryness of the wood and a trace of a bitter almond note. At the next sip I have clearly dark chocolate, at least 80% cocoa content (the one that can only be eaten by a few manufacturers, since it takes an otherwise all saliva). I really like that. The alcohol is quite discreet. I always catch myself repeating the taste from my lips. The whisky remains present, the palate is dry and you want to relish immediately, but the flavors are still there.