Notes from a blind tasting.
Okay, Laddie can do that too, of course, I would have spontaneously guessed the Highlands. I wouldn't have expected him to be so young, but once again underlines the quality of the barrel management at Bruichladdich.
Immediately after pouring, a deep dark, sweaty, spicy sherry nose with only a little sweetness. After a few minutes, an intensive barrel acid takes over the lead in the meantime, but quickly integrates again. It remains spicy. After a while, it looks sweeter with nice dark roasted aromas. Mineral notes are also present. Ripe, but especially baked apples flash from behind from time to time. A very interesting and pleasant cheesy note has been above everything for a while, flambéed Roquefort or something. When warmed up, the alcohol starts to tickle your nose. After that, acid comes again before it gets dark and sweet again. However, the alcohol remains quite snappy. Despite the dark and spicy sherry, the bottom line is that it looks pretty clean.
Sweet, oily and dense, a lot of dark honey, the alcohol squeezes from the first moment without becoming uncomfortable. There is a bit of dunnage at the back, but the oak is surprisingly limited, coffee aromas only come to the back, which, however, is hardly noticeable due to the fact that the sweetness also intensifies. In the second sip, significantly more wood comes through to the rear, mainly carried by barrel acid.
In the finish, which is not too long and surprisingly hardly warms up, it becomes sweeter for a short time before all the flavors disappear evenly. In the end, Old Bottle Flavor is on the tongue.