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Bruichladdich 2004 - Ambassador

Overall rating
89.45/100
votes
39
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Cask Bottling
Vintage
12.2004
Bottled
10.2015
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Casknumber
1474
Strength
60.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L/150474 15/255 3/10 1503133
Added on
20 Aug 2016 8:13 pm by Odessit
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 198,00

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2004 - Ambassador

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.45 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I guess an Oloroso butt in the old style, maybe a little older, against which the subtle oak notes speak. In general, there was hardly anything felt from leather, dusty cellar or the like. Of course, there is not much more of the distillery character, so I am completely in the dark here. But I liked it, and that's what matters in the end.

    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.
    • Nose
      89 89
      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.
    • Taste
      89 89
      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.
    • Finish
      88 88
      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.

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An excellent sherry whisky, very dense, saturated, a wide palette of derivatives, not limited to sherry invariants, a complex composition, but, with the exception of the initially squeezed aroma, it is very open and easy to read.
    • Nose
      Closed at first, but with good opening over time, you need to let it breathe, dry, old furniture, varnish, polish, prunes, raisins, burnt caramel, leavened wort, herbarium, blooming foliage, light sulfur-mineral shades, sweet notes of burnt jam, sand biscuits and salted caramel, machine oil, oiled rags, some industrial shades, dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      Saturated, dense, sweet and sour notes of wood, varnish, leather goods, sweet shades of burnt jam, stout, cola, sticky sulfur-mineral tones, dried mushrooms, raisins, prunes, burnt crackers, chocolate, tobacco.
    • Finish
      The continuation of the taste is soft, dense, rather invigorating than warming, a little more tart and astringent notes - persimmon, kvass, stout, nuts, coffee, burnt jam, metallic acidity.

  3. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. EJS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    So far only tasted undiluted.

    This laddie is very barrel heavy, which is already signaled by the color. Only a slight hint of sulfur in the nose after the initial pressure of 60% by volume. Otherwise slightly decayed wood and rather bitter notes. The typical cowshed also gets through easily. The taste shows more character and above all a remarkable aroma with many dark, tart notes (roasted aromas, bitter chocolate and walnut), yes very tasty. I wouldn't have thought after the first nose. A little bit spicy and rough when undiluted, but also nice and spicy.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Solid sherry whisky, without being put on, and looks older than it really is.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Heavy, dark sherry aromas on the nose. It is good to leave it covered in the snifter for 30 minutes. Old wax and leather, dry caramel candies; thick syrupy sweetness without having noticeable fruity notes (maybe some plum jam).
      Do I feel subtle smoke? Or is it oak wort from long storage?
    • Taste
      90 90
      The nose continues in the mouth. Thick and sweet at first. Without water, there is a lot of water on the tongue - the high alcohol content is noticeable. Now some fruit (raisins, pickled cherries). The dry sherry notes with old leather and dark chocolate push forward.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very long. First sweet, then dry sherry, espresso, dark chocolate.

  7. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. rpvdwel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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