The term 'Diaspora', Greek for 'scattering', refers to 'the existence of national or cultural (...) communities abroad, after they have left their traditional homeland and sometimes are scattered across much of the world.'
So far so good. But what does all this have to do with Bruichladdich? The Diaspora Laddie is also called the HOMECOMING VALINCH. It was selected by Master Distiller Jim McEwan in 2009 on the occasion of Homecoming Scotland. Homecoming is a series of events marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scottish national poet Robert Burns. It began on January 25, 2009 (Burns Night) and ran until November 30 (St. Andrews Day) of the year. The initiative, funded by the EU among other things, assumed that every Scotsman living in his home country would have five others who could live in other countries, so to speak, in the DIASPORA, claim Scottish origin and continue to regard themselves as Scots. There were different, big topics at the time. From the Burns-related festivities to Scotland's culture and heritage to, of course, the ubiquitous ... Whisky!
The malt itself is one of the typical examples of how perfectly a finish in a wine barrel can complement a bourbon storage. 'ACE'd in Mourvèdre Syrah' is what Laddie calls this. Mourvèdre is a red wine variety, which is mainly distributed in Spain and southern France. Syrah, on the other hand, is known as the jewel of the northern Rhone Valley. Mourvèdre Syrah is traditionally a common 'mix' in southern France, but also in other parts of the world. So not about two barrels for ripening (Mourvèdre & Syrah), but a mixed wine barrel.
EYE / NOSE
Deep, dark amber color, already visually a pleasure in the glass. This is all the more true because the - barrel size typical - evenly sized bubbles on the edge of Blender's glass, as well as the long, oily streaks, underline the positive impression powerful. Then the nose. Wow! The malt answers with a bang. A great introduction, I could enjoy this scent for hours. Strong, spicy and wonderfully aromatic, the diaspora wafts out of the glass vessel to the connoisseur. Fine vanilla and caramel notes are reminiscent of the years of Bourbon storage. Behind it with power and unmistakable, the wine influences. Dark grapes meet honey sweetness. Various spices from the kitchen cabinet, such as cloves, bay leaves and dried thyme complete the diverse fragrance bouquet. Later, leathery impressions join. Cinnamon Orange I've heard several times during the tasting from the circle of participants. With a little goodwill, certainly that too. Great nose anyway. Syrah-Mourvèdre seems to be an ideal combination for the ripening of whisky or laddie. Amazing that the combination has not really come before me yet. Maybe we have it here but also simply to do with an exception. Naturally difficult to answer from today's perspective. I have to tear myself away and sip cautiously, hoping that the taste can match the smell of the malt.
Oily, as he already appeared on the glass so is the first impression on the palate. I perceive a pleasant, full-bodied warmth and intense vinous notes. Only a little vanilla lets us guess the years of bourbon storage, and in addition, the Mourvèdre-Syrah influences give the whisky a great structure. The tannins from the red wine are wonderfully integrated. A little bit of lingering remains, but no deep tannin bitterness, which is sometimes found in red wine finishes. A pleasant velvety and above all a lot of spicy sweetness characterize the character of the Diaspora. If you go further to the bottom of the aromas, you will find plums, blackcurrant jelly, a touch of white pepper and our well-known, small mixture of herbs and kitchen from the nose.
FINISH / CONCLUSION
What do you expect after the previous, famous, impression? Warm, vinous, luckily never ending finish. The oak is present but not disturbing. A malt as it should be, without blemish. If one likes wine storage (or rather finishes), one can hardly escape the expression, structure and warm elegance of the Diaspora.
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