I really appreciate Bruichladdich stepping up to the plate and offering an organically responsible whisky. Well done!!!!! And the flavor is fantastic!
24th November 2013
It's all about the barley
This whiskey shows what Barley tastes like. If you want to see what really makes Scotch different from Bourbon or Rye, you must try either this one or another of the Bruichladdich Barley offerings.BTW it is also delicious!
5th September 2013
Bruichladdich seems to be on a noble mission to bring "terroir" to Islay whisky, and perhaps to finally bring some control of the product back into the hands of the Ileachs who make the stuff. The idea here is less to promote organic farming than to promote hand-crafted authenticity and local autonomy, and the star of this particular show is the barley, produced by small local farmers. To give the barley center stage, the peat and barrel effects are kept appropriately subtle. I can easily imagine what the new-make spirit must have tasted like. This is incredibly smooth stuff, the heart of the heart, with no trace of nasty feints. This spirit does not need extended aging, which would only ruin it anyway. We are being treated to a lesson here. This is what Islay barley is like; this is what Scotland can do when it wants to. Taste, and learn. The nose made me imagine what a cotton candy made from spun brown barley sugar might smell like. The taste transported me to an Islay barley-field on a warm, sea-breezy early autumn day. This whiksy is a love letter, but also a demonstration that the people who live and work on Islay know best how to use and care for that island.
21st April 2012
I've just tasted my first glass of The Organic Multi-Vintage and I found it great. Neat, it holds inside green apples dipped into the malty notes. Something like an Italian apple-Grappa or a very alcoholic south-tyrol apfelsaft. The apple wins the first sip, and the alcohol vol. demands water. With a teaspoon and a half of water at the nose, Italian "crema" ice-cream comes out, and it becomes almost a crème anglaise, or an Italian "crema pasticcera". The finish is not as long as I would like, but there is, and cereal notes keeps longer then the apple ones, which disappear almost immediately while swallowing. I'm not an expert drinker. A part from some blended whiskies, I've tasted some of the most famous Islay peaty ones. My favourite one, even comparing to an Ardbeg 10, is the Caol Ila 12 for its balance and complexity, so take my review as the one of an enthusiast who doesn't find the heaven in Lagavulin 16, who thinks that Talisker 10 doesn't worth the price, and who appreciates more the balance of complexity and deliacy, than the alcohol punch. Actually this Bruichladdich Organic MV is not as complex as a Caol Ila 12 in my opinion, and surely it hasn't that long finish. But to me it's been a pleasing different whisky. But it's been my first Bruichladdich too!
25th January 2012