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Bruichladdich - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

(50cl, 52.7%)

Bruichladdich - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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Bruichladdich TBWC #2 Bottling Note

Nice to see you, to see you... Anyway, the second batch of Bruichladdich single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company has arrived, and with it we revisit the pinnacle of TV game shows - The Generation Game. However, for this laddie, there's no fondue set or dinner service in sight. Instead, it's all clever representations of Bruichladdich releases on the conveyor belt, like some DNA for the DNA releases, some Renaissance art for the Renaissance bottling and an octopus with spiders at the end of each of its eight tentacles for the Octomore range!

Whether or not they'd remember the cuddly toy at the end of the round, That Boutique-y Whisky Company has bottled an absolute beaut of a Bruichladdich. Didn't they do well?

Batch 2 is a release of 226 bottles.

‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ bottles single malts, single grains, blended malts, blends and bourbons from a variety of renowned distilleries. These whiskies are adorned with cultish graphic-novel-style labels.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A little musky at first - takes us back to the Bruichladdich warehouses and our Fèis Ìle 2014 tasting with Jim McEwan. Cigar box and tobacco leaf too, making way for red fruit (raspberries?), vanilla, red lace liquorice and black pepper. Summer pudding.

Palate: Quite vinous on the palate, still very 'red', with more cigar box and some fruity marinaded barbecue char.

Finish: You're smoking a cigar just as some chap on the far side of the terrace whips out a hookah and slowly but surely starts to enjoy some strawberry tobacco. Or something. It's nice.

Overall: A huge Bruichladdich from That Boutique-y Whisky Company.

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Bruichladdich - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company) Reviews

A Wonderful Way to Finish the Islay Whisky Tasting Set

Bruichladdich Batch 2: From “That Boutique-y Whisky Company

3 cl (1 fl oz.) sample, 52.7% ABV

Color: Deep, rich butterscotch amber. Most definitely the deepest and darkest of all the 5 3 cl samples in the Islay Tasting Flight from Drinks By the Dram.

On the Nose: Because it is 52.7% ABV, I had to breathe the spirit and allow the sharpness of the alcohol to dissipate for a few minutes after pouring: Vanilla creme, dry and dusty sweet pipe tobacco, touch of dried cherry, and subtle tones toffee and burnt caramel. Surprisingly little to no traditional Islay smoke or peat notes.

Neat Tasting: A very pleasing toffee sweetness on the tip of the tongue which effortlessly slides into an inviting and lingering oaky, black peppery spiciness and then just as smoothly - slides into a lightly, with a sherry dryness and tartness which is slightly mouth watering and puckering. But am I also sensing a Port influence in the finish? There is a dark grape jelly aftertaste that is just ever so faintly there at the back of the tongue.

With 1 tsp distilled water: The water unlocked a slight increase of that sweet, toffee note with a touch more butterscotch and vanilla essence to the palate. There was a slight improvement to the spiciness and it seems to linger just a tad bit more, but loses a touch of that balanced and rounded maltiness discovered in the neat tasting.

Final Thoughts: Enjoyably puzzling...and the reason why I describe this expression in such a fashion is because I found this tasting incredibly unusual for what I have come to expect from an “Islay” - even somewhat “unconventional”. The Bruichladdich Batch 2 is very complex, bold, and balanced - but without an age statement, it is difficult to say with certainty that this is older than 10 years. The roundness and robustness certainly indicates that it has been maturing in Oak barrels for some time; younger spirits tend to have a slightly sharper profile. I found it somewhat refreshing that you didn’t experience that traditional medicinal profile that is typically the trademark of the Islays - especially Lahproaig and to some degree Ardbeg and Lagavulin. I found this as enjoyable as the Kilchoman Abbey Whisky Edition PX (Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask finish) primarily because I do enjoy the higher ABV as it tends to promote a stronger flavor fingerprint than lower abv products. But that is of course my taste and overall enjoyment for bolder flavors. Malt Score: 90/100 just for the sheer unusualness of it.

8th September 2015

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