The Schtick: This is an independent bottler release of 14 year old Bruichladdich spirit by the Jewish Whisky Company’s Single Cask Nation It has been fully matured in first fill oloroso casks and is bottled at cask strength with no coloring or filtering.
This is the fifth and final day in my mini series: Single Cask Nation Spotlight. If you missed a previous day, here ya go:
- Day 1, Tamdhu 10yr Single Cask Nation 2007 Rye Cask Finish
- Day 2, Glen Moray 12yr Single Cask Nation 2004 Madeira Cask Finish
- Day 3, Highland Park 13yr Single Cask Nation 2004 “Stones of Stenness”
- Day 4, Laphroaig 5yr Single Cask Nation 2011 Ex-Bourbon
Distiller: Bruichladdich (Islay)
Bottler: Single Cask Nation
ABV: 60.2% ABV
Distilled: November 2002
Bottled: September 2017
Bottle Count: One of 264 bottles.
Age: 14 Years
Maturation: First Fill Oloroso Sherry
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: Pungent peat, earthy vegetal funk, rich stewed fruits and vibrant currants, blackberry and cherry. Faint minerality, light soapstone and some brine and pepper. Powerful.
Taste: Thick, rich and briney. Very little heat despite the elevated ABV. First I notice a wealth of berries – blackberries, currants, cherries as well as stewed fruits like figs, dates and a toffee note. Rich pipe tobacco, cracked black pepper and oak are present as well. Excellent structure. The peat storms in, earthy and vegetal. Some sea air. No iodine or bandages here. Dark chocolate.
Finish: Long, rich and ashy. Lots more ash and burning wood here than in the palate, with the fruits and chocolate taking a back seat. Great oak integration, rich pepper, musty tobacco and then a blackberry preserve note.
Overall: All throughout the bottle as I’ve worked through it, I’ve more or less anguished over where this falls to me. Some days I wanted it to be peatier. Others, fruitier. In the end, though, it’s clear to me that this strikes a very noteworthy balance between the two, without muting either. Over time, the musty tobacco notes have really grown, which plays perfectly with the berries, the peat, the ash, the brine and the fig. I’d be remiss to give this anything less than what I settled on. It’s incredible stuff.
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