Berry Brothers Bruichladdich Tasting Notes

Posted: August 25, 2011 in Bruichladdich, Scotch Whisky A-G

Berry Bros Bruichladdich 1988 (19 year old) 46%

Bourbon Cask 1879/ Dist: 1988 Btl: 2007/ Tasted: Nov 2008

Great nose. Pure, juicy, tropical laddie aromas with a Sauvignon Blanc/ gooseberry/ green fruit tinge. Crisp and mineraly with dusty honey, malt and barley. It doesn’t stop there! Next comes lovely cinnamon flecked banana and yet more honey. Devine! Slightly perfumed and ethereally complex.

The palate is a lot more delicate than the nose would suggest. It begins well enough with the slightly coastal fruit notes along with some crème caramel. After such a wonderful nose the palate is a bit watery and so-so. The finish is spirity and disappointing with the finale being pretty much all wood. I think it would have been better to have bottled this a few years earlier.

Berry Brothers Bruichladdich 1991 (21 year old) 51.6%

Bourbon Cask 2988/ Dist: 1991 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: Apr 2013

A darkly spiced nose of baked apple with a touch of peat smoke. Lightly maritime with some developing liquorice, elderflower and orchid notes. Dense and perfumed with an almost pollen like quality. If you suffer from hay fever then this is probably not for you! 

The palate is dry and woody to start. Again full of dark, baked fruit and a touch of fudgy oak. Some floral, alcoholic and salty notes appear on the middle along with a touch of creamy apricot. It feels a little tired to be honest with the wood encroaching on the finish although it does impart some spices. 

A drop of water makes the nose rather oily with an almost confected refill sherry character. The palate has unfortunately become lightly cardboardy. Still there’s some baked fruit hanging in there but the finish is very bitter. I had a feeling that might happen.

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