Hunter Laing Bruichladdich Tasting Notes

Posted: June 27, 2013 in Bruichladdich, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Bruichladdich 2003 (12 year old) 50%

Bourbon Barrel/ Code: OMC2533/ HL12144

Dist: Nov 2004 Btl: Nov 2015/ Tasted: Jan 2016

The aromas are quite gritty with coal dust and phenolic, briny peat. Lovely intensity and depth with some barley and baked fruit beneath the stinky, manurey peat.

The palate opens with the sweet-ish barley and slightly toffee’d oak, before the gritty, raw peat and dry some comes through. Very slight coastal note on the middle. Long and citric with coffee, gritty peat smoke, smoked meat, sweet peat and a touch of violets on the finish.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Bruichladdich 1988 (25 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2263/ Dist: Feb 1988 Btl: May 2013/ Tasted: June 2013

A gorgeously fresh and mature nose of lightly briny baked apple and barley. Fragrant and floral with hints of honeysuckle, apple blossom, green apple, under ripe banana, guava and honeydew melon. Oooh! It’s becoming very tropical now! Stunningly fruity with a background of subtle yet mature oak. Light, duty spices mingle effortlessly with the lightly creamy oak vanillins.

Lightly creamy oak to begin with on the palate with a touch of butter toffee, then the green apple, banana, honeydew melon follows. The drying spices an oak come through on the middle with a little salt but the fruit return brining hints of barley, straw and citrus. Very, very long with hints of white liquorice, light coal dust, sweet dusty spices and dark chocolate on the finish. A superb, old ‘laddie!

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