Islay region – 46%ABV – 750ml bottle – $55 | £40
Another great Bruichladdich came my way. This time in the form of a sample from my friend “O.K.” Bruichladdich is one of these lesser known whiskies here in the states – especially when going to a bar (unless it’s a really good one like The Daily Pint that I just went to with a new friend – a post on that later with details of a new reader challenge issued to yours truly!).
A run of the mill bar in the US just does not carry a good selection of Scotch whiskies (or American whiskeys for that matter). Most bars have the token Jameson, Dewar’s, Johnnie Walker Red & Black label, Chivas Regal 12yr and maybe a 12yr Glenlivet or Glenfiddich. I’m not knocking these whiskies – they’re all nice and very drinkable. But, nothing super special.
I would love to start seeing some (at the very least) entry level Highland Park, Bruichladdich, Ardbeg, Glenmorangie, Balblair, Cragganmore… the list can go on and on. I’ve been trying to edu-m’cate my local watering holes but, I can’t do it everywhere I go. Your average red-blooded American does not have access to the finer Scotch whiskies and it’s a damn shame.
Let me get on to my review of the whisky at hand: Bruichladdich 3D3!
On the nose — Sweet peat, honey, green apples, something a bit bitter (can’t quite place it), baby vomit, latex gloves, cheddar cheese (or more like salty cheese crackers, think Gold Fish) – came back for another nosing and found some nice flowery notes popped up and slight grassiness – perhaps lemongrass – Loving this nose – very complex!
On the mouth — Nice peat attach right up front – quite good, I like this at 46%, briny and a little like cocktail sauce (or the lemons from it),
Nice chewy mouth feel, celery salt. This is really done well – Kudos ‘laddies!
Finish — Long, peaty, smoke, honey and rubber. The peat has violated every part of my mouth (wow, that sounds a little…dirty) – a Bruichladdich done quite right!
In sum — There are so many great Bruichladdich expressions and while all of them (at least the ones I tried) are quite different from one another, you know you’re going to go on a great ride with these malts. This being said, you can, for the most part, always count on a delicious fruitiness to be your driver through the Bruichladdich journey. While I normally go for the peatier stuff during the cold seasons, I would have no problem reaching for this at any time of year.
For those confused by the “Baby vomit” descriptor, check out Guid Scotch Drink’s “Say What!?” post to better understand what I’m really smelling when I say “Baby Vomit”
Also, check out Whisky Israel’s post of the Bruichladdich 3D3, Gal has gone to great lengths to fill you in on who this malt was made for (or is in honor of): Norrie Campbell