Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Strawberry Fields? Bruchladdich 16yo

Members will remember that the first D.T.W.C. meeting was not a resounding success for the Honorable Member for Ultimo, and that I only managed half a dram of the Talisker. Therefore, in the company of our esteemed President and Secretary, I recently approached Bruichladdich First Growth 16yo Cuvee A: Pauillac Chateau Lafite with some trepidation.

The vast majority of modern whiskies are aged in bourbon barrels, however, the Bruichladdich 16yr is aged in Chateau Lafite oak wine barrels that were used for their Cabernet/Merlot blend. You immediately notice the red hue to the whisky. It also has a naturally dark colour and I noted that no colouring had been added to the whisky.

I first tasted whisky when I was around 10 years old from my fathers glass. Such a young palate found whisky incredibly harsh and today it is still the harshness of whisky that repels me. The smooth silkiness of the Bruichladdich is what drew me in.

The nose is very clean. Fruity, blackcurrants and a hint of smokiness. I didn't detect the mint that some tasting notes I have read detected.

On the palate there is the immediate burst of alcohol, but this soon melts away leaving fruit on the palate. Strawberries are the key sensation you are supposed to get, but I have to admit that they didn't come through for me. It can apparently take 30 minutes to come through. The finish is quite dry.

I still only managed one dram, I wouldn't want to push the rehabilitation.

Four lightning bolts out of seven.

The Converted,