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Bruichladdich 16 Year – Chateau d’Yquem


Bruichladdich 16 Year - Chateau D'Yquem Taste ProfileStats – 46% alcohol, aged in sauternes casks from Chateau D’Yquem (Cuvée E)
Price – $80
Color – Golden
Nose – Sweet baked apples, white grapes, and a little grassy.
Palate – Part of Bruichladdich’s “First Growth” series of experimenting with wine cask aging, Cuvée E casks come from the French sauternes estate Chateau D’Yquem.  Sweet and rich with just a hint of spice.  Almost no sense of iodine or peat, belying its Islay heritage.  Some citrus tang maybe a bit waxy.  Floral without being to light or airy, like a richer Dalwhinnie.

Alternatives:

  1. BenRiach 16 Year (83%)
  2. Redbreast 12 Year (83%)
  3. Springbank CV (83%)

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Bruichladdich 16 Year – Chateau Margaux


Bruichladdich 16 Year - Chateau Margaux Taste ProfileStats – 46% alcohol, aged in wine casks from Chateau Margaux (Cuvée C)
Price – $85
Color – Reddish straw, golden
Nose – Sweet and fruity, wine and white grapes.
Palate – Another of Bruichladdich’s excellent “First Growth” series of wine cask finishing.  Cuvée C uses casks from the French Bordeaux winery Chateau Margaux.  Sweet up front, spice and iodine kick up a touch.  The finish is smooth and fruity like white grapes or crisp green apples.  A little richness rounds things out.  Some peat is present also.  The body sees some floral scents and honey.  It gets sweeter as it breathes.

Alternatives:

  1. Longmorn 18 Year – Signatory (87%)
  2. 1792 Ridgemont Reserve (87%)
  3. Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year (86%)

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Bruichladdich Waves


Bruichladdich Waves Taste Profile
Stats – 46% alcohol, Non-chill filtered, Islay
Price – $50
Color – Mid-amber with a slight orange tinge
Nose – Peat smoke, subtle sweetness, maybe a touch of peaches
Palate – Peaty but Madeira cask finishing helps round this one out.  It has a smooth and buttery start.  The body picks up a bit of spice which is met with a nice fruity peach flavor.  Some floral heather and grassy notes spring up but are quickly matched with peat.  The smoke is not overpowering, yet impossible to ignore.  Some sulfur/iodine creeps in at the finish.  This is a good whisky that is well rounded and complex, a great drink year-round.

Alternatives:

  1. Kilchoman – Summer 2010 (84%)
  2. Ardbeg Corryvreckan (79%)
  3. Port Charlotte – An Turas Mor (74%)

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