Saturday, April 17, 2010

04/16 - Bruichladdich Vertical Tasting

Yesterday I met with 6 other guys for our third Whiskytasting at the Griffins Business Lounge in Kreuzlingen. This time the topic was: Bruichladdich Vertical Tasting.

The Line-up was as follows:

  • Bruichladdich 1998 Oloroso Sherry Edition, 10 yo.

  • Bruichladdich 12 yo., First Edition, Ex-Bourbon Cask

  • Bruichladdich XV, Second Edition, Chateau Yquem Cask Finish

  • Bruichladdich XII, First Edition, Ex-Bourbon Cask

  • Bruichladdich 18 yo., Second Edition, Jurancon (Clos Urolat) Cask Finish

  • Bruichladdich Black Art 1989, French Red Wine Cask Finish

This range was all on a high level and nobody disliked any of them but there where two ones to be the best of the panel, I think it was a head to head race:
  • Bruichladdich XV, Second Edition, Chateau Yquem Cask Finish
  • Bruichladdich Black Art 1989, French Red Wine Cask Finish

Both showed a very interesting balance between the specific woody and salty flavor of the Whisky and the sweetness in the taste which was caused by the finish in the special wine casks.

Due to the fact that we also wanted to have some cigars with the Whisky I did some testing before and found out that the following would match very good:
  • ERdM Gran Corona (also other ERdM's would be fine): this cigar goes along perfect with the 10 and the 15 yo. which have both a certain sweetness (Sherry cask maturation and Chateau Yquem Finish) but also were a good balance to the Vanilla of the 12 yo.
  • Sancho Panza Belicosos: Due to the age the last three Whiskys had some more intensive flavors of the wood and saltiness, but also sweetness because of the different finishs (only the 17 yo. was from an Ex-Bourbon cask)... perfectly added by the Sancho Panza which has some saltiness, also some grassy flavors...

It was another great evening with a nice bunch of guys. We had a lot of fun to discuss cigars and whisky.... and enjoying both....

I have some more ideas for upcoming events.... but before I make anything public I have to think about it.... The last three events raised the bar and it'll be even more difficult to have another highlight...

Last but not least: a big thank you to Max who came from Austria (app. 5 to 6 hrs. ride) to join us... it was a pleasure to meet you again!


  1. Thx Heiko! It was a genius tasting and a pleasure for me to be part of it!!

    BUT .. we have to talk about the picture ;-)

    I hope to be really soon back to the swiss...


  2. The pic is called: Max admiring the holy ash...

  3. Very nice line-up.....