Sunday, December 21, 2014

12/19 - It's a Laddie night

A while ago we decided to have a relaxed evening with some food and a Bruichladdich tasting - some actual bottlings and some stuff from the older days...

As an appetizer we already started with some high quality stuff, the Vintage 1970 followed by the Golder Still 1984. What a fantastic start...

Bruichladdich 1970, 10yo. from the 70s, 1966 Prenzlow Edition

Bruichladdich 1970

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Buichladdich Golder Still 1984

Now to the food... whisky-marinated salmon, no Laddie but an old bottling of the Bowmore Claret, some whisky-flavored cheese and some of my cured and hotsmoked pork fillet. The smoky aromas were complimented very well by the whisky. The 1998 Oloroso Sherry Cask Edition, the 10yo. bottled in the 70s and the 12yo. were a perfect match.

Whisky-marinated salmon

Whisky cheese and smoked pork fillet

Bruichladdich 1998, 10yo. Oloroso Sherry

Bruichladdich 10yo., bottled in the 70s

Bruichladdich 12yo.

The main course was served... and accompanied by the 15yo., Second Edition, which's been finished in a Chateau Yquem Cask... an awesome whisky at an affordable price (if you bought it at the right time). It's followed by the 18yo., another wine cask finished one... this time Clos Uroulat Jurancon, a sweet wine from Southern France at the foot of the Pyrenees.

At this point it's time for a special bottling, a private bottling from some guys in Sweden. I met them last year at the Bowmore House during our time on Islay. We'd a good time together and the offered my the possibility to buy a bottle or two of their own cask that they've at Bruichladdich. 10 years old and bottled at 64.9 %! What a powerhouse! Usually I prefer my whisky neat but this one definitely needed water... and a lot of water was necessary to mellow it down... but then there was a big surprise because it reminded all of us of the old style Laddies which've been distilled in the 50s, 60s and 70s... I'm glad that I've a second bottle of that stuff in my stock!

Bruichladdich 15yo., Chateau Yquem Cask finish

Bruichladdich 18yo., Clos Uroulat Cask finish

Bruichladdich 10yo., Private bottling

Before we'd the dessert, a whisky mousse which has been made with a 1983 Glendronach, we took some liquid dessert.

A 10yo. bottled in the 80s followed by a 15yo., also bottled in the 80s. The 15yo. definitely needs a lot of time in the glass to develop, we gave it at least 20 minutes (that's what I had in mind from my own experience). Both had a nice touch of dried fruits, hints of salt and an intensive aroma of cereals and barley... wow... simply amazing. Those standards from the older days beat the so called high quality products from these days by far...

Bruichladdich 10yo., bottled in the 80s

Bruichladdich 15yo., bottled in the 80s

After those two whiskys my personal highlights follwed:
  • 1966 Jack Wiebers Prenzlow Portfolio Edition... what an amazing whisky... complexity on a absolutely high level, perfectly balanced in the taste... 
  • 1966 Riserva Veronelli, Sherry Cask... another bottling for Italy, massive on the sherry side which needs a good amount of water to mellow it down but than it's an terrific whisky... wow!
Bruichladdich 1966, Prenzlow Edition

Bruichladdich 1966, Riserva Veronelli, Sherry Cask