Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Bruichladdich 10 (New & Old) Reviews

Hi everyone,

Another new one from Bruichladdich today, it’s the new 10yo. I tried the last version too and I’ll put my notes here for comparison but I did not directly compare these.

As with the Octomore OBA, I was a Birmingham whisky festival and the guys from Living Room Whisky let me try some of this one too. Thanks guys!

Bruichladdich 10 Second Limited Ed. 50%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Floral and slightly lactic. Vanilla, flower blossom, really fresh but with a slightly musty note, wool. A complex nose.
Taste: Soft, light, vanilla, flower blossom, freshly washed linen (a strange one I agree, but really nice!), oily and mouth coating. Something dunnage, musty. Oak in there as well, but in the background.
Finish: Long length. Lemon then more freshly washed linen.
A lovely light style. None of the maritime salt I remember from the previous version, but a great mix of those musty dunnage notes and fresh floral notes.
75/100

Bruichladdich 10 year old 46%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Light/Medium
Nose: Light, fruity and floral. Waxy bourbon hints with vanilla and honey, toffee, Christmas cake hints and a faint wisp of wood smoke. Going more perfumed (Champhor, scented candle) and floral (Violets, heather and buttercups). Oaky tannins and some chocolate.
Taste: A coastal arrival with lots of brine, going creamier, lots of sea salt and spray with a building heat. Drying oak tannins.
Finish: Medium length. Strong coffee hit then fading pepper and sea salt.
Discontinued because it was so popular. I prefer the new version, which fits with most of the Bruichladdich range really. Think I prefer Adam Hannett’s style of batches to Jim’s (Sorry Jim!).
72/100

Thanks for reading!

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