Whisky Review – Bruichladdich 10 – the Laddie Ten


Bruichladdich – 10 year old
46%ABV
Non-chill filtered
No added colour.
£31.91 at MasterOfMalt

Nose.

Smokey fruit stew. For an un-peated dram, it’s got some real smoke in the nose. The fruit is rich and has some great depths. Feels older than 10. We have overripe melon, ripe lemons, citrus rind, some light vanilla and honey all with a smokey BBQ coating. There’s a little meatiness in the background of the BBQ. Getting some seaside, maritime notes now. It’s a compelling, complex nose, which continually evolves and intrigues in the glass.

Palate.

Savoury, some dry fruits, smoke, saltiness. Medicinal notes come through mid palate. Fruit continues through the development, that mixmash of stewed and overripe citrus sings about the place.

Finish.

Mouth coating, drying, smoke and maritime remain. It’s not massively maritime or peaty like many islay whiskies, but it has enough to make you know this is from the island.

Adding water.

This is quite easy going at undiluted strength. But adding a small drop of water to see what’s what. A little less maritime and smoke on the nose. Fruit comes to the forefront. The palate is lighter on the mouthfeel, but remains similar in flavour profile and development in the mouth. It’s overall quite a bit crisper and lighter. The finish is less smokey, and sweeter.

Conclusion.

Personally i prefer this one undiluted. This is a unique whisky. I’ve been a fan of this whisky and Bruichladdich since early in my whisky journey, just never got around to writing about it. I love the 10 year old, it’s a stable dram, complex undiluted and worthy of lengthy investigation. A true journey of smell and taste.

.

20130907-230224.jpg

Whisky Review – Tamdhu 10 year old

Tamdhu 10 year old
40% ABV
£30.45 from MasterOfMalt

Colour. Gold

Nose.

Starts off a little spirity. But time in the glass and this lifts. A light sherried malt presents itself now. Not intense or pungent. But robust and asserted. Lots of rum soaked raisins and sultanas. Some honey and brown sugar and nuts in the background.

Palate.

Sweet. Slow arrival. Pepper heat of youth comes through but dark fruits and oak spices soon overpowers this and become dominant. Honey and brown sugar then come and stay for the mouth duration. Quite an oily spirit, considering its lower ABV and presentation.

Finish.

Medium. Honey. Sugar. Fruit stays on the palate until the end. A little bitter at the very tail but remains palatable.

Adding water?

Any spirty edge is dissipated with a small drop of h2o. The nose becomes more rounded, settled, sweet and fruity. The honey malt stays. It’s a soft, subtle, easy dram. On the diluted palate there is the familiar sweet honey and is smoother for the water. Still has a nice oily feel though. Finish is very nice, sweet and smoother and just plain nice!

Conclusion.

It’s a good easy drinker of a dram that needs a small drop of water to take the youth off. This dram at 15/18 years old should be stonking! Just a little time to wait. The dram does continue to develop in the glass. This is a brand new opened bottle which makes me think its worth going back in a month or so after its got some air to it.

One last thing. It’s got an awesome bottle! Really heavy and quality glass!

20130617-155534.jpg

Talisker – a Time of Tasting Tantalising Treats

Talisker Time

Having a little comparison of a Talisker session. Enjoy. I did!

Talisker 10 year old.
45.8%

£32.53 from Master of Malt

Nose.

Bonfire smokey glory! This is bonfire smoke. Very bonfire night. Salty seashore. Smoked mackerel. Some fruity plum jam in the background after 15 mins in the glass. Intense pepper.

Palate.

Hot pepper. Develops into live bonfire flavours. Salty maritime flavours. Nice oils on the mouthfeel.

Finish.

The smoke stays. The pepper warms. And I feel good!

Adding water?

Just a few drops into half a dram. A little more medicinal on the nose. Mouth feel is less oily. Palate not quite as vibrant. Finish is more maritime and salty. It’s ok with water. But for me. Without is better.

Conclusion.

This is a unique dram. It’s bloody great. I’ve not tried too many variants of talisker. I’ve heard the 18 is particularly good. I’m going to get a dram soon to do a compare.

Talisker 2001 distillers edition.
Finish in Amoroso casks
45.8%

£59.57 from Master of Malt

Nose.

Sweeter than 10 year old. All the usual talisker parts are there. Smoked fish. Bonfires. But there is a fruity note that encompasses the smoke. It’s a nice balance. The fruity jam compliments the smoke. While smoked fish jam doesn’t sound appealing I think it’s quite good in my glass!

Palate.

Pepper spicy smoke is there. But a sweetness from the fruit jams. Hmmm. I like the softer feel to this. It’s very moreish.

Finish.

Not quite as harsh as the 10. It has all the warmth and glow. But a dried fruitiness hangs around.

Adding water?

I’m tempted not to add water. But I’ll put a drop in for science-sake. The smoke is toned down and extra fruits are identifiable. Very orange marmalade and some plum/raisin notes. Spices are enhanced. Less oily in the mouth but has more going for it. The fruit develops more layers. Not as smoky though. Finish has piles more fruit. Hmmm. Difficult to say if I like it more with or without water drops. It very definitely changes but I’m not sure if it’s for the better. More experimentation needed.

Conclusion.

It’s quite a different dram. Less autumn. More Christmas! I like it a lot!

Talisker storm.
45.8%

£39.75 from Master of Malt

Nose.

Extreme peat. Tcp. Medicinal. The leafy wood bonfires are gone for pure peat smoke. There is a little bit of the old maritime in the background but this is all about the peat. Quite fascinating that it can be so different to the 10. I wonder what the maturation changes are. It’s younger so is this what the raw spirit (I’d love to try the raw spirit) is about or was there different cask influences involved. Or a different cut of the spirit. Intriguing. It’s very intense! Smells stronger even in alcohol content even tho I know they are all the same! Youth coming through obviously.

Palate.

Hot pepper is there. There is a sweeter peat and grassy nature to this one. Much more islay in style. There is a little of the talisker bonfire smoke on the palate but it takes some sucking to get through.

Finish.

Sweet and long. Not as spicy or wood driven as the 10/DE.

Adding water?

After adding a drop I found the nose even more medicinal initially with some more familiar bonfire in the works. On the palate it’s sweeter and lighter. The finish gives more traditional Talisker likenesses.

Conclusion.

Well. I have to be honest. This one is not so much for me. I really like the 10 year old. I wouldn’t be without a bottle on hand for autumn. The storm is a very nice islay-like dram with elements of Skye in there. But I like pure Skye myself. It’s just my own opinion. No offence intended!

Tantalising talisker tasting totals!

I don’t give scores. But if I did your in the 80s and early 90s! My personal order of preference is

Talisker 2001 Distiller’s Edition
Talisker 10 year old
Talisker Storm

Samples bought from Master of Malt

20130423-232421.jpg

20130423-232433.jpg

20130423-232446.jpg