A single malt whisky distilled at Bowmore in 2001, where it was aged in bourbon casks. Then taken to Bruichladdich distillery for Port Pipes finishing in 2010. Limited release of 1066 bottles. Bottling of Murray McDavid.
Magnificent whisky just like many of the sherry cask finished smoky drams. Port casks and peat really go together well. They are like Starsky and Hutch, completing and complimenting each other.
Nose: Peat is powerful at the start, turning into toffee with time. Sweet, yet there’s a salty sea breeze on the back. Very earthly.
Taste: Sweet peat continues to dominate with hints of smoke. Grassy and earthly. Dry with berries. Few drops of water adds minty notes.
Finish: Lingering peppers and peat. Fresh berries such as lingonberry. Mint dominates after the addition of water.
Balance: Not a complex one, but still a beauty. Very powerful in every way. Sweet and earthly dram.
Nose: 23 | Taste: 22 | Finish: 23 | Balance: 23
Overall score: 91
Bottler: Murray McDavid