Distilled by an earlier generation of Bruichladdich stillmen, this unpeated Bruichladdich spirit lay untouched in our loch-side warehouses for 17 short years before Jim had a vision for its future. In a risky turn, he transferred this already precious spirit into the finest French oak casks from Bordeaux of the very highest provenance. This final decade in Bordeaux wine casks brings structure, balance and layers of complexity to an otherwise simplistic dram. Just 12,000 bottles of the Bruichladdich HB’90 are available exclusively through Global Travel Retail. Each is individually numbered and bottled at a cask strength of 49.5% alc. Vol.
Distilled in 1990, unpeated
Aroma – Initially sweet red fruit – cherry, strawberry then dried fruit – raisin, date and apricot syrup. Candied orange peel and lemon balm. Through the fruit comes chocolate, toast- ed oak, roasted hazelnuts and a briny note like salted honey. The boiled sweet notes of strawberry and orange are constant and the toasted oak gives depth to the nose.
Taste – After the luscious notes on the nose this is surprisingly light and elegant on the palate. The so texture holds a depth of flavour, again dominated by boiled sweet style fruit but the French oak gives structure and balance with its tannins. There is roasted coffee, amaretto, apricot and toasted malty bread show the presence and depth in the oak.
Finish – Chocolate, amaretto, a hint of spicy clove then rose petal come through as the fruit fades. Last is the wonderful note of toasted oak, gentle yet firm on the palate.
Mood – Reflective. Writing this taste note has taken time as I waited for this whisky to reveal its delicate notes. Sitting looking out on the shore of Lochindaal watching the waves gently lap on the sand as the sun casts is morning glow over the hills was the perfect way to appreciate the subtlety and depth in this whisky. Peace and solitude allow this dram to shine.