Bruichladdich Peat 5cl miniature 46% ABV
Bruichladdich distillery can be found in the Rhinns of Islay, a peninsula at the North of the island. The distillery present themselves as the ‘Progressive Hebridean Distillers’ and strive for a characterful and genuine Islay Malt. Under the Master Distiller Jim McEwan I say they’re doing a great job. I have previously enjoyed their Octomore 06.1 which is peated at a lip smacking 167ppm of phenols. The Bruichladdich Peat comes unchill filtered, at 46% ABV, is in it’s natural shade with no colourings and peated at 35ppm.
Colour: natural, light yellow.
Nose: Sherry, fruity and sharp. Peaty pear drops and sweet earthy peat. Vanilla. Citrus, oranges and lemons. Opens up with a splash of water. a vibrant whisky.
Palate: a thick syrupy and mouth coating body. It’s sweet and smoky. Creamy fresh peat and a little spice, black pepper. Some Sherry notes. Toffee and treacle. Slightly bitter chocolate towards the middle. Great woody-ness.
Finish: Vanilla, oak and woody. A great finish that lasts and ties the whisky together well.
A very drinkable no age statement peated Islay malt. Well balanced with bags of peat, but allowing other flavours to come through too. I really enjoyed this and hopefully I can track down a bottle.