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Bruichladdich Renaissance Feis Ile 2011 Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Bruichladdich

A special release of Bruichladdich for the Feis Ile 2011 Festival and quite an interesting whisky. Let’s review it.

“Fantastic! Good earthy peat and a delicious fruity spices aromas that are taken to the next level with some notes of ground roasted coffee”

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Bruichladdich Renaissance Feis Ile 2011
This was bottled in 2011 by Bruichladdich for the Feis Ile (Islay Festival). It was distilled on the 11th September 2001, and was aged in bourbon wood before bottling at the age of 9 years old. Very interesting this. Well worth a try.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (91): more than average. honey, peat, fruits, plums, wood, spices, apples, cinnamon, salt.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, wood, spices, citrus, peat, coffee, cinnamon.

Finish (90): longer than average. honey, spices, peat.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bruichladdich Renaissance Feis Ile 2011 with 90 points over 100.

Miguel says…

Slightly peated and utterly delicious. This is the Bruichladdie kind of whisky that I love.


Bruichladdich The Organic Multi Vintage Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Bruichladdich

I usually love the subtle peatiness of Laddie whiskies and some of their unpeated drams are quite enjoyable. As you know Bruichladdich was reopened a bit after the new millenium and it has been under a new “regime” for a few years.

“It is too young for my taste... I miss the good old days of a bit peated Laddies... the good old times...”

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Bruichladdich The Organic Multi Vintage

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (88): more than average. honey, citrus, floral, spices, vanilla, apricot.

Palate (87): powerful, oily. honey, floral, citrus, fruits, vanilla, salt.

Finish (87): longer than average. honey, floral.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bruichladdich The Organic Multi Vintage with 87 points over 100.

Miguel says…

This is one of my biggest fears with NAS whiskies… that under the excuse of picking the very best casks without caring about age you usually end up buying whisky that would be better inside of a cask for a few years more. This Bruichladdie whisky will be awesome in ten years more but right now is too young for my taste.


FT: Octomore whiskies

By Miguel in Tasting , Bruichladdich

- Look mum! There is a gazillion pounds on the floor.
– Nice, go and get one Octomore bottle, try to buy some glasses with the rest of the money.

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I love peated whiskies, I love Ardbeg, I love Laphroaig, I love Lagavuling and I love Octomore, but for Christ’s sake… who is pricing it?! What do you want from me?! I can afford maybe one very special bottle at £100, maybe two, but if you plan to release 2-3 per year and each one is more and more expensive… well… you will end up with something like this photo.

8 bottles of Octomore and all of them closes. Most fuckers persons are buying them to speculate and sell later for a nice profit margin. That’s quite a sad finish for a whisky…

Another post for the Fucking thief. Stealing other persons’ whisky so you can know about it. Is this your photo? Write me to fthief@awardrobeofwhisky.com and I will pay you… homage… and share with A Wardrobe of Whisky’s readers your experience on the tasting. Slainte!

So, stand up! Let’s honour them in such a way that people cry not when you open the bottle but when you finish it!

To the whiskies, gentlemen ( and laddies! )…

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Bruichladdich X4 Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Bruichladdich

Do you know I love newmake, don’t you? I am just kidding. I really hate most of them… so rustic, herbal, raw… I would put them all for 20 years in wooden casks. So, I really have no clue what the f#&$ I was thinking about when I decided to taste this spirit. As it is not three years old, it can’t be called whisky. Bruichladdich did also a X4+3 although I haven’t tasted myself.

So let’s review this. The sooner we end the better.

“Uaagh! It is a newmake that tastes like an awful just distilled newmake... who would have imagined it...”

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Bruichladdich X4
Bruichladdich X4 has been distilled four times, reaching 92%, before being bottled at a reduced 50% without ageing (which is why it can't be called whisky).

This dram has a white-like color.

Nose (61): more than average. floral, citrus, alcohol, vomit, potato.

Palate (60): powerful, oily. floral, herbs, citrus.

Finish (60): longer than average. citrus, herbs.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bruichladdich X4 with 60 points over 100.

Miguel says…

I really see no point in this except damn curiosity. You better drink grappa than this stuff.


Octomore 06.1 5 years old Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Bruichladdich

I was talking a few days ago at Facebook about how stupid whisky prices are nowadays and I was particularly talking about Octomore. When I saw the Octomore 10 years old Limited Release for sale I were going to buy it but as soon as I saw it for £150 I decided to put it on a hold.

Paying £150 for a 10 years old is excessive by any means and well… all the point of this blog is to buy good whisky for better prices. So buying the Octomore ( I still think the same ) was a bad deal. Fortunately ( or unfortunately ) the whisky sold out in a few hours and now a few months later it is for same for twice its price: £300. Crazy.

What I was talking about?! A yes… I tasted the new Octomore 06.1 at The Whisky Show 2013. And I also discovered there that Octomore 06.2 and Octomore 06.3 are going to be duty-free exclusives.

“Fantastic! A real cracking pure peat pleasure”

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Bruichladdich Octomore  06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (91): strong. peat, earth, honey, vanilla, citrus.

Palate (92): powerful, oily. peat, honey, citrus, vanilla, earth, wood, spices.

Finish (92): longer than average. peat, honey, spices.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1 5 Year Old Scottish Barley with 92 points over 100.

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Is this whisky good enough to pay £100? I don’t really think so, but it is a quite nice whisky. If you really don’t mind the price tag, go ahead. You won’t be disappointed.

What do you think about its price? Did you buy it?


Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley Review

By Miguel in Tasting , Bruichladdich

It is always nice to taste a Bruichladdich whisky. So you can understand that when I was at The Whisky Show 2013 I assaulted their stand and drank all their stuff ( a bit of each of course ).

Bruichladdich has started a new campaign to reclaim the “terroir” in whisky. They are creating lots of whiskies with barley from local farms or in this case with barley only from Scotland ( Did you know that Scotch can be done with barley from anywhere in the world?! ).

So, the whisky…

“A decent Bruichladdich whisky but on the other hand pretty uninteresting”

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Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (87): more than average. honey, citrus, vanilla.

Palate (87): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, vanilla, spices, wood.

Finish (87): longer than average. honey, vanilla.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie with 87 points over 100.

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As I said I love Bruichladdich whiskies, but this one is mean, completely unpeated and showing signs of being bottled just too young. Bad whisky! Bad! Go to your cask and sleep three more years! On the other hand I tasted this Islay Farm and it was a hell more interesting


WTF 005: From Islay to Heaven

By Miguel in Tasting , Glenkinchie , Yamazaki , Bruichladdich

May your whisky never runs out my friend! Unless you are drinking Johnnie Walker, if you are please… let me pour something better on your glass…

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This is not a proper What the F*** tasting session with blind samples, but I just got from my evil box stuff that I wanted to drink. Particularly there were two whiskies I have a huge interest in tasting: Yamazaki 10 years old… I still remember when I could buy bottles of this one at £17… and Octomore 10 years old. As you know I collect whisky and I had my chance of buying this Octomore for it RRP… but still £150 was quite high for such a whisky… Did I go wrong with it?

Time to drink!

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Three new Bruichladdich releases: Laddie 22, Cuvee 640 and 398

By Miguel in Tasting , Bruichladdich

Lots of Bruichladdich on my sample box so I have decided to start tasting from the most interesting ones: Two of the new Cuvee whiskies and the new Bruichladdich 22 years old.

These three whiskies keeps loyal to the style of whisky that Jim McEwan set on the whole range of Bruichladdich malts: citrusy, sweet, unpeated. I love his work on Bruichladdich 10 years old Laddie whisky and I was really looking forward to tasting these malts.

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Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte by Drinkfinder.co.uk

By Miguel in Tasting , Bruichladdich

Drinkfinder.co.uk sent me two samples of Bruichladdich whiskies. Both of them are independent bottles for a private customer and both of them are bottled from a single cask ( each ) and bottled at a very high strength.

Specially promising is the Port Charlotte, so clear… that can only means a huge peated punch… but let’s taste… I need more peat after my fabulous octo-tasting

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Octo-tasting, Peat whisky for the soul

By Miguel in Tasting , Featured , Arran , Bruichladdich , Ardmore

At last, Winter is coming to an end. And what better way of saying goodbye to this strange winter that with a few glasses of peat medicines?

In the quest to taste all the stuff that I have ordered, I have decided for five magnifique drams: Arran, Ardmore and three Bruichladdiches.

Didn’t you said peat? Yeah, and I am going to taste peated whiskies from those distilleries. A quite lovely bottled of Arran Machrie Moor, Ardmore Traditional, Port Charlotte 10 years old and two Octomore: 04.2 Comus and 03.1

You know that a have a little sweet heart that loves peat. I adore peated whiskies but on this tasting I have found a whisky that it is just too peated for me. Much like sucking mud!

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