Blair Athol 12 Year Old, Flora and Fauna Series
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Bruichladdich head distiller Adam Hannett believes old Bruichladdich in Bourbon is the ultimate expression of their spirit, the fruit, the faint salt tang, the signature elegance is all there but there us now layer upon layer of vanilla & butterscotch complexity.
In 2008, Bruichladdich's then master distiller Jim McEwan identified a classic vintage parcel of that celebrated style and re-casked it into fresh Bourbon for the last leg of an epic journey. This dram comes from the very last 12 casks of the 1984 legacy distillation, poignantly filled on 31st December of that year.
Limited to 3,000 bottles, the 1984 is bottled at the distillery without chill filtration or artificial colouring at the natural strength of 43.7% alc. vol.
Classic old school Bruichladdich. Coconut, warm Muscovado sugar, vanilla custard, grapefruit, mango, baked ginger biscuits, marzipan. After a while notes of date syrup and sultana.
Soft and gentle texture, a delicate dram. Crème brulee, buttercup and orange zest. Gently warming the palate, it opens to reveal a touch of leather, toasted oak and praline. Sweet citrus and mango come through later.
So gentle but a lovely finish of warm scones and dried fruit, candied orange, lemon peel and apricot jam.