2003 Bruichladdich K&L Exclusive Peated Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml

SKU #1116710

Originally slated for Bruichladdich's short-lived 3D3 Peat expression, this malt began its life in Bourbon casks until it was dumped into a refill Sherry butt for extra maturation. That classic Bruichladdich tang is on the nose, the briny aromas that meander between rich, earthy, and tart. The peat shows itself first, bringing bright smoke and peat moss similar to Laphroaig, before the mild dose of Sherry kicks in, finishing more like Lagavulin with some nice oak and caramel. After a disasterous recall on last year's Chenin Blanc barrel, this new offering from Bruichladdich comes just in time for the holidays to fill the hole. Now that Remy Martin has acquired the once-independent distillery, we're not sure if this will mark the end of the independent cask program at Bruichladdich. Is this the last time we team up with our friends on Islay, or is this just another great chapter in an incredible relationship? We hope to continue our business with Bruichladdich, but if this peated cask is the last of its kind, it's a hell of a way to go out. Big smoke, big flavor, tons of complexity, lots of chewy richness. This is Islay through and through. It's Bruichladdich at its smoky best. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/23/2012  | Send Email
This Bruichladdich is a very tasty malt. It is so good that I don't see it lasting long in inventory. The aromas of smoke are elegant and balanced out with hints of salt and malt. Without water there are delicious flavors of smoke and sherry laced malt but with the addition of water this single barrel selection opens up with smooth sherry and malt flavros with the smoke taking a secondary place.

 By: Adam Heard |  Review Date: 1/9/2013 
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For the money you get an incredible experience typically not found in this price range...With exception of Uegeadail and Laphroaig 10yr cask strength.
Nose: leather treatment, new baseball glove, crushed raspberries and pomegranate. Concentrated vanilla... Freshly opened bottle of tennis balls? Holy crap.
Palate: peat and repeat! Vegetal, lanolin, tar... A burnt sugar with very sweet and tart berries right in the middle of it all. I keep hearing about smoke but I don't get smoke... I get smoke in Lagavulin but in this I get more earthy green notes and landscape equipment... But not smoke.
Finish: I can still taste it... And I tried it last night! Seriously though, long finish... 5 minutes and still noticeable. Oil, vanilla on the backend, cinnamon spice around the tongue edges. Now I get smoke. Iodine and salty brine. Orange peels?

Superb stuff. If you're at this price point deciding on whether to get this or another Islay that is regularly available... The choice is obvious. Get this. It's absolutely wonderful. Thanks for suggesting it D. Driscoll!

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Varietal:

Malt

Country:

Scotland

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Alcohol Content (%): 54.2