Fresh Ex-Bourbon Barrel #857
Distilled 6th Dec 2001
Bottled 24th Feb 2012
Outturn 243 Bottles
When i first started being obsessed with Malt Whisky from Islay it was always a dream to have my own bottling of a 10yo Islay Single Malt . In 2001 it took a step closer with the reopening of Bruichladdich Distillery and their offers of Casks for sale . The first one was the Bloodtub but that was never likely to reach 10yo due to the small size of the cask and the speeded up maturation rate . Then in the late summer of 2001 at a barbeque at Stuarts house i mentioned about the Bloodtub purchase and in a drunken haze we decided to purchase a barrel . So gathering a few friends together we set about getting our own cask . In early December it was finally filled . On the first of many visits to collect samples with the warehouseman John Rennie , it was pointed out we had a Fresh and not Refill Bourbon cask . John has been very good with his predictions , he said the Bloodtub would be ready early , 3 – 5 years , this one would be perfect at 10 , so we just need to see if he’s right about the SOI cask with his “Teenager” prophesy ! So Ten Years on we have our own 10yo Islay…….
From a First Fill ex-bourbon barrel bottled at 64.4% , A rich Gold colour, the initial nose at full strength is very smoky and spicy , then a sweet peatiness with seashore and peat bog inter-mingling . The palate at full strength is very sweet and strong, loads of vanilla and wood spices with the peatiness attacking from the rear, the finish is long spicy with a sweet peatiness. The addition of water brings out fudge on the nose and lemon citric, fudge and a slight creaminess to the palate.
Perfectly drinkable at full strength , doesn’t over power the senses . It has it’s own individual personality in the Islay peated stakes but with water it does remind me of a certain South Sider that happens to be my favourite .
Am i happy with it ? Of course i f*$£ing Am !!!!
How does it compare to My First PC ? it’s just as good , if not better , i love my Islays , 10yo , at Caskstrength , from fresh Bourbon Barrels !!!!!