Islay Whisky Classics No.52 – Bruichladdich Valinch “Grandpa John”

The 13th Valinch released , this one is from 1990 (distilled 7th February ) and was matured in a Refill Sherry Hogshead No. 451 for 14 years (Bottled 11th November 2004 ) . 350 bottles were produced at an abv of 56.3% . 

Bruichladdich Valinch 'Grandpa John'

A deep Mahogany colour , this is somewhat of a Sherry monster that isn’t actually too over-powering . The nose is yer actual ‘Christmas Cake’ in a glass , cake dough , dark spirit laced fruits – currants. raisins etc – marzipan , sweet icing , brown sugar and a hint of dark chocolate . The palate is of dry sherry and the aforementioned christmas cake , it is extremely well balanced , no nasties , a perfect sherry cask . The finish is dry and long , christmas spices , sherry and marzipan .

This must have been an exceptional cask  , it has produced a really good , sherried Laddie . My wife Melanie absolutely loves this whisky , which , for my sake , makes it a good job i bought more than one bottle ! 


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