Bruichladdich 18 First Edition

Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 46%
Score: 81 points

Germany’s Trockenbeerenauslese wines tend to be sweet and fruity, and this Bruichladdich expression uses Opitz One TBA casks along with ex-bourbon casks. As one might expect, there’s a clash of cultures here. The nose is rich with vanilla, nutmeg, hazelnut, brown sugar, and fresh peanut butter cookies. The taste is tart and chewy, though, with dry white grapes and a touch of vinaigrette that dies quickly. The finish is magical…in that it disappears into thin air with a “poof”. Not enough balance from start to finish.

Mark Gillespie

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