A couple of months ago, on the hunt for a bottle of 7 year Angostura butterfly rum, I visited my local 1st Choice liquor store, only 20km from my house. I picked up my 7 year Angosturag butterfly rum (well worth it’s own blog post) and in the cabinet next door was a small range of interesting single malts.
I am slowly working my way through the distilleries of Islay, so the two bottle of Bruichladdich interested me. I took the safe bet and went from the light straw 12 year old for the sum of $60, over the more expensive rose coloured 20 year old Second Edition.
I did not know what to expect from the whisky, I knew that Bruichladdich are not as heavily peated as the usual Islay whiskies Ardbeg, Laphroaig and Lagavulin I normally drink. This was obvious from the nose, almost floral with far less peat and iodine, but that did not prepare me for the taste. Green is one word I choose to describe it, almost like the sap of a young tree. It is not a bad whisky, far from it. It has also the characteristics of a find Islay whisky peat, iodine, seaweed just not as strong as other Islay whiskey and balanced against a fresh green zest.
It took a glass (ok I did top it up a couple of times ;-) for it to become my favourite sipping whisky. The bad news is that Bruichladdich have finished production of the Second Edition whiskies, which meant I went back and purchased the infamous pink 20 year Second Edition quickly. THe good news is my favourite online whiskey merchant Nicks has in the last few weeks has just got in a few bottles of 12 year old Second Edition (at a premimum I am willing to pay) and a couple of other discontinued Bruichladdich whiskies. I can see a order just of Bruichladdich as I had been converted.