Single malt whisky - tasting notes

11 Apr 2012

Bruichladdich 1970

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bruichladdich

1970 is one of the top vintages for Bruichladdich. This expression was released as a crown jewel in the distillery stocks, not long after the takeover in 2001 by Jim McEwan, Mark Reynier and others. It was bottled from American Oak hogsheads.

 

Bruichladdich 1970Bruichladdich 1970
(44,2%, OB 2002, 4200 btl.)

Nose: aromatic. Perfect fruitiness of juicy apricots, pears and melons. Gooseberries and hints of passion fruits. Honeysuckle and different types of blossoms. Traces of vanilla. Quite some mint. It’s held back a little by grassy and oily notes as well as a faint coastalness. Mouth: very smooth, quite oily and still very fruity. Ripe melon, apricot again. Then some fruit teas and ditto cake. Very well-balanced oak. Coconut. Overall quite sweet although the grassy / minty edge returns towards the finish. Finish: long, smooth, rounded with a yellow raisin sweetness and a few grassy notes.

An excellent old Bruichladdich. Fresh considering its age, showing beautiful fruity notes. Around € 350.

Score: 92/100

Bruichladdich 1970 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-04-11
  • Arild Een

    I am in perfect agreement with you on this one, Ruben. It is the best Laddie out there, I think, and shows just how well the Laddie spirit travels in American oak. Stunning stuff.

  • http://tmc.marccastermans.be Marc Castermans

    Indeed a fine dram Ruben. And it tastes just a little bit better when sipping it in company of the master himself ;-)

    http://tmc.marccastermans.be/?p=1949

  • Bert B.

    Great stuff indeed … !!!

  • Stuart Robson

    It’s been too long since I tasted this one but I remember it being truly wonderful. Hope to taste it again one day.

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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