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27 Feb 2012

Bruichladdich 1992 (Micro Provenance series – Brunello finish for Belgium)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Bruichladdich

This Micro Provenance series is subtitled Cask Evolution Exploration. It’s one of these pseudo-scientific names Bruichladdich uses for their wine finishes. Most of them are 1992 single casks bottled for a specific whisky retailer / distributor or in this case “for Belgium”.

As always the packaging is nicely done with a frosted glass bottle, excellent typography and an embossed metal tin.



Bruichladdich 1992 Micro Provenance BrunelloBruichladdich 18 yo 1992 (51,2%, OB ‘Micro Provenance series’ 2010, bourbon cask #004, Brunello wine finish, 288 btl.)

Nose: a candied nose, say red fruit candy and blackcurrants with hints of blood orange juice. Hints of figs. Really not bad, it shows the wine character without any of the nastiness. There’s a slight off-note though, something musty / rubbery. Mouth: again notes of fruit candy, now accompanied by some oak spices and caramel / toffee. Hints of chamomile? Less impressive than the nose, more wine influence. Finish: medium length. Soft pepper and traces of wine.

Yeah well… a wine finish, though certainly not the worst in its genre. Around € 80.

Score: 79/100

Bruichladdich 1992 (Micro Provenance series – Brunello finish for Belgium) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-02-27
  • Stuart Robson

    Shame this was clearly marred by the finish. I tasted a 17yo in the same series while at the distillery last year. It was entirely bourbon matured and a beautiful example of why it would be nice to see more of the same.

  • Ruben

    You’re probably talking about cask 198. Anyway, you’re right, their full bourbon releases are usually very good (e.g. the Sixteen Bourbon).

  • Stuart Robson

    Without going back through my notes I can’t be sure but that cask number does ring a bell. There were two very similar casks bottled as a pair I believe. One of my favourites was the old 17yo they did two batches of, hugely delicate and strikingly coastal whisky.

  • Stuart Robson

    Quite right, 198 indeed. The other was c#71 and similarly good if you like the style of profile.

  • MARS

    Interested in a free sample of another micro provenance(madeira finished)? hahaha
    I should have add it to the others.

  • Ruben

    Of course I’m interested. Do you like it?

  • MARS

    I opened the bottle for serge at lindores 2009. As he didn’t put any notes and my bottle is still not empty, it’s not a good sign. It’s not really bad also.
    I put a sample aside for you!(I have one or 2 other things also)

  • Ruben

    Thanks Mars, we’ll get in touch.



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