Single malt whisky - tasting notes

10 Jul 2012

Bruichladdich 2001 (cask #311)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Bruichladdich

Bruichladdies cask #311Three Dutch guys who call themselves Bruichladdies (in real life they’re called Teun, Bob & Arthur and they’re the organisers of the unique Maltstock festival) bought a cask of Bruichladdich 2001. It was an impulsive purchase (“don’t worry honey, I only bought one souvenir this time”) but I’m sure it has been good fun visiting the cask over the years, sending cards for its fifth birthday, and installing a miniature Dutch windmill on the bung.

A couple of weeks ago, the cask was finally bottled. A release party is planned on July 28th to distribute the bottles. I’ve had a sneak peak at the results already, thanks Teun!

 

 

Bruichladdich 2001 cask 311 BruichladdiesBruichladdich 10 yo 2001
(53,11%, Bruichladdies 2012, sherry hogshead #311, 315 btl.)

Nose: starts with an impressive amount of gunpowder. Matchsticks, unused ones I’d add, and roasted coffee beans. After fifteen minutes of airing, the gunpowder fades away (or you get used to it) and a nice fruity side appears. Baked apple, raisins, bread pudding. Rhubarb pie. Red candy. A little bacon and tobacco leaves in the background, roasted nuts as well. Light peat. Hints of balsamic. Very intense. Mouth: pretty hefty stuff indeed, again showing lots of roasted notes (coffee, roasted wood, a little tar). Lots of dark chocolate. Still some sweet sherry notes (pralines with a sweet & sour fruit filling). Some liquorice and smoke. Finish: long, dark and roasted, with lingering fruity notes and growing herbal notes.

Quite a fierce Bruichladdich with shameless gunpowder notes. In some whiskies that tends to be an off-note, here it’s simply an innate feature that’s part of its character – love it or hate it. Pretty unique, worth the trouble guys! I’m not sure if outsiders can buy a bottle, but I’ve heard some bottles were sold for € 53,11 and donated to a good cause.

Score: 87/100

Bruichladdich 2001 (cask #311) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-07-10
  • Teun

    glad you enjoyed it. Bought it almost 11 years ago. An impulse buy indeed. But had so much fun with over the years. Great to finaly see the world’s only pre-bottled award winning cask in a bottle.

  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    Tuen, where can i get a bottle?

  • teun

    you’ve got mail

  • Fulco

    looking forward to collecting my bottle! I tasted it too and it indeed is quite a fierce Bruichladdich… so fierce that it almost resembles a Port Charlotte (at least to me it does)… Not your average middle of the road smooth Laddie. Bring on the Fireworks!

  • genpack

    Hi Teun, is it posible to buy a bottle?

  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal(WhiskyIsrael)

    Lovely stuff. got a bottle, and it’s very special.
    good for Tuen & CO.

Categories

Calendar

September 2014
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

  • Jorn: I agree, the first expressions tend to go up in value the most, - ofcourse -, but do you really think the Bowmore DC 2 will sink below 150,00 euro? N
  • WhiskyNotes: I tend to disagree. I would just wait for n°III and make sure you inform your favourite retailer that you want one beforehand. Buying a hyped product
  • Jorn: It's worth 150 allright, but mainly from a collector's point of view. That's where the market is. Like precious little stamps (Nothing wrong with that

Coming up

  • Tomatin 1988 (Malts of Scotland)
  • Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
  • GlenDronach 1994 PX cask #3397
  • GlenDronach 1994 PX cask #326
  • GlenDronach 1993 Oloroso cask #494
  • Blair Athol 2002 (Hepburn's Choice)
  • Fettercairn Fior
  • Bowmore Laimrig 15yo
  • Ben Nevis 2002 (Port cask #334)

1601 notes by Ruben

WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.