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.
(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.