Today we’re trying a Bruichladdich 1990, well aged but the refill sherry butt probably made it quite natural and complex. This was bottled by Signatory Vintage last year.
Bruichladdich 28 yo 1990 (52,1%, Signatory Vintage 2019, refill sherry butt #169, 463 btl.)
Nose: really sophisticated. Hints of hay and tobacco, mixed with dried fruits (apricots, yellow apple slices, orange peel), trademark melons and a good dose of Mediterranean herbs (mint, rosemary). A briny note. Later hints of papaya and cocoa too.
Mouth: much more powerful, plenty of saltwater and chili pepper, as well as grassy notes. Still this herbal side. Dark chocolate and toffee. The (dried) fruits only come later. Mint and eucalyptus.
Finish: long, on salt and earthy spice, as well as a little cough syrup.
A multi-layered Laddie with a dry sherry influence. A nice one, still available from Master of Malt.