This is the fifth release in the Bruichladdich Cask Exploration series, and the first to use 100% Islay grown barley. The complexity present here pushes the limits of Islay single malt whisky.
The maturation of this whisky started in a combination of sherry butts and both first and second fill American whiskey barrels, all recasked at different points into Sauternes wine casks from Bordeaux. The complexity this yields is intense, and put up against the classic peated single malt creates an experience that begins with mellow, floral notes complemented with honeyed coconut and fudge, that open into Port Charlotte barbecue peat smoke.
The nose contains notes of stone fruit, floral perfume, with hints of peaches in syrup, dried apricots, honeyed melon, and ripe pineapple. Brown sugar, vanilla fudge, and caramel follow. The peat smoke and warm toasted oak come through as the whisky opens in the glass. On the palate earthy notes of leather come from the light smoke, and ripe fruits pair with sweet vanilla and chocolate brought in by the oak.
700 mL, 55.2% ABV