Review: Bruichladdich 20 Year - 3rd Edition


Bruichladdich 20 Year - 3rd Edition - 46%


I hadn't sat down and reviewed any malt for a minute. Fortunately, a buddy sent me a handful of mysteries to knock the rust off before I dig into some scotch reviews. For this series, I share the notes and score with my buddy before he offers the reveal.

 

Notes: Oxidized wine. Apple. Black cherries and mixed berries. Touch of medicinal menthol. Light peat. Great structure on the palate. Active mid-palate. Port and cherries swell into the grain and smoke. Finish is long and soft - mostly bonfire and grain, but the fruit kicks here and there.


Guess: 11-12 yr. BenRiach single cask port pipe. 52%


Score: 8 (Stash One) This release from 2005 received additional cask enhancement (ACE) of 5 days in a Malmsey Madeira Hogshead. Insane how much influence 5 days had. I wonder if it wasn't a fairly wet cask. The fortified wine notes lead on the nose and pop up all over the palate. So much so, it was easy to miss the well-aged malt notes - although the balanced, soft peat could have also been an age indicator. The structure was also a pleasant surprise - more active than I'd expect for a 46%.


Archived Scores

 

Rating System

10 - Reevaluate The Budget

9 - Stash Two (If Able)

8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)

7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers

6 - Solid - Above Average

5 - Acceptable For The Situation

4 - Not Vocally Complaining

3 - Anything Else To Drink?

2 - Nothing Nice To Say

1 - Drain Pour

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