tisdag 26 januari 2016

Svenska Eldvatten – Bruichladdich 2004 11yo first fill single bourbon barrel

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Friends and followers! As promised in my last post, I now bring you a tasting note of the second bottling in the anniversary-series celebrating the first five years of Svenska Eldvatten (”Swedish Firewater”) as independent bottlers! 

Every release in the series (as you can see from the picture to the left) has a very special and exclusive label showing a motif painted by the well-known artist/painter and whisky-afficionado Petri Jäsperi

This particular whisky was distilled at Bruichladdich Distillery in november 2004. It was put into barrel no.1407, a fresh Ex-Bourbon Barrel (that is to say first-fill) and then bottled in november 2015 (11 years old) resulting in 102 bottles at 59,2 % ABV. 

Peter and Tommy will bring this whisky (and the oloroso matured Laddie) to the Linköping whisky festival this weekend! It will be released at the swedish state monopoly and you will pick it up if you have 1295kr (circa 140 euros) in your wallet, or on your card ;) Ok, let’s have a taste! 

At first holding the glass on a distance of say 15 centimetres from my nose, I pick up some very exotic fruits, more precisely slightly immature pineapple, yellow kiwi and pealed non-ripe slices of pear together with some carbonated elderflower soft drink. Also something a tad ”sweet and/or sour” mixed up with something creamy (dairy), together reminding me almost of a brie that’s been out of the fridge for a couple of hours… Moving closer to the glass I pick up loads  and loads of nutty-ness (yes of course I mean marzipan/almond paste). The creamy-/dairy-ness also reflects itself through something like white chocolate mousse. A very distant peaty-ness is also traceable, or maybe more moving on into a faded fire/ashy-ness? Trying to dig into that layer of scents I also pick up a slight touch of ground coffee and, wait for it, mint that strangely enough (given the age) mixed with raw-spirit. Ok fellas, a very complex and special nose on this one indeed, let’s have a taste! 

Oh wow! Lots and lots more peat on the palate than on the nose! Not really the ashy kind of peat that was on the nose but actually classic and very straight forward peat. Quite a medium-sweet centre in this dram, moving very much towards the pear and the brie from the nose. Then quickly moving on into a distinct woody-/cask-y-ness with lots and lots of the almond paste from the nose mixed up with something like herbal vanilla… sounds strange but tastes really good, and exciting if you know what I mean (?) In the aftertaste some lemonzest reveals itself in a very direct way, moving on into some bubbly-ness or a carbonated feeling. All in all a very creamy and nicely peated dram, I’ve never really tasted anything like it! 

Big thanks to Peter and Tommy for the oppurtunity! Please follow SamuelWhisky on my Zuckerberg-page by going here and my bird-page by going here. Copyright © and All Rights Reserved on all tasting notes by SamuelWhisky and pictures likewise belong to SamuelWhisky unless stated. If you would like to use any such material that belongs to SamuelWhisky or associated with SamuelWhisky, please ask by sending me an email to samuelkarlssonorebro(at)gmail.com Sláinte!

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