This is a classic example of Bruichladdich, the unpeated version of ‘Port Charlotte’. In spite of Islay’s reputation as a powerhouse for peat, unpeated is the true house style of this Islay distillery.
10 years is usually how long Bruichladdich gets for maturation, and this cask is exactly that age now. The fresh bourbon barrel brings intensely sweet and zingy notes to the whisky, similar to but more intense than would be found in a refill hogshead. Great care in barley husbandry and artisanal distilling ensure that the flavours of this malt sing clearly and vibrantly.
If you already love a classic ‘Laddie, then this cask is ready. If you want to push it and see how far it can go, it still has many potential years of maturation ahead of it.
Auction estimate: £22,000 – £24,000