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Bruichladdich 16 years – Cuvée A

THE DEVIL’S ORANGE – Rating: 7.5/10

We are well acquainted with the lavishness of the Bruichladdich distillery when it comes to whisky, as well as its creativity in terms of finishing.

In 2008, Jim McEwan – the master distiller of Bruichladdich – bestows upon us a series of six bottlings aged sixteen years in casks from Bordeaux’s grand crus.

The cuvées, named from A to F, include, in order, Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Haut-Brion, Château d’Yquem, and Château Lafleur.

The version under scrutiny this evening is Cuvée A, boasting an ABV of 46.0%.

Normally, the wine influence is more pronounced, but here, everything is in moderation, particularly concerning the tannins.

A graceful balance unfolds, offering notes of Spanish oranges and a hint of menthol. Sulfur makes a subtle appearance in the finish, accompanied by a very slight woody sensation.

An enjoyable whisky, though it may lack a touch of complexity.

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