Bruichladdich 1992 24 year old (Cadenhead’s)
Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling.
Nose: Lemon cream, dusty books, pecans and faint whiffs of red berries. Robust and interesting.
Body: Thick and waxy.
Palate: Buttery peach front and center, quickly morphing into minerals and green herbs. Very tart going into the finish. A real changeling in the same mouthful.
Finish: Good length. Lemon rind, cigarette ash, spearmint.
Neat/Ice/Water: 53.3%. I didn’t have enough to dilute it and didn’t really want anyway to be honest. Neat then.
Verdict: Quaffable. Thanks to @CuanBrown for gifting me the remains of his bottle for this review. Bruichladdich is not a distiller I generally buy from, probably due to the super-peaty reputation that is associated with some of it’s drams (I don’t mind peaty malts but have my limits). This is clearly misplaced because this one is faintly peated at best and is a very interesting proposition. I really like the transformation that happens within the same sip. From soft and fruity to tart and sour. It’s also an unusual combination of age (depth, structure, complexity) whilst being entirely refreshing at the same time which is what I would normally associate with something a bit younger. Not sure what it cost on release but if you can find any (auction only) it will be at least £120. I suspect if this is your thing then it’s worth that much… For me, I’m just glad I got the freebie. 588 bottles only.