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Bruichladdich 14 yo ‘WMD II Yellow Submarine’ (1991, OB, 46%)

Amongst the hundreds of official bottlings of this hyperactive distillery of Islay some labels are simply crazy, able to satisfy the eyes even before the smell and the taste. This 2005 bottling has a nice yellow submarine on the label. Mystery! What we know for sure is the maturation, in ex-Rioja, a wine produced in the north of Spain.

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N: probably we understood the reason of the name: there is a marine feeling which you can find in deep waters (iodine, salty water, salty ropes, seaweed), paired with a sense of yellow fruit (creamy pear in particular). Yellow is also an incredible lemon zest, extremely present and acrid; at the end some vanilla. But.. what a sea! what a lemon! It’s not complex in the shades but rich and made all of superlatives. Buttery biscuits.

P: mellow and chewy. Someone would expect some cream, instead we have some egg/Eggnog combo, balanced and not overpowering. A very peculiar palate: it’s austere but doesn’t lack intensity nor grip. The triad is egg yolk, lemon, sea, the result is a great compactness. Also quite fruity.

F: extremely clean, only lightly marine; pear and  lemon, again.

Today this Bruichladdich reached, combined with the great marketing gimmick, a price totally disconnected with its real value, around 250 euro. However a taste of this for big distillery fans and not, it’s more than suggested, it confirms how the malts forged in this distillery always maintain a very respectable level and are never trivial. Reading the review of Serge, we are surprise of how he interpreted this malt in a different way; at the end it’s the same vote but the sensorial path was quite different: 86/100.

Recommended soundtrack: well, we really hadn’t no choice here, so Yellow Submarine from Beatles

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