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Bruichladdich 12 yo (2003/2015, ‘Rest & Be Thankful’, 59,3%)

In order to decrypt the sentences shown in the importer’s catalog, syntactically avant-garde if you like, Rest & Be Thankful is a company founded in 2010 with a strong relationship with Bruichladdich; independent bottler, it selects and puts in glass mainly distilled malts in front of Lochindaal, which we are particularly pleased about, since Bruichladdich is a distillery we have in our heart. Blend of two barrels, one sherry, one bourbon; online it costs about 85€.

aug15-bruichladdichrbet

N: compared to the Bere Barley we just tasted, this one is similar but different, warmer… The components are not radically different, but their balance changes: here too, in the foreground, a beautiful marinity stands out, with seaweed in great evidence. The alcohol content tends to close the aromas, but it can’t stop the malt: a nice, warm cereal, in toasted form (no longer in the form of ‘white distillate’, as in BB). Something like custard and yellow apple (and meringue, we would say). Lemon, too, to make sure we don’t miss the splash of citrus. An apparent veil of peat, mineral and not smoky, envelops the whole nose.

P: the intensity is sensational and explosive, supported by the high ABV, and the body is truly exciting and full. The savory marinity goes back a bit, leaving more room for lemon (peel) and for that rarefied mineral atmosphere… But, as Anna Oxa would say, it’s all a moment: it’s all a moment and a malty, intensely fruity sweetness is recognizable (vanilla and apple), with references to both barrels involved… References that literally explode if you add water, with notes of Malaga ice cream (vanilla, custard, raisins…), even melon. Very good, the water also enhances the mineral/peated side.

F: the joy of the palate continues, replicating the most fruity ambitions (the melon has shocked us).

Very good, very good: Bruichladdich works well, you know, but it is not obvious that you are able to choose the right barrels. Our new friends at Rest & Be Thankful will have their entrances and skills, and they put in glass a wonderful blend of two different barrels, integrating all the different souls of Laddie in an astonishing way. 89/100, not bad as a debut.

Recommended soundtrack: Ghali – Ninna nanna.

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