One of the bottles I picked up as part of my 2016 Scotland trip when I visited the Bruichladdich distillery. The Micro-Provenance Series as Bruichladdich describes it is:
“An ongoing exploratory series of single casks, specially selected to examine the evolutionary influences on maturing Islay Single Malt Whisky – the variables of age, vintage, wood, barley, storage, humidity, heat and marine climate – the very essence of provenance.”
Name: Cask Evolution Exploration 2006
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £70 I think
Taste: Hot! creamy, dry, vegital, slight sweetness, spicy
Finish: Medium, dry
The nose is quite light but heavy on the sugar cane. Barley notes come through too but sugar is the predominate aroma. If you cover it for a while and then nose it you get some vegital notes and slight underlying maritime notes too but it quickly gets bullied out of the way by the sugar cane. It is a pleasant enough nose but not overly complex most of the time but it certainly hides that 64% well, no ABV burn at all.Boom! there’s that 64%, my god does this have a kick on the palate. It is a little more viscous than most whiskies having quite a creamy quality, but also quite dry, a little strange. The vegital notes that were hiding on the nose make their presence know on the palate and work really well with the whisky’s creamy nature. The sugar cane from the nose makes a brief appearance mid-palate which takes you from an initial dryness to sweet and back to dry again, it’s an experience this whisky that’s for sure. The tail end of the palate is full on spice before going into a medium length and quite dry finish.
In conclusion then, awesome! The nose could be better in truth, pleasant but not quite complex enough for me given it is a savouring whisky. The palate however is all sort of awesome. There is plenty going on but it is really well balanced too so there are not too many overpowering qualities going on. There were lots of options to choose from at the distillery and I’m just glad that the one I chose was a good’n.