Bruichladdich 18 Year Old Second Edition continues the sweet wine cask influence of the 1st Edition’s pioneering bourbon/willi opitz bottling. Here we have again fused American oak with the more flavoursome French oak but this time the casks contained the rare, sweet wine from Jurancon in the Pyrennean foothills of south west France. Together they make another extraordinarily mellow and profound bottling.
Voluptuous and absolutely flawless, the balance and texture of this beautiful “A List” spirit is unbelievable. It’s total cruise control in a glass.
The aromatics open on soft, ripe, honeydew melon, papaya and passion fruit. It’s a fascinating fusion and together they provide the foundation for the strong mellow oak notes which bring character and power to the spirit. On the third pass the lemon and honey citrus flavours emerge, adding a defining clarity to the experience.
The freshness of the fruit caresses the olfactory senses and provides the foundation for the biscuity sweetness of malted spring barley. What crowns this classic is the time spent in Jurancon casks which has added a sophistication and style to the shy sensitive side of this Island beauty. The flavours of sultanas and super sweet raisins add the magic that makes this malt truly unique.