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ELEMENTS OF ISLAY BR 6 50,4%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 50cl, Ref: 19807

Adopting the famous periodic table of ele - ments, The Elements of Islay range is com - posed exclusively of cask strength bottlings. While this BR6 invites us to discover a more peaty Bruichladdich than we’re used to, it is also a fantastic expression of this single malt’s trademark finesse, minerality and salinity.

Profile: characterised by citrus fruit (lemon) and wild flowers (daisy, dandelion). Mineral (chalk), fruity (pear, apple, Lorraine Mirabelle plum), medicinal (balm, iodine tincture) and malty

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Tastes

  • Woody
  • Floral
  • Fruity
  • Iodized
  • Peated
  • Spicy

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : greenish gold.
  • Nose : firm, concentrated. Characterised by citrus fruit (lemon) and wild flowers (daisy, dandelion), the initial nose also offers vanilla and spices (dill, coriander). A very light trace of dried peat then delicately envelops the aromatic palette. Gradually, sea spray arrives, bringing with it heaps of salt and iodine. Allowed to breathe, it becomes considerably more refined.
  • Palate : lively, dynamic. Strong spices (star anise, cloves) literally lift the palate out from the earth in which it is nonetheless deeply rooted. Root ginger, damper peat than on the nose, and black liquorice take hold of the mid-palate. The end of the palate is mineral (chalk), fruity (pear, apple, Lorraine Mirabelle plum), medicinal (balm, iodine tincture) and malty.
  • Overall : long with a sharp intensity. The finish alternates between the bitterness of the malted barley, the grainy, fibrous texture of a liquorice stick, the creaminess of the chocolatey peat and the acidity of a freshly-squeezed lemon. It is rich, and yet also very light in its expression. The retro-nasal olfaction is herbaceous (cut hay) and roasted (coffee). The empty glass is malty and slightly peaty/smoky.
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The distillery

Following its acquisition in 2000 by a group of investors, the Bruichladdich distillery underwent a meticulous renovation in 2001, which enabled the owners to keep almost all of the original 19th century equipment, including an open brewing tank and very elongated onion-shaped stills (the stills for the second distillation are six metres high). The resulting single malt is very mildly peaty, being characterised by its coastal origins, with a scent of sea air and salty flavours on the palate. Reserving all of its production for the single malt market, Bruichladdich is also the only distillery to age and bottle its whisky on the isle of Islay. It produces two heavily peated releases: Port Charlotte and Octomore.

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Merchant

A wine merchant recently founded by the Singh brothers, the owners of The Whisky Exchange in the United Kingdom, Speciality Drinks offers three ranges of very different single malts. The first, Port Askaig, is composed of four bottlings of an Islay single malt, including an expression with no age statement and a 30 year old! The second, Elements of Islay, celebrates the different distilleries on the island, each easily identified by their initials. The third, simply dubbed Speciality Drinks, offers a wide selection of single malts from Scottish distilleries.

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The line

Taking its inspiration from the Periodic Table of elements, the British company Speciality Drinks created Elements of Islay, an exclusive range of single malts from the isle of Islay, bottled unchillfiltered at cask strength. Sourced from all of the island’s distilleries, these bottlings focus on the basic “elements” such as peat, iodine and tar resulting in some powerful whiskies with plenty of character!

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