Sunday, 26 October 2014

Bruichladdich The Organic

A Tasty Dram whisky blog tasting notes

A healthy breakfast on a spring morning

Bruichladdich The Organic is the successor of the original Organic 2003 Vintage. This is a multi-vintage vatting from three farms:William Roberts from Mains of Tullibardine, William Rose from Midcoul and Neil Scobie from Coulmore. This überprovenance whisky again centralises the terroir marketing story.

As is the case with most Bruichladdichs, this is a whisky without an age statement, bottled at 46%, unchillfiltered and natural colour. The new Regime slightly modified this quality mantra to 50% ABV for the new The Organic Scottish Barley.

Identity Card Bruichladdich The Organic

Bruichladdich The Organic
  • Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay (Rémy-Cointreau)
  • NAS single malt
  • 46 % ABV
  • Uncoloured and unchillfiltered
  • Mid Coul, Coulmore en Mains of Tullibardine Farms

Tasting notes

Colour: Purely based on his looks, The Organic is an identical twin to the Islay Barley 2006. It has the colour of a pale white wine and leaves thin slow legs on the glass.

Nose: The first meet and greet is fresh and clean. Lots of citrus fruit and young grapes. A little sharp. It reminds me of solvent and sour fruit candy.  Further up I find some real fruit: pears and melon cubes.
With water it gets more flowery notes. And sweet aroma's of rock sugar and a healthy smoothie from mango and kiwi.


Taste: The palate is a strange, but surprisingly good combination of potato, icing sugar and pistachio ice cream.
Under the influence of water the whisky develops spicy and oaky flavours combined with citrus, white pepper and whole-weat toast.

Finish: The finish is sweet at first but evolves fairly quick into a bone-dry dram. Lots of oak tannins in the aftertaste.

Conclusion

Bruichladdich created a worthy successor for the 2003 Vintage with The Organic. Young, fresh and an attractive marketing story. Hand this over to the master story teller Jim McEwan and he enthuses a lot of whisky lovers with it.

Bruichladdich The Organic costs approximately €50 in specialist liquor stores. A fair price and decent VFM. There's also a 20cl version of this whisky.
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