Bruichladdich The Organic 2009 Mid Coul Farms
Single Malt — Islay, Scotland
Tasted August 9, 2022
The nose starts with gooseberries, charred hay and slightly soured milk then a seaside rocky minerality and cocoa powder dusted prunes followed by lemon zest, grapefruit and charred orange peel that transitions to ginger, cloves and driftwood with low ethanol burn. The taste is a thin mouthfeel starting with a moderate bitter and sour spice that slowly fades to gooseberries, charred hay and Greek yogurt then a seaside rocky minerality and cocoa powder dusted prunes followed by sour lemon candy, grapefruit pith and charred orange peel that transitions to black pepper, ginger, cloves and driftwood with medium ethanol burn. The finish is short with sour lemon candy, charred orange peel, hay, mild black pepper, light seaside rocky minerality and driftwood. Overall, this is an average whisky that the initial aromas out of the glass were a strong astringency with sour berries and funky milk as if you were flambéing gooseberries with vodka and your significant other managed to release a large formula burp out of your freshly fed child right into your face. After a few minutes, the aromas settle down and aren’t as off-putting with the astringency softening but never fully fades along with sour berries, a smoky farm funk, sour citrus and wet wood that carries over to the palate with a spicy start that eventually fades to similar notes on the nose and finishes short. Thanks @ContemplativeFox for the generous sample and opportunity to try this one.