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Auction: SFW38 - Spink x Cask 88 Auction
Lot: 192

◇ Bruichladdich Cask-2002-#503

Distillery: Bruichladdich
Region: Islay
Age: 19 years
Distillation Date: 15th July 2002
Cask type: First Fill Ex-Bourbon
Peated?: No
Re-gauge ABV: 52.4%
Re-gauged Litres of Alcohol (RLA): 78.1 litres
New Bulk Litres: 148.0 litres
Re-gauge Date: 24th May 2022
Bottles: 211
Cask Number: 503
Stored at the Bruichladdich Distillery

A Zesty First Fill Ex-Bourbon Cask From the Considerate Islay Distillery
Cask description

Bruichladdich source their ex-bourbon casks from Jack Daniels, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam or Old Grandad, so we can say with certainty that this wood came from one of these American distilleries. Quercus alba (white oak), commonly known as American oak, is the type of wood maturing Bruichladdich's spirit, and on this occasion it is a first fill cask bourbon cask which normally displays vanilla, butterscotch and tropical fruit notes.
"This type of cask matures whisky at a good, consistent pace; contributes sweetness, creaminess and spice flavours; while also leaving more room for the distillate to express its character than you get with virgin oak.
- Jane Carswell (Bruichladdich 2020)

The Spirit
Bruichladdich is a unique example of a distillery which still uses traditional methods in the majority of their whisky production. There are no computers used in the distilling process and it uses the largest mash tun in the industry, which dates back to the distillery opening in 1881.

The Masters
Jim McEwan, who began his career in whisky in 1963 as an apprentice cooper at Bowmore distillery, and has over 50 years experience in the whisky industry, is likely to have overseen the filling of this cask. During his tenure as distillery manager, he was instrumental in the reopening of Bruichladdich after the distillery was mothballed in the 1990s and since has also been a pioneer of barley experimentation. Included in his long list of achievements is his creation of the most heavily peated spirit to run off a Scottish still (Octomore), which released in April 2008 and now is a consistent release from Bruichladdich.

The History
Bruichladdich are also making history in the present, their drive for a more sustainable process has seen them become the first Scotch whisky distillery to be a certified B Corporation. When asked if Bruichladdich are protective about the fact they are the only distillery to boast this credential, brand ambassador Abi Clephame noted 'that is absolutely the opposite of the point of this community and we are a community and its about growing that and using our business to have meaningful impact'.

Expressions of aged Bruichladdich in ex-bourbon barrels similar to this have enjoyed incredible success and popularity; for example, several of the Black Art releases can trace their roots back to ex-bourbon casks similar to the one here at auction.

Tasting notes
Nose: Banana and Ulmo blossom honey lavished over oatcakes, macadamia nuts and honeycomb toffee develop.
Palate: Remarkably fresh and zesty. Pear and fresh grass give way to a pleasant and lasting custard undertone. Smooth and softly sweet. Damson emerges in the mid-palate.
Finish: The rich waxy mouthfeel gives an early warning for the lusciously long finish, filled with blackcurrant conserve and gentle tannin. Superbly well balanced and wanes into a gentle mixed spice and vanilla extract finale.

Buyer's note: We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.

嚴謹艾雷酒廠風味獨特的首充波本酒桶 單桶詳情 木桶 布萊迪從傑克丹尼、愛汶山、占邊及老爺爺採購波本酒桶,可以肯定,這些木桶全都來自美國釀酒廠。白櫟木,俗稱美國白橡,是熟成布萊迪美酒的木材。此單桶是首充波本桶,通常帶香草、奶油糖果和熱帶水果的風味。 「這種木桶以良好、一致的速度熟化威士忌,帶甜味、奶油味和香料味,與全新橡木桶相比,能給予酒液更多表達其個性的空間。」 ——簡·卡斯威爾(布萊迪 2020) 酒液 布萊迪是獨特的酒廠,仍然使用傳統方法生產大部分威士忌,蒸餾過程不由電腦監控,並使用業內最大的糖化缸,其歷史可追溯到 1881 年酒廠開業時。 大師 吉姆·麥克伊恩於 1963 年進入威士忌行業,首先在波摩酒廠當桶匠學徒,釀酒經驗逾50 年,他很可能監督了此單桶的灌裝。在他擔任酒廠經理期間,他幫助1990 年代關廠的布萊迪重新開業,此後也成為大麥實驗的先驅。他的成就一長串,包括創造了以蘇格蘭蒸餾器製作的最重泥煤威士忌奧特摩系列,並於2008年4月推出,並成為布萊迪的常規系列出品。 歷史 布萊迪正在創造歷史,他們追求更可持續的生產過程,並成為第一家獲得「共益企業」認證的蘇格蘭威士忌酒廠。對於布萊迪如何守護這個他們引以為榮的認證,布萊迪品牌大使雅比·克莉芬妮指出:「這與社區的主流觀點完全相反,我們在同一社區,它關乎社區的長遠發展,以及利用我們的業務帶來有意義的影響。」 與此單桶類似的波本酒桶布萊迪陳釀,大受市場歡迎,十分成功。例如,拍賣會上幾款黑色藝術波本酒桶系列均與此單桶同源。 品酒筆記 酒香:香蕉和烏摩花蜂蜜在燕麥餅、夏威夷果和蜂窩太妃糖上散發濃郁香氣。 口感:非常新鮮爽口,梨和鮮草味被怡人悠長的蛋奶凍底調取代,柔滑甜美。大馬士革李在中段出現。 餘韻:濃郁蠟質感預示了甘美悠長的餘味,充滿黑加侖蜜餞和溫和的單寧;非常平衡,逐漸減弱為溫和的混合香料與香草精。 買家須知:由於《危險品與爆炸環境條例》對酒倉之規定,我們無法提供此單桶之照片。

HK$380,000 to HK$480,000

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