Distiller: Bruichladdich. ABV: 46%. Age: 16 years. Region: Islay. Price: auction.
The Bruichladdich First Growth Series is a collection of six 16-year-old releases (designated “A” through “F”) that have been finished in French oak barriques that previously contained Bordeaux wine.
This Cuvée A was finished for 18-20 months in barriques that held Pauillac wine from Chateau Lafite, and was limited to 12,000 bottles. Paulliac, interestingly, is not a grape, but a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdoc.
On the nose there are light floral notes mixed with wild berries and honey. On the palate, slight smoke is mixed with more subtle honey, pepper and fruity notes. Earthy notes predominate on the short finish.
Overall it’s an interesting dram and I would recommend trying it if you come across it, but as Bruichladdich rarities go, it’s not a life-changer. Cheers! – JTR