Whisky Review #124: Elements of Islay Br7

And so after another extended hiatus, I’m back! While the inertia has been rather prevalent since the turn of the new year, the reviews continue to be prepared and they will revert to the weekly format going forward.

This week’s review focuses on a rather interesting expression from Bruichladdich which was distilled in 2001, matured in 3 sherry hogsheads and an ex-bourbon barrel before being vatted and bottled at a cask strength abv of 60.4% by Elixir Distillers for their Elements of Islay range in 2017.

So, let’s jump right into the review!

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Elements of Islay Br7

Elements of Islay Br7 (60.4% abv)

Colour: Deep rosewood

Nose: Initial entry presents a pronounced and rounded sherried note coupled with raisins, dark chocolate, pine sap, sea salt, oak, cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. With time, hints of orange peel, black pepper, damp earth, toffee and cigar leaves emerge to provide further complexity and depth. (23/25)

Palate: Initial entry presents a powerful hit of sherry followed by sherried raisins, brown sugar, sea salt, black pepper, oak and orange peel. Dark chocolate and chocolate orange soon emerge and are complemented by toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, cigar leaves and drying oak. (23/25)

Finish: Long and lingering on the finish, with the oak taking on a more prominent note. Sherried raisins, sea salt, cigar leaves, dark chocolate and a hint of orange intermingle well and bring the proceedings to a close. (22/25)

Balance: A rather well-balanced and rich expression which showcased the quality of the sherry casks while also allowing for the bourbon-centric wood spices to emerge. The mouthfeel was initially oily but did become increasingly drying over time. (22/25)

Rating: 90/100

This expression can still be found at certain online shops from around the world, but its inherent rarity would also mean that the prices are only going to increase with time. If you do get the chance to sample this expression, please do as it is definitely worth it.

Until the next review, have a wonderful week ahead.

Slainte!

Brendan

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