Bramble Whisky Company Lochindaal 2007 13 year old

Posted 19 August 2021 by Matt / In Bruichladdich
The Dramble reviews Bramble Whisky Company Lochindaal 2007 13 year old

Bottle Name: Lochindaal 2007

ABV: 56.9%
Distillery: Bruichladdich
Bottler: Bramble Whisky Company
Region: Islay Age: 13

Recently released by Edinburgh’s Bramble Whisky Company – this 13 year old Lochindaal has spent its life maturing in a Chateau Climens Sauternes Cask. The Bordeaux-based Chateau is a leading producer of sweet wines (Sauternes 1er cru classe) and can trace is history back to the 16th Century. And Lochindaal is something of the finite resource (I read somewhere “no more than 200 casks”) so the combination of the two certainly sounds intriguing.

292 bottles have been produced at an ABV of 56.9%. They are available via Mothership for £128 – which is pricey, but in the grand scheme of Lochindaal releases is considerably lower than most – including releases that are notably younger.

Nose: Tarmac and felt roofing joins pigsties, damp attics and waterlogged fallen trees. Gooseberry, melon and lychee provide a bright fruitiness whilst well-steeped black tea sits with seaweed, saline and camphor. Dilution offers effervescent orange notes alongside nougat creaminess, additional farmy asides from wet hay and a selection of loams and sands.

Taste: Tarry/herbal/medicinal peat covers a variety of bases – burning haybales, smoky ancho chilli, coal ash, road surfacing, burnt paper and sticking plasters. Salted toffee and singed pastry cases join smoked apple and grapefruit slices, whilst in the back palate, cliff-face minerality adds chiselled sharpness. Water takes things into another dimension with tangy orange and white fruits alongside sweetness from white chocolate and a selection of alluvial clays and minerals.

Finish: Medium to long in length with surface cleaner, ash and white fruit sweetness lingering.

A wonderfully singular Lochindaal from Bramble Whisky that offers considerable broadness both straight out of the bottle and once diluted. The wine cask is in-check augmenting the fruitiness without ever becoming either cloying or overly tannin – indeed, the balance throughout is notable. Fruity, filthy, feisty and thoroughly recommendable.

Review sample provided by Bramble Whisky Company

Score: 89/100

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