Bruichladdich Andy Ritchie Valinch 07

Flash Review

These are the short tasting notes from the Andy Ritchie Valinch 07, September 2014 at Bruichladdich Distillery.

Description: The Andy Ritchie Valinch 07 is a cask picked out by the (bottling hall manager?), who's going on retirement. A 24yo (1989/2014) cask, matured in a bourbon cask, finished in a rioja winecask at 51.4%ABV.

Nose: rich and smooth, fruity.

Mouth: hints of cherry, peat, red fruits and iodine.

Finish: peppery.

 

The Verdict: A good and complex whisky, an interesting take on the classic Bruichladdich whisky, but not convincing enough to go through the trouble of buying a bottle.
Score: 86
 
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house