From the Bruichladdich Distillery:
12.1 - Malted to 130.8 PPM, distilled in 2015 from the 2014 harvest of 100% Scottish grown concerto barley. Full term maturation in first fill American whiskey casks.
Matured entirely on Islay for five years. Bottled unchill-filtered and colouring free at Bruichladdich Distillery at 59.9% ALC./VOL.
Peppery and sweet on the palate, with a texture of warm golden syrup. Honey and peat smoke then fired oak chips and peaty apricot jam open. Another sip brings malted barley sugars and straw, heather flower and a nutty nougat sweetness. A mineral sandy note sits on the palate and brings through a dry phenolic earthy smoke and hints of orange zest and pear drops.
12.2 - Malted to 129.7 PPM, distilled in 2015 from the 2014 harvest of 100% Scottish grown concerto barley. Matured in a 50/50 combination of 1ST & 2ND fill American whiskey casks, which were then vatted together in 2019 and finished in first fill French Sauterne wine casks.
Matured entirely on Islay for five years. Bottled unchill-filtered and colouring free at Bruichladdich Distillery at 57.3% ALC./VOL.
Lusciously soft and sweet as the fruit sweeps across the palate, lemon zest and vanilla pods come to the fore with melon and orange blossom. Another sip highlights the structure the French oak brings with caramel, baking spices and a touch of dryness carrying the smoke and the malt sweetness. Always the presence of ripe fruit drizzled in syrup speaks of the influence of the Sauternes casks.