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Happy Robbie Burns Day!

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There's nane that's blest of human kind,
But the cheerful and the gay, man, Fal, la, la, &c.

Here's a bottle and an honest friend!
What wad ye wish for mair, man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be o' care, man?

Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man:
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes not aye when sought, man.

Get your drinks up!


The Bruichladdich Islay 14 Year old is unique in both character, as well as the bottling of this specific run, as is apparent from the image to your left.

This limited run commemorative bottling was issued when an Islay fisherman discovered a bright yellow object floating beneath the surface on the ocean, 5 miles from Bruichladdich. At first thinking it was a drum, he was shocked to discover it was in fact a Ministry of Defence submarine ROV, and a long drawn out incident ensued when the MOD initially denied that it was even theirs.

To commemorate this somewhat farcical affair, said run features pictures of the ROV on the label, as well as a somewhat comedic message on the back:

"FOUND: One submarine, wallowing aimlessly in North Atlantic near Islay. Colour: Bright Yellow. Distinctive markings: Ministry of Defence. Contact: Fisherman Baker on Islay 917850. Reward Expected"

Colour: Warm caramel.

Nose: Hot, orange zest, honey and heather with caramel accents.

Palate: Buttery salt & seaweed mixed with cereals that give way to fresh passion fruit and tart apple.

Finish: Strong-bodied with a sweet but brief, uplifting hot spicy finish.

Overall: While the Bruichladdich 14-year old is really quite a savory scotch, there is little to no smokiness and the finish comes off a touch spicy for such a smooth, buttery palate. All around however, an excellent single malt from a distillery that enjoys producing commemorative runs.


Recent Comments

  • Ryan commented on Isle of Jura 16 yr:

    Picked up the last bottle of this at Summerhill a couple weeks back and, my God, I missed this!

    A quick search of the LCBO site doesn't turn up any hits for this 16 yr old. It's again, gone too soon!

  • Ryan commented on Aultmore 12 year old :

    Great to hear Gillian P, thanks for the feedback. Considering how fond he is of the Aultmore, I'd suggest looking at aged expressions from the following distillers: Cragganmore, Glen Grant, Glen Elgin, and Aberfeldy. If you can't track those down, let me know and we'll try to find something else ;)

  • Ryan commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    You're embarking on quite the quest; good luck Marc!

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