By: Andrew Whiteley
K&L Staff Member
Goodness Gracious - this is a hell of an Islay whisky. Adam Hannett has crushed the ball out of the park, off the island, and into the sea with this one. Typically I'm not a huge fan of red wine cask whiskies, but there have been a few releases over the years that have caught the attention of my palate. I had a sneak peak at this beauty when wandering the warehouse with Mr. Hannett back in the Spring of 2018. There is a veritable treasure trove of casks from Bordeaux's top producers hiding mere feet from the edge of Loch Indaal. These casks represent the first time I've been truly excited for red wine finished whiskies to come to market. While the MRC:01 first hit shelves in the US last year, we only received a minuscule amount of product at that time. The peculiarities of different markets has somehow meant that a sizable portion of this rare release has found its way to CA in the middle of 2020. Finally some good news for the year! The peat is intense - the nose smells like you're walking through the rubble of a burned down malting facility combined with a BBQ pitmaster's best cherrywood smoked brisket. Add to that the salt air of Islay, dazzlingly deep ruby red fruits courtesy of MRC's finest Bordeaux, and you have a complex powerhouse. The all Scotttish Barley stands up strong against all this peat and wine. It's easy to see how a lesser malt would simply be lost here, but at the generous ABV of 59.2% everything lines up just right. Whether it's Bruichladdich itself, Islay in general, wine finished whiskies, or all of the above that you love, this bottling is not to be missed any aficionado or collector.