Distilled in 2002 and matured for 15 years in a fresh sherry cask, this enigmatic release titled Faodil comes to us from Bruichladdich. Bottled at cask strength after dumping from Cask 1266 with no coloring or filtering.
Powerful fudge, cream, sherry notes. Fig, stewed fruits, dark tobacco and old musty pungent desserts. Ripe plum.
Sweet on the palate, delivers a moderately rich mouth feel. Complex with tons going on, but not a pungent, heavy, syrupy feel on the palate, which is fine. Pepper, some earth and minerality, bright cherry, fig, cocoa, grape notes. Tiniest hint of ash.
Long finish. There’s some smoke here, but it’s subdued behind cocoa, fig, caramel, plum and succulent dessert wine.
Impressive, enigmatic yet more - this reminds me of a very lauded bottling I’ve had in the past - SCN’s Port Charlotte, but with the peat removed. Fantastic stuff.