This is the 4th release in the Bruicladdich DNA Series which was distilled in 1985 and bottled in 2007 at 49.3% ABV.
Nose: Bold banana runt notes with a fruit medley (comes off like fruit cake with the spices involved), vanilla pudding, licorice, and strawberry candies.
Palate: Banana cream pie, cocoa, quite malty overall, buttery with toasted oak and berries.
Finish: Finish fades rapidly leaving behind vanilla and tannins.
Rating: 88/100 – Nose and palate remind me of why I really love some Bruichladdich releases – great blend of fruits/spices.
Value for the money: Retail ranges on these from $300-400, and I’ve thought many times about buying this particular bottle from a local store. I was lucky to be able to try it at a tasting this weekend, and I can’t say I’ll be buying it at $300+, but it’s still pretty close for me.