Bruichladdich Islay Waves: The Rhinns Edition

I have long been a fan of Bruichladdich whiskies, particularly those like the Black Art. When I saw Islay Waves, I jumped to add it to my collection.

Bruichladdich Islay Waves
Bruichladdich Islay Waves

Imagine my disappointment when, on first try, it is nothing like as deep and complex as the Black Art. Luckily, I did not leave it there. Over the past month I have been getting to know Islay Waves better.

Unlike the whiskies I usually stumble across, the complexities of Islay Waves are much more subtle than I am used to.

  • Look: Very pale and light in colour
  • Nose: Hints of vanilla, mild traces of peat, caramel
  • Taste: Here the peat comes through a bit more strongly, followed by a slightly smokey, salty and light caramel finish

The only mention of Waves from Bruichladdich website is this eulogy:

Links, Infinity, Waves and Peat bottlings are being phased out and will be no longer available by 1st June at the very latest.

Waves, a young version of Bruichladdich, was an accident. It started life destined exclusively for the Italian market, it was never intended as a strand alone bottling, and was ultimately incorporated in to the trilogy of bottlings along side Rocks (unpeated) and Peat (clearly peated) as a half-way house between the two.

Finally, I have recently discovered that the subtle smokiness is a great complement to apple pie, especially when the apples are soaked in the whisky before baking!

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