Bruichladdich X4+1 is an experimental spirit quadruple distilled by Jim McEwan, Bruichladdich master distiller from 2001 to 2015.
The first entry of quadrupled distilled spirit comes from 1695 when travel writer Martin Martin visited the Western Isle of the Hebrides. Martin called the spirit “usquebaugh-baul” and warned: “two spoonfuls of this liquor (…) may stop ones breath and endanger ones life”. Bruichladdich X4+1 was distilled in March 2007 and aged in ex-bourbon barrel # 69 for a little over a year. Bottled at natural strength of 65,4% abv for the Fèis Ìle in on May 25, 2008 with an outrun of 800 bottles. Since the spirit was aged for less than three years it cannot be legally called whisky.
Nose: spirity and malty, bread dough, apple peel, vanilla, notes of pepper and ginger.
Palate: spirity, sweet cereals, apples, pears, hints of grass, vanilla and pretty strong peppery notes.
Finish: not too long, spirity, with notes of malt, vanilla, summer fruits and pepper.