“The Italian Collection” released in the fall of 2007 included six whiskies distilled in 1993.
After 14 years in ex-bourbon casks they were transferred for several months to barrels from high-class Italian wines, equivalent of French Grand Crus. “The Italian Collection” got excellent reviews. Only 3000 bottles of each expression were produced and they are now very high on every whisky collectors’ list. Barolo is considered one of the top Italian wines, next to Brunello and Amarone. It is made with the Nebbiolo grape; barrels for the Bruichladdich edition were sourced from Gaja vineyard in Piedmont.
Nose: flowery with delicate sappy notes, blackcurrants, cranberries, traces of vanilla cream, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Palate: smooth, earthy, red fruit, vanilla, late spiciness (black pepper and nutmeg).
Finish: medium long, dried berries and toasted almonds.