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Bruichladdich 3D3 Norrie Campbell Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Islands, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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The Bruichladdich Distillery (pronounced "Brook-laddee") is translated from Gaelic as "raised beach," according to the website. It was founded in 1881 by William Harvey where it operated until 1994, when it was mothballed by then owner Beam Global as "surplus." It was reacquired by a group of investors in 2000 and began distilling once again in 2001. The purchase included some 7,000 casks of aging whisky. They are particularly proud of sourcing their whisky from 100% Scottish barley which is "increasingly" organic. Their whiskey is bottled and aged on Islay with no chill-filtration, coloring, or other additives. According to an announcement in 2010, they will become self-sufficient in power by using "pot-ale" (the stuff left over after making whisky) adn conver it to bio-gas that will be used to power the distillery. "Drink Bruichladdich and save the planet!" announces the article. The distillery was acquired by French-based Remy-Cointreau in 2012.  

Bruichladdich 3D3 Norrie Campbell single malt scotch announces itself as "heavily peated," which is somewhat in contrast to the more lightly peated style of prior releases. It is part of an annual edition of "3D" and refers to whisky 3 decades, 3 peating levels, and 3 warehouses. The Norrie Campbell is the third edition, hence: 3D3. Norrie Campbell is the name of the "last traditional peat cutter" who died in 2006.

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TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (110) (2011-05-18)
Bruichladdich being an Islay distillery means you're bound for some serious peat to start with, and an Islay distillery creating a very peated whisky seems to indicate that, if the smokiness of even some light whiskies turns you off, this one will come at you swinging. Surprisingly, that's not quite the case. Yes, 3D3 is peated, and is probably the smokiest thing in my collection right now, but it's surprisingly smooth and non-confrontational when you first sip it. The nose is the prelude to the taste, nearly exactly. The whole effect is that of smoked meats off a campfire, topped with some hearty barbecue sauce for consumption. In fact, this would be the perfect whisky for just such an occasion. Mr. Campbell must have been a master's master peat cutter to engender such an expression with his name. You have to be a fan of smoky whiskies to want this one in your collection, but if you're adventurous, this is a solid Islay to mull over for summer parties and get-togethers
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