Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bruichladdich Rocks: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key

Bruichladdich Rocks Scotch Whisky
Bruichladdich Rocks Scotch Whisky
The Lock & Key Whiskey Bar has a great Scotch whisky called Bruichladdich ($14) which I had the fortune of trying for the first time recently at the bar. The Rocks version is an un-peated single malt Islay whisky which presents something very different for the Scotch drinker. The peat smoke aroma isn't there, but the sea salt sure is. On the nose the whisky is briny with whiffs of the ocean breeze dancing on the nostrils. It continues on the tongue as you can nearly hear the seagulls and distant fog horns when you take a sip. Malt and a touch of roasted grains balance out the salt and the finish comes in a lovely warm and slow manner, then dissipates like that same salty breeze. It leaves you wanting a beach-side bonfire kind of night.

Bruichladdich Rocks Scotch Whisky
Average Score: 76.75

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar. Lock & Key has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys available for on premise consumption. This WW feature was scored by Jay Ducote from Bite and Booze, Arthur Lauck from Lock & Key, Charlies Pierce, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y (though not undrinkable) while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 80 is rather extraordinary and anything above 90 is world class.

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