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Bruichladdich and Yquem

Published:  23 July, 2008

Islay distillery Bruichladdich has matured its new 2nd Edition' malt in barrels from Premier Grand Cru Class Sauternes Chteau d'Yquem.

The new whisky spent 15 years in first-fill Bourbon casks before spending 20 months in the Yquem barrels (from the 2001 vintage) for richness'.

According to Bruichladdich's managing director Mark Reynier, it is getting harder to find enough Sherry casks of the right quality and age, so we are looking more and more at sweet-wine barrels, since European oak gives a very different flavour to American and we want to experiment with it. We are not going to make a song and dance about using Yquem barrels - it won't be mentioned on the label - but by using Yquem we are getting top-quality barrels of the right age that have an impeccable provenance. Plus, they owed me a favour.'