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Review: Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 640 – Eroica

by Chris Perugini

The third and final release of the Bruichladdich’s Cuvee range, Eroica is a 21 year whisky that spent most of its life in American Oak before being finished in Limousin oak that once held Cognac. It was aged for 21 years. The subtitle of this release is ‘Oh mensch! Gieb acht! Was spricht die tiefe mitternacht?’, which is the first line of Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. That’s deep. It’s a good thing I’m drinking for this.

I rarely hop over to Islay but this release makes me want to come back soon.


Bruichladdich 21 Year Old Cuvee 640 - Eroica - 46% ABV
Category Notes
Appearance Gold
Nose Soft vanilla, orchard fruits, winey, herb garden, cooked plums, fennel, cherry, sea salt
Taste Apples like on the nose, cherry cough syrup, some nice oak, a decent amount of orange, hint of Laddie bog, Smarties candy, kiwi
Finish Big and bold, dark chocolate, bordering on cappuccino, the right kind of mineral earthiness, oak in the back, spiced fruitcake, pears, clove, a bit of white pepper.
Overall Thoughts I'm careful with my Islay whiskies due to my aversion of peat, but as long as I avoid their clearly marketed peat-bombs, Bruichladdich seems to impress me more and more with every expression I try.
Total Score 91/100

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