The Bruichladdich 10 Year Old; a discontinued expression that's great, but hard-to-find.
Bruichladdich has done so as much to reinvigorate the whisky world over the last few years. They’ve pushed hard for higher bottling strengths (the ten year old is bottled at 46%), foregone artificial colouring and made a mockery of the concept of chill-filtration. They've almost single-handedly made Scotch whisky exciting again.
This was the very first 10-year-old whisky to be made following Bruichladdich's resurrection in 2001. It's an uncompromisingly traditional whisky, there's a real contrast going on between the element of sweetness and the sourness and the herbal bitterness. It has a slight absinthe note to it which would traditionally accompany a Bruichladdich from the olden days.
It's a great single malt that feels more like a 12-year-old than a 10 and is matured in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, but, unfortunately, this expression has been discontinued and it's going to be rather hard to find.