I was just reading about X4 and just discovered it is only 3 years old. What's more there are hardly any positive words.
Anyone had it before? What's your opinion? I also bought a HP 18 and if the X4 is dud, then I will use the HP 18 for the occasion.
So the best I can do is to stop the wait and try the bottle.
The HP 18 gets the nod for the occasion.
T: Spicy and hot. Somehow temperamental, quite different and not expected. Some plastic notes.
F: Slightly plastic again, good length though.
Comment: The finish is the weak link, especially after the inviting nose. It's ok, but only purchase if your curious about a quadruple distilled whisky [and yes '+3' refers to age].
I don't think this is a cask strength whisky. iirc Bruichladdich bowed to pressure and reduced with water prior to bottling. I don't remember what %age the spirit was after being distilled 4 times either.
Klondike wrote:I believe it was distilled to something like 92% ABV
Yeah that sounds about right. I remember it as 90%. I note it now retails at £50-60 these days, which is a bit much.
Aged for 3 years in a 50/50 mix of new oak and bourbon barrels. This is the first quad-distilled whisky in Scotland for centuries. It was in 1695 when Martin Martin, explorer of the west of Scotland, wrote in his diary: "Their plenty of corn was such, as disposed the natives to brew several sorts of liquors, as common usquebaugh, another called trestarig, three times distilled, which is strong and hot; a third sort is four times distilled, and this by the natives is called usquebaugh-baul, which at first taste affects all the members of the body: two spoonfuls of this last liquor is a sufficient dose; and if any man exceed this, it would presently stop his breath, and endanger his life."
steveblack wrote:I was just reading about X4 and just discovered it is only 3 years old.
bredman wrote:...Aged for 3 years in a 50/50 mix of new oak and bourbon barrels...
I believe it is a necessity for such a strong whisky not to be aged for too long, as a liquor of ~90-92% ABV will penetrate the wood much deeper than one at the usual ~63,5% and thus much faster take a high degree of oak influence... If you age it for, say twelve years, it would become a bitter, undrinkable mess... I think it is very clever to bottle it as fast as possible
bredman wrote:Malt whisky has two reductions. Prior to casking and prior to bottling. However Bruichladdich don't reduce prior to casking, they cask at 70% generally ("straight from the still"). In the case of X4+3, i'm not sure what the %age is at casking. I'd be surprised if they casked it at 90% though.
I'm fairly sure they casked it at full strength, "straight from the still" as you say, though I didn't ask Mr. McEwan directly and don't remember where i heard it... I'm well aware, that usually the distilleries water the newmake down to 63,5% before they cask it... Anyway, quite an unusual breed this X4...
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