Bruichladdich Waves Islay Single Malt (46%)

on Mar 23 in Pictures, Scottish, Single Malt Whisky by James

I am not a fan of peat. To me it smells like TCP. Nothing worse than being a kid and skidding across the school yard on your knees. Friction makes light work of your cotton/nylon mix trouser leg before setting to work on a couple of skin layers. As you stand up you feel fine, nothing, but after a couple of seconds your knees feel like they are on fire.

What is the solution to this common primary school mishap? Pour what feels like acid onto the wound. Lets fight fire with fire, bring on the TCP. What is worse than the above? Having to drink one of my favorite tipples that both smells and tastes like TCP, THAT’S WHAT!

Tenuous links aside Dan essentially told me to ‘Man up’ and tackle my demons head on. No matter how much I protested he made the very good point I wouldn’t be able hide in my protective sphere of Speyside forever. He had a Bruichladdich Miniature 3-Pack kicking about and gave me the Waves 50ml bottle to try.

Another rant incoming……”Once you get use to it, it is nice”. That’s not how I roll. I don’t like Colemans English mustard. I don’t intend on ruining my roast beef dinner by smearing that shit all over it with the hope of “getting use to it”. If however, in a couple of weeks, months or years time I do begin to come round to the acquired taste of Peat I promise you this. I will spread an inch thick layer of Coleman English mustard on my beef, and eat it.

What does Bruichladdich Waves smell like?

TCP, with hints of burnt trouser legs and grazed knees.

Battling my way through the peat there are hints of fruit and smoke. Taking a sneaky read of what other people say salt and seaweed can be smelt. Taking some long and deep snorts I just couldn’t get past the smell of alcohol. It burns, my eyes.

What does Bruichladdich Waves taste like?

It’s smooth. Wow, the salt intensifies the sweet fruity flavours. It’s a combination that somehow works, attacking your taste buds, unusually pleasant. The peat is incredibly mild and doesn’t arrive with any momentum until the finish. I am making the assumption you could happily snaffle down a few glasses and not have “peaty nostrils” the following morning.


It’s not bad, but nor is it great. I enjoyed drinking it, purely because it was different. I tried some Yamazaki sherry cask shortly after and it was like having 24 carat gold butter poured down my throat. At £30 for a 70cl Waves is reasonably priced and I am certain people will find a great deal of joy in this bottle.

I am impressed and intrigued with Bruichladdich. This is a brave and successfully mad experiment. Frankensteins monster lives, a tough but charismatic salty exterior, a dark and mysterious peaty soul with a soft fruity heart.




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