Bruichladdich Distillery officially released three special expressions from its 1984, 1985 and 1986 vintages. These editions are described by Adam Hannett – Head Distiller for Bruichladdich – as ‘last of their kind…’
Regarding the release of these special expressions Mr. Hannett, commented;
“These rare, old single malts are a direct link to our past, to the men who made truly special spirit here while facing very different circumstances to those which we enjoy today. Testament to their skill and hard work it was laid down to mature by the shores of Loch Indaal, unaware of what the future might bring. Three generations of distillers have watched over it, each of us helping to shape the final concept. It has been my privilege to decide that the treasures we have nurtured are now ready to be brought to the world.
These whiskies when tasted leave me speechless. They are in their prime, the last of their kind and can never be repeated, never recreated. Nothing quite like them will ever be seen again.
They are some of the most symbolic whiskies I have worked with and they are profoundly important to me… They are as old as I am. They reflect my life and experience, those moments that mean so much to us all. The moments that define us; when we marry, when we become parents and when we achieve our dreams and are recognised for our achievements.
These are the moments that deserve to be celebrated with something extraordinary. I hope you will be able to join me.”
All bottles come with a price tag of £700.00 per bottle and will be available via Bruichladdich website and other selected retailers.
Bruichladdich Rare Cask 1984 / 32
The last spirit from the last 12 casks from 1984 legacy distillation. Limited to 3.000 bottles.
Color: An Islay sunrise.
Nose: Gorgeous. Classic old school Bruichladdich. Coconut, warm Muscovado sugar, vanilla custard, grapefruit, mango, baked ginger biscuits, marzipan. After a while notes of date syrup and sultana.
Palate: Soft and gentle texture, a delicate dram. Crème brulee, buttercup and orange zest. Gently warming the palate, it opens to reveal a touch of leather, toasted oak and praline. Sweet citrus and mango come through later.
Finish: So gentle but a lovely finish of warm scones and dried fruit, candied orange, lemon peel and apricot jam.
Bruichladdich Rare Cask 1985 / 32
The spirit originally comes from third fill Bourbon Casks. Later on, they were placed in fresh Bourbon casks before being finalized in French oak from one of the greatest French Chateaux. Limited to 4200 bottles.
Color: Blood orange.
Nose: An amazing array of notes. Blood orange, nectarines, banana bread, desiccated coconut, vanilla custard, then more floral and nutty tones, geranium, marzipan, walnut, heather honey.
Palate: Tremendous presence on the palate, the texture is wondrously soft and syrupy. The short ACE in the wine casks has given a warm, nutmeg hint and a layer of fruity notes, raspberry, blackcurrant jam and ripe plum, all perfectly balanced by years in American oak – cinder toffee, lemon meringue and coconut – bounty bar sweet. It opens continually to reveal layer upon layer of complexity.
Finish: Long and gentle, the oak influence is strong with waves of soft vanilla wafer, toffee, and sandalwood. Then lemon barley sugars, a hint of salted caramel and apricot syrup.
Bruichladdich Rare Cask 1986 / 30
Limited to 4200 bottles, this edition spent the first 26 years of its maturation in First Fill Oloroso Butts before being finished in Pedro Ximinez butts from winemaker Jan Pettersen at bodega Fernando de Castilla.
Color: As dark and mysterious as PX itself.
Nose: Dried fruit – raisins, fig syrup, prunes and Christmas cake. Muscovado sugar, a hint of hot sand and candied peel, dried tea leaves, pipe tobacco and leather rolled in PX.
Palate: The aroma is truly astounding. On the palate, the experience raises the bar still further with sweet PX notes, raisins, dried figs, dates, grape sugar. Leather, cigar boxes and Christmas cake. Everything a Sherry matured whisky should be and more. The complexity and balance are retained as the marine freshness and fruity notes of apricot and apple come through from the Bruichladdich DNA.
Finish: Never-ending. Sweet fruit, PX, salted caramel, cinder toffee and a hint of smoke.