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Bruichladdich Distillery Island of Islay Scotland

Bruichladdich 10yo (1980’s)

Review of a Bruichladdich bottled in the 1980s.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing barrels: N/A
Chillfiltered: N/A
Added coloring: N/A
Owner: Bruichladdich (Rèmy Cointreau)
Average price: € 220.00
Official website: www.bruichladdich.com
Vote: 84/100

I have in my hands a whisky from days gone by, with a nice jump back to almost 40 years ago.
At the time, Bruichladdich was working on a reduced regime, and within a decade it would close down for just over a five-year period, before the relaunch that would bring it to be one of the most territory-oriented distilleries in the sector.

As is often the case with such old bottles, I have not been able to find any definite information on the barrels used and the bottling method: thank you in advance to anyone who could tell me more.

Tasting notes

Gold in the glass.
The nose is very biscuity, lots of cereal with marzipan, vanilla, plums, hazelnut and liquorice. Pinch of pepper. Simple and linear, but inviting.
The palate confirms the (relative!) somewhat exuberant youth of the whisky, with the malty aspect well in the foreground and an alcoholic bite that is stronger than it should be, tending to overpower. Liquorice very much present, along with a touch of nutmeg, dates, lemon zest, vanilla and ginger. Almonds in the background with a woody touch. Sweetness with a bitter veil.
The finish is quite long and astringent, dry, with almonds, ginger, liquorice and wood.

It’s a pity the alcohol upsets the cards, otherwise this would have been a much more pleasant whisky, not memorable. Still, it remains a very different cross-section from what Bruichladdich has accustomed us to today, with an interesting dram nonetheless.

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Octomore 11.1
Octomore 10yo 3rd Edition
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