Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
50.7 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
09 Jul 2007 10:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 835.12

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98 × member ratings

271 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich Blacker Still

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.27 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    With a few drops of water added first:-
    My first impression is that there was quite a lot of oak in this mixing with a little peat?
    Bags of flavour in this one, both dark and red fruits, hints of marzipan, light sherry,
    There are various cakes, ginger, black & white pepper and the peat mixes beautifully with everything else.
    A very good Laddie , water is recommended to release the flavours.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Drink whisky, not that the nose would be bad, quite the contrary, but his true ability he shows only on the tongue, while he gives enough time through his slow power delivery to sort the flavors. A wonderfully balanced, complex and powerful whisky, rightly a legend.
    • Nose
      At the beginning sweat, cowshed and oranges. After some more time on the maritime side with some disinfectant and caramel. I'm looking for the oranges. I find acid Zeste. With more time, the nose sets something, dry fruits are now added to complement, now and again are now flights of oranges, juicy blood oranges, in the foreground. Still dominating is the maritime, now with a hint of menthol. In the warming up the nose becomes more monotonous: musty cellar, sour cask notes, with sherry, but hardly fruity, the nose looks downright old. Heated, this profile holds in principle, but is again complex and sweeter.
    • Taste
      The taste gives the nose almost completely, powerful but very tender and leisurely, he wants to say, it takes time to develop his power. A mouthfeel, which is thin and tough at the same time, indescribable. The flavors are very tangibly tangible and little diffuse or anegdeutet, I found dried fruit, a load of salt, the oranges, some menthol and also harsh hints, leather.
    • Finish
      Warm and still powerful, it initially sounds good on all flavors, then it lingers in the mouth for a long time with a nice combination of tannins, light acid and some eucalyptus. In addition a slight ashiness. An ashen, salty, nutty memory lasts forever.

  3. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Jim McEwan, head distiller;

    Character: Viscous, warm, rich and responsive. A spiritual pleasure in its prime with the congenial heart warming unique marriage of Islay, Portugal and Spain.

    Colour: Dusky, vintage sweet sherry.

    Nose: The first wave of aromatics is one of mixed fruits, sweet sultanas, prune, ripe plums and raisins all sprinkled with Demerara sugar. This is followed by the classic tropical fruit notes which are the Bruichladdich house style. They intermingle superbly, supported by nutmeg and toasted walnuts, then a dash of brine floats by. The ambrosial aromas are simultaneously strong and elegant; they rise slowly like the incoming tide to reveal the sweetness of the unpeated malt – biscuity and crisp - leaning towards vanilla with a twist of mellow oak and almond. Its olfactory overdrive, do NOT add a single drop of water!

    Palate: The palate presence is one of concentrated understated power and finesse that allows the flavours to emerge slowly. The Sherry/Port notes concede to the purity of the malt and seem happy to support rather than dominate bringing harmony to the glass. On the back palate a nutty sherry/toffee flavour brings closure and contentment.

    Finish: A satiny aftertaste that seemingly goes on forever, culminating on the mellowness of the oak.

    Mood: Absolute decadence!

  4. Feusi scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    From the first sip of a delighted heart. One of the best Bruichladdich ever. Intense and long lasting. Warming and comforting. A lovely dram for the beautiful eve after a meal with friends. Wonderfully balanced flavors and aromas in the nose as well as in the mouth. Peat with some wood and sherry, definitely a masterpiece. Dried fruits, raisins and caramel in the wonderfully pleasant fragrance. Nutty sweet sherry peat and toffee on the palate with a perfect finish


  5. LaddieNerd scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    For me the best whisky I've had in my glass over the past few years. The alcohol is well integrated. Complex and above all round overall composition of diverse fruity notes with subtle wood, a little nut with a little spice. Just great!

  6. Holbech scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. AAA scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. MrRancho scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very fruity, the taste is very woody. The taste does not come in the same class as the nose. Overall very complex and balanced.
    • Nose
      Great dried fruit mix, especially prunes and raisins, a little vanilla and cotton candy. After a long smell comes some more seaweed or water.
    • Taste
      Nut, wood, salt, dry, a little lake, creamy, light fruit
    • Finish
      Very long for wood and a lot of salt

  9. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 500 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2015

  10. SteveW110 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky, a bit overrated ... The redder is a little better in a direct comparison.
    • Nose
      woody, nutty, peppery, tobacco, a little dark chocolate
    • Taste
      fruity spicy take on an incredible oily structure.
    • Finish
      Long finish with a wonderfully integrated oak


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