Overall rating
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Calculated age
16 years old
3 Sherry Hogsheads & 1 Ex-Bourbon Barrel
60.4 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
21 Sep 2017 5:16 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 195.21

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich Br7 ElD

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.20 points

  1. Hemdl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A bit of everything, nothing too much. A really pleasant and beautiful Bruichladdich with interesting notes. It has a lot to offer, without getting lost in complexity and is therefore suitable both for sociable rounds on the table as well as for epicurean evenings in the appropriate round.
    • Nose
      Where do I begin? Sweet sherry, red fruits and some smoke behind them. Ripe, spicy, earthy notes mingle with the sweetness of the sherry casks and give the Bruichladdich an intense aroma, which is almost a bit "old school". The alcohol is wonderfully integrated, there are no discernible notes. Also no trace of sulfur.
    • Taste
      Strong start, but not numbing. Again, the alcohol rather a side note. The sherry notes are now accompanied by a strong reference to these semi-solid caramel candies, which you always got when you were a baker and I ascribe to the Bourbon Cask. Sweet and fruity, but at the same time with distinct maturity and spiciness. One notices that this is not one of these extremely young Malts, which has experienced a turbo-rifle in "intensive barrels". Some salt is also noticeable, along with spicy oak and chewing tobacco.
    • Finish
      Medium long and downright cuddly. At the end then a bit astringent and with strong oak, without really getting bitter or completely drying out the mouth. Here, too, I end up with a noticeable smoky note.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    The main component of the Br7 release comes from 3 sherry hogsheads, and the marriage of 1 ex-bourbon barrel. Distilled in 2001, this Bruichladdich is beginning to show its age, as intense fruits and oaky vanilla notes intertwine.

    Cask details;
    Distillates from 2001 matured in 3 sherry hogsheads and a bourbon barrel.

    Tasting Notes;

    Blue cheese and dates with a glass of cream sherry to start, with a second course of cinder toffee sprinkled with boozy raisins. Notes of Teurgoule – Normandy-style rice pudding – slowly build.

    Dried fruits and dark chocolate mingle with honeycomb and clotted cream. A touch of sea salt adds a savoury element to this rich and heavy malt.

    Rum-soaked fruit cake leads, making for a long and warming finish which slowly fades into notes of toffee sauce.

  3. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose and mouth are killer and so nice. The finish is a pity as this dram could have deserved 91/92 points for me but with the finish it cannot be a 90 points dram for me. Nevertheless I am very happy that I have opened my bottle for tonight's special occasion.  
    • Nose
      Darf fruits in rum is immediately in the nose and let me dream of my childhood when the adults where having their deserts with it while us youngest needed to deal with some berry liquor on top of the pudding. Nevertheless this flavor in the nose is now back and memories feel great :-)

      After some seconds you get peat & Islay but it remains fruity with a bit of honey and bacon. 
    • Taste
      The mouth is very nice balanced and a pair of salt & sweetness which makes this dram very complex but also very yummy.
    • Finish
      In the finish you have the first time the bourbon cask influence showing up. It is also a bit metallic and a bit too dry for me.

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Difficult to grasp for me. Definitely needs time in the glass, then he grows. The sulphurous note in the nose is a bit annoying, in the mouth the powerful-intensive, spicy-fruity profile is very good. Also in the finish, the bad note (sulfur?) Flashes through me a bit and disturbs the otherwise good finish.
    • Nose
      84 84
      spicy earthy; slightly sulphurous note; Tobacco notes; there's a sweet sherry note behind it; Red fruits; Vanilla; with time in the glass it becomes sweeter and rounder - water intensifies the development
      Nose not too complex and the slightly sulphurous note disturbs something.
    • Taste
      89 89
      powerful and intense; very spicy; peppery; sweet and fruity; Dried fruit; red berries; Tobacco; Coffee; slightly salty; subtle smoke note; Oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      astringent with a noticeable oak note; spicy; no bitterness; Coffee; Tobacco; delicate smoke note; a light touch of sulfur flashes through

  5. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted blind at the opening of the bottle. A Bruichladdich? The barrels dominate completely on the grain side of the distillate that is often found. The patience is for this sherry so that it expresses itself fully. Enthusiasm: Nose 4/5 Mouth and finish 3/5
    • Nose
      Intense woody. Quite rich and deep, with fruits behind. Dry fruits include (almonds). Warm and caressing. He looks pretty mature. With water, more open, with hazelnuts. It becomes very full and aromatic. Coffee.
    • Taste
      A little hard hard at the level of alcohol. He appears younger than the nose would suggest. And less greedy. The texture becomes more soft and fluid.
    • Finish
      In the continuity of the mouth.

  6. Mapl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great barrel compilation. Nose and palate are absolutely great! Unfortunately, he weakens in the finish. Still very pleasant.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Strawberries, blackberries, cherries, honey, herbs, herb candy, some wood, some earth, some citrus, spices - I would say they are cloves and / or aniseed, nuts
    • Taste
      Herbal candy, apple, herb honey, nuts, wood, coffee

  10. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This independently bottled Bruichladdich single malt from the Elements of Islay series is packed with typical sherry flavours, dark chocolate and warming spices. The distillery character as well as the influence of the Bourbon barrel are hardly noticeable. A bottling that will probably please sherry aficionados much more than Bourbon fans.

    • Nose
      Typical aromas from the sherry casks: rum raisins, dates, maraschino cherries and blackberries. Herbal notes, black tea and coffee are added. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      Thick, sweet and creamy on the palate at the beginning with raisins, cherries and blackberries. Then warming and clearly dry with herbal notes, dark chocolate, coffee and some nutmeg. Very mouth filling.
    • Finish
      The finish shows a nice length with creamy fruit notes, herbs, christmas spices and espresso.

      Considerably more herbal and coffee aromas after adding a few drops of water. The fruity notes are noticeably tamed and pushed into the background. Fairly warming on the palate with sticky fruit, dark chocolate and lots of herbal notes. The finish is still long, creamy with fruit, coffee and nutmeg.


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