Bruichladdich 1986

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Cask Series
Stated Age
30 years old
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
44.6 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L161564 17/272
Added on
04 Nov 2017 8:50 am by mandragoru

Average value

€ 897.37

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89 × member ratings

104 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 1986

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.67 points

  1. Gloin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The smell can only be described in one word: noble. This refers to a perfect harmony of flavors. Although there are certainly more complex whiskys, not many can be found, whose smell is so perfectly coordinated.
    In the mouth shows a Bruichladdich typical character, which fits through the long maturation better than younger Bruichladdich to the overall picture. The perfection of the smell can not quite be repeated, but great enjoyment remains.
    The long finish forms a round conclusion.

    A great, if not perfect, whisky that once again proves that Bruichladdichs are best when you give them time in the barrel.
    A great whisky.
    • Nose
      It starts with cherries, followed by sherry, earth, wet, mellow wood, red grape juice, plum, dark pie crust
    • Taste
      Appearance, wonderfully oily body, sweet sherry notes flood the mouth, followed by a slightly acidic note, a distant memory of the fermented fruit, which characterize younger Bruichladdichs, a hint of sulfur envelops the taste of chocolate and cherries, barely bitterness, subtracted from one gentle caramel note. In the second sip, there is some oak in the form of delicate bitterness.
    • Finish
      Bitter chocolate notes, black tart cherries, a touch of sulfur, dry sherry, finely flavored Oloroso, sherry and cherries remain on the palate for a long time

  2. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    quite a load of sherry. dark mouldy wine cellar, nuts, dark chocolate, marzipan and dried fruits mingle and bring a lot of sweetness. oak delivers spices, some traces of white pepper which is swept away by sweet and leathery tones immediatley. This is really some nice sherry bomb! Quite a dram!
    Tasted this one twice and the second time the bottle was open for some weeks. this inmproved the experience quite a lot. The low rate on the price is due to the fact that there are other sherry bombs which do taste at least as good as this one but don't call for this money. This is still top notch malt though!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. TechnOBY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      very complex with dried fruits, dates, dark sherry
    • Taste
      91 91
      very complex with old sherry, dried fruit, some bitter almonds
    • Finish
      90 90
      dry, very bitter aftertaste. Only after some time slight tingling on the tongue.

      Medium long, but somewhat disappointing compared to the nose

  4. rolabob scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  5. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. ebbe-sand@web.de scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Serge 

    Bruichladdich 30 yo 1986/2017 (44.6%, OB, Rare Casks Series, Oloroso sherry casks and PX sherry butts, 4200 bottles): 85 Punkte

  9. drummer & timmer did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • 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.
    • Taste
      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 is 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.

  10. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Named as "The Magnificent Seven": the website states:"Ultra-rare. This is our elegant, floral Bruichladdich with intense, full-term sherry maturation. First filled into Oloroso butts in 1986, this spirit lay untouched in our loch-side warehouses until 2012 [already 26 years old], when our then Master Distiller Jim McEwan decided to supercharge this sublime single malt by filling it into our privileged parcel of Pedro Ximinez butts from winemaker Jan Pettersen at bodega Fernando de Castilla."


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