Bruichladdich 1986

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 881.54

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 1986

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.19 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. Najzero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Was able to try this at puttgarden recently.
    Bought a bottle of it and Frazer Mathews was kind enough to pour us a neat dram out of an open bottle under the desk.

    As someone stated earlier, this is "noble".
    I wished for a bottle since it came out (my first birth-year-bottling... dang, that is so stupid, but this stuff is worthy anway).

    If you don't have to keep money/performance ratio in mind, this is a solid 93.
    If you are a poor person like me and money somewhat plays a role, this is somewhere between 89 and 90... still quite good.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 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."

  7. DannyDram scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very well balanced, could be a little more complex.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sherry, walnut, dates, tobacco, oak, honey. Very harmonious, depth, pronounced intensity.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Honey, oak, nutty raisins, chocolate. Harmonious, nice texture, creamy, fat, oily, sweet, full-bodied, good aroma pressure.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Sherry, honey, oak. Nice finish and medium-long finish

  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. grinface scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is crazy stuff. You should try it if you have the chance. The finish is already for advanced students. The vinegar couldn't just make fans. I just thought it was great. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/11/10/bruichladdich-so-wie-sie-kommen/

  10. ardbeg4life scored this whisky 93 points Newbie


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