Bruichladdich 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Cask Series
Stated Age
27 years old
17 yrs Bourbon Casks + 10 yrs French Oak
Number of bottles
49.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L/161727 17/344
Added on
14 Jan 2018 10:32 pm by Torbehn

Average value

€ 447.02

55 × in wishlist

195 × member ratings

507 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 1990

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.64 points

  1. waal scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Aroma / Nose feeling:
    Oh, gorgeous! The non-smoky Islay malt exudes fresh and fruity notes in abundance. Cherry, lime and sugar candy come to my mind. I can not help but think about Caipirinha. Accompanied by a pleasant sweetness and the aromas of wild berries, as well as coffee and chocolate. What I have here in the glass is subtle, fine and noble. Right top class. Whether it is as an aftershave? ???? Seriously - do they even know what they are doing at BL? I can not stop smelling the glass, but then "overcome" the first sip.

    Taste / mouthfeel:
    Acid of orange and lime make the first impression in the mouth. Unfortunately the malt (a bit) watery and really unfortunately, unfortunately not very exciting. Something is missing the substance. The wood is pleasant and the malt is not astringent. Pleasant spice spreads in the mouth. With each sip more the Laddie is better and creamier, but unfortunately he remains little complex.

    Finish / aftertaste / Length:
    The finish is short to medium, but very pleasant. In particular, the Nachschmecken is lovely and evokes in me associations of wild berries, vanilla and especially strawberry. The last impressions are then still somewhat astringent.

    Overall impression / comment:
    Ui, that's a pity. So promising was the beginning of our short 2cl-friendship, but unfortunately the single malt could not keep the suspense. After the tasting on the BL website, I read about how "risky" the process was after 17 years of ex-bourbon and 10 more years of ex-wine casks. Well - I suppose there was nothing else left, because without the wine finish, the malt would probably have become extremely meaningless ... Nevertheless - the Laddie reconciled with the aroma and the fine (if not exciting) notes in the taste and finish. Thus:

    87/100 (range flavor to taste: 12 points)

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfully soft and mild, creamy and fruity, varied, extremely tasty and delicious! The only small point of criticism: Sometimes I lack volume, strength and a little bit of my own character. Of course, the whining is at an extremely high level ... tastes and pleases!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Reddish copper shimmers in the Premium Snifter, extremely thick "legs" stick to the glass wall. Dried grapes and berries rise powerfully with caramelized sugar and a fine maritime note, sour cherries and sweet mandarins are added. Sweet peaches and minimal hints of sweet tobacco come into their own, red grapes spoiled by the sun and creamy milk chocolate caresses the nose, leather, caramel and toffee melt minimally, the saliva is suddenly stimulated!
    • Taste
      The first sip pours mildly, gently and creamily on the tongue. Dried fruit, milk chocolate, creamy toffee and caramel, fine grated oranges ends in a wonderfully subtle sharpness between the lips, hazelnuts play with walnuts, slightly sour fruit notes are covered with velvety vineyard peach. Slightly salty, maritime influences come into play, creamy wood tones melt nuances of cold smoke and peat, honey and a pinch of black pepper rest on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Dried grapes and berries, sour cherries, milk chocolate, cedarwood and hazelnuts melt gently and creamily on the tongue. The tasty flavors remain oily and greasy for a relatively long time, albeit weakly, on the palate before they end with a creamy wood note and a handful of hazelnuts.

  3. Glensiddich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Had just one sample dram of this but what a dram. Subtle and powerful, rich and delicate, so complex and creamy that I wish I had bought a bottle. However, it ain't cheap.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Mmh interesting, another candidate where I was initially rather disappointed, have now left the sample aside for a while. Limited today ... and wow ... I'm really excited today. Is it due to the daily form? Something bothered me the first time, I don't know exactly what ... again I didn't write any notes back then. Well then I share what I like today. Somehow I just find it brutally tasty, maybe it is because I had a few whiskys in the glass before. Sure, he is not a complexity monster despite his age, but that doesn't always have to be the case. The fruit influence through the French Oak is unmistakable, a lot of wine, cherry, spice and tannins in the nose. Add to that tobacco and the smell of old ashtrays, where you can't get rid of the smell despite washing it several times. Pleasant in the mouth due to the somewhat "low" alcohol strength but in no way lax. Very spicy, no acidic-fermented note and extremely tasty and saliva-stimulating. Again this combination of cherry and tobacco. A little bit bitter chocolate, Mon-Cherie. Spicy sweet aftertaste, now also slightly sour and very pleasant. Would prefer this whisky for currently 380 euros at any time to the 2 years older 800 euros expensive release 1988/2019, which in my opinion is an outrageous insolence in terms of price-performance. 90 points

  6. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      It takes 30-40 minutes and then finally opens up more and more. At the beginning it was only round and ripe with a spicy wine note, but closed. Then I have to think of copper, then I still have gooseberries, the Nivea lacks some complexity, but this exuberant beauty from sweet, mild age is just great.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Delicious, but too much alcohol on the palate for the level, which unfortunately drowns out the nice impressions from the nose. At the back, bitter oak only remains medium in length and a bit too much bitter sweetness at the back, and too little complexity.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Good, but not outstanding finish.

  7. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Quite a stringy part, some will even hate it because it leaves very little whisky, I definitely do not understand the very high ratings, but it is completely lacking in complexity, but it has something delicious in the juicy fruit.
    • Nose
      Phew, what a mega wine nose, good or bad, maybe. a little more bad because there is not much whisky left, could really be light red wine, wild berry bushes, sulfur from extinguished matches, plum, rosemary, dark chocolate, fennel, black pepper and a little cherry
    • Taste
      Plum, cherry, but very distinctive and quite spritzig for 49%, looks like a not perfectly rounded fruit schnapps, dark chocolate, with clearly woody notes, moist earth, damp leaves
    • Finish
      Furthermore Obstler, Earl Gray Tea, plum with skin and core, medium length

  8. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Overall, a challenging drop. You need time and a little more than 2cl to get involved in the depth.
    An excellent laddie, but it doesn't knock my favorite BlackArt 04.1 from the throne.
    • Nose
      91 91
      In the nose exactly my thing. Old sherry profile. Lots of wood, library, leather, plum jam, ...
    • Taste
      88 88
      First a fruity sweetness on the tongue, then a slight tingling, immediately the tart and spicy wood tones take over. The cooked fruits need a little to find their way and to become noticeable.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Here the wood tones take a back seat. Take over red fruits, caramel and some strange herbs. Finally, a little delicious butter biscuit.

  9. Malthead19 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: amber / copper

    - a very intense, voluminous sherry malt
    - very complex, but going in the direction of Black Art
    not quite ran
    - for currently over 300 € very high price, but very cool
    also very expensive
    • Nose
      sweet, intense, voluminous, fruity, dark sherry, raisins, very complex
    • Taste
      strong, very intense start, very mouth-filling, wet old wood, dark sherry, cherry, raisins, red fruits
    • Finish
      long-lasting voluminous finish;
      long finish with a strong sherry aroma

  10. boozegeeksouth scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    This is really far too easy to drink!


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