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Bruichladdich 1966

Overall rating
91.44/100
votes
58
Whiskybase ID
WB14053
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Riserva Veronelli
Vintage
1966
Bottled
1983
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
2400
Strength
53.5 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Moon Import
Market
it Italy
Added on
21 feb 2010 6:27 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1625.00

22 × in wishlist

58 × member ratings

36 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 1966

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.44 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2022] Last night we did another of these 3M-tastings (Mega-Monster-Marathon) in memoriam of good old Roland (R.I.P.) who introduced me into the wonderful world of single malt whisky: Six people, six hours and sixty drams (small measures only, because otherwise we would have ended up at the hospital).

    In such a setting it is neither possible nor does it make any sense to write detailed notes hence take my scores with a grain of salt. This was the menu after a "warm-up" with four private cask samples (not rated):

    01) Aberlour Glenlivet 1965, 8 years old, dumpy square bottle, pale colour, 50% WB5993 ~ 90 points
    02) Aberlour Glenlivet 8 years old, dumpy square bottle, dark colour, 50% WB158028 ~ 92 points
    03) Springbank 1973 Samaroli Ageing Monography, 15 years, 50% WB21389 ~ 93 points
    04) Caol Ila 1978 GM, casks 5347-351, 11553-564, 13 years, 63.7% WB29413 ~ 91 points
    05) Slim Cowell's Personal Selection II (Glen Garioch), 1972, 15 years, 60.0% WB45342 ~ 95 points
    06) Slim Cowell's Personal Selection III (Glen Garioch), 1973, 15 years, 60.5% WB146707 ~ 94 points
    07) Slim Cowell's Personal Selection IV (Glen Garioch), 1975, 15 years, 56.0% WB143920 ~ 93 points
    08) Glen Cawdor 1976 (Glen Garioch), Samaroli, 57.0% WB121474 ~ 92 points
    09) Inchgower1974 TWA private stock, 37 years, 60.6% WB28329 ~ 92 points
    10) Bowmore 1989 TWA private stock, 22 years, 43.9% WB28483 ~ 89 points
    11) Caol Ila 1984 TWA private stock, 27 years, 49.5% WB34021 ~ 92 points
    12) Caperdonich 1972 SV Sailing Ships, casks 7130-2, 16 years, 40% WB23773 ~ 91 points
    13) Irish Single Malt 1989 TWA for TWE, 27 years, 46.8% WB108763 ~ 91 points (unusual double distillation only at Bushmills)
    14) Tamnavulin 1966 TWA private stock, 44 years, 44.9% WB18650 ~ 91 points
    15) Aultmore 1974 TWA private stock, 37 years, 41.2% WB28676 ~ 92 points
    16) Clynelish 1972 TWA private stock, 38 years, 45.8% WB17240 ~ 95 points
    17) Glenfarclas 1969 SV dumpy, casks 52-54, 20 years, 58.2% WB12666 ~ 93 points
    18) Fragments Of Scotland Orkney 1977, Samaroli, bottled 1988 50% WB3972 ~ 92 points (Highland Park)
    19) Old Pulteney Pure Highland Malt, GM 8 years, 40% WB151788 ~ 90 points
    20) Laphroaig 10 years Cask Strength 1000ml, very first (test) batch for duty free only, 57.3% WB38563 ~ 95 points (very fruity, contains mid-70ies stuff most probably)
    21) Oban 13 years The Manager's Dram, bottled 1990, 62.0% WB9873 ~ 88 points
    22) Bruichladdich 1968 Stillman's Reserve, 25 years, 45% WB113139 ~ 90 points
    23) Macallan 1965 OB, bottled 1983, 17 years, 43% WB11236 ~ 93 points
    24) Lagavulin 12 years, old green ink label, 43% WB13018 ~ 95 points (very dark colour due to high share of sherry casks)
    25) Lagavulin 12 years, old white label without glass horse, 43% WB56654 ~ 93 points
    26) Ben Nevis 15 years, OB bottled 1981 40% no WB id ~ 93 points
    27) Talisker 1953 GM, old CC label, 24 years, 43% WB16701 ~ 92 points
    28) Ardbeg 1974 GM, new map label, bottled 2003, 43% WB7855 ~ 93 points
    29) Ardbeg 1974 GM, old map label, bottled 1996, 40% WB6301 ~ 92 points
    30) Ardbeg 1974 GM, old map label, bottled 1994, 40% WB12156 ~ 93 points
    31) Ardbeg 1974 GM, old map label, bottled 1993, 40% WB17457 ~ 93 points
    32) Ardbeg 1974 GM, old map label, bottled 1991, 40% WB33242 ~ 94 points
    33) Springbank 15 years, brown ceramic book, 43% WB57174 ~ 93 points
    34) Bruichladdich 1965 GM, casks 5525,5530,5531, 25 years, 53.5% WB16888 ~ 90 points
    35) Bruichladdich 1966 Moon Reserva Veronelli, bottled 1983, 53.5% WB14053 ~ 92 points
    36) Ardbeg 1974 SSMC, cask #4377 19 years, 55.1% WB11798 ~ 94 points
    37) Aberfeldy 19 years The Manager's Dram, bottled 1991, 61.3% WB26 ~ 93 points
    38) Rosebank 15 years Unblended Single Malt, 75cl Zenith Italia, 50% WB3455 ~ 91 points
    39) Ardbeg 1967 DL, 32 years, 185 bottles, 47.5% WB5563 ~ 90 points (unusual green colour, strange taste)
    40) Brora 1971 DL OMC, 29 years, 258 bottles, 50% WB3925 ~ 96 points
    41) Longmorn 1969 GM Limburg Whisky Fair, cask #3724, 38 years, 54.6% WB3697 ~ 93 points
    42) Springbank 1965 Alte Tabakstube, cask MM 1980, 30 years, 53.8% WB12393 ~ 94 points
    43) Ardbeg 1973 Dun Eideann, cask #3933, 17 years, 55.4% WB17211 ~ 95 points
    44) Ardbeg 1972 Dun Eideann, cask #3444, 18 years, 58.9% WB22995 ~ 94 points
    45) Longmorn 1972 GM, cask #1078, 38 years, 53.9% WB22210 ~ 93 points
    46) Glen Garioch 1968 OB, cask #614, 29 years, 54.4% WB7312 ~ 94 points
    47) Springbank 1966 OB, cask #489, bottle 157, 31 years, 52.0% WB8801 ~ 96 points
    48) Talisker 1955 GM, cask #1315, 37 years, 50.4% WB23839 ~ 94 points
    49) Ben Nevis 1966, OB 75cl, 26 years, 59.0% WB6306 ~ 95 points
    50) Ben Nevis 1966, OB 75cl, 25 years, 59.0% WB28465 ~ 96 points
    51) Bowmore 1971 Sestante, 14 years, 57.7% WB53113 (but different label) ~ 95 points
    52) Bowmore 1966 DL, cask #3317, 40 years, 43.2% WB2192 ~ 97 points
    53) Avonside Pure Highland Malt 1938, 33 years, sherry wood, 43% WB157130 ~ 91 points (very interesting dill herbal flavours)
    54) Laphroaig 1966 SV dumpy, cask #559, bottled 1996, 48.6% WB8206 ~ 95 points
    55) Laphroaig 1967 SV dumpy, cask #2957, bottled 1994, 50.1% WB3139 ~ 95 points
    56) Ardbeg Over 10-years old, CA dumpy for SCOMA, 58.5% WB46394 ~ 94 points

    No more drams this evening! And please remember: Whisky was rather made for drinking than for herding...

  2. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Schollus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet cherry nectar dominates, musty forest floor, Worcester sauce

    Palate: very pleasant, smooth and mild, herbal children's meucal, sweet old-school sherry notes, pine nuts in plum jam, dates in milk coating; slight influences of soy sauce and eucalyptus

    Finish: nice and round and expansive

    A not complex, but very elegant sherry flatterer of the extra class; but without a lot of distillery recognition value

  4. pere scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very enjoyable whisky, if not the most complex one. There isn't that much Bruichladdich left under all that sherry, but I like it a lot.
    • Nose
      Sweet sherry, raisins, demerara sugar, mint chocolate, distant smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet, sherry spices, antique furniture, dark chocolate, coffee, chocolate truffles
    • Finish
      Still sweet sherry spices, dark wood, a bit of dark chocolate, salt, some mint, a bit of menthol

  5. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty, but it lacks some power and variety / depth for more points.
    • Nose
      Dream, pure fine toffee, marzipan, nougat, candied ginger, macadamia nuts, pecans, sweet rum, papaya and kumquats
    • Taste
      Slightly sweetened lime, papaya, mango, pineapple, sweet malt, salt, wax, marzipan and toffee, a hint of salt
    • Finish
      Toffee, menthol, some grated chocolate, malt and anise, medium to long

  6. cuhp scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Salt, sweet sherry, pears, apples, leather, chocolate, caramel, coffee.

    Taste: Red berries, salt, leather and red apples.

    Finish: Caramel, chocolate, coffee, bitter, sherry fruits (raisins, prunes etc.), a hint of smoke and menthol.

  7. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Simply sublime.
    • Nose
      Beautiful nose. Red fruit, camphor, prune, plum, strawberry, cherry, noble wood, bitter chocolate. Oily leather. Licorice. Very nice sherry
    • Taste
      In the mouth it's sweet. Alcohol is perfectly integrated. On the red fruits, a little exoticism. The wood is noble and camphorated. Light dust, old book.
    • Finish
      Finale on old sherry, cherry, strawberry, very noble wood and cocoa. Mango, pineapple.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    Very complex, round and the sweetness is really not disturbing but fits perfectly into my overall impression. This is already my winner of the day - just flabbergasting!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Intense, fruity, dry sherry wood, nutty, dried fruits, hints of raisins, dark chocolate, acacia honey, nutmeg, cloves, pepper, hints of leather and rubber boots, cooked oranges, jam - very good!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Very very oily and creamy, sirupy, liquorice, plenty of dried fruits and sweetness, plums, prune, sweet figs, molasses, chocolate, mocha, more spices, more good sherry wood - superb!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warm, sweet and sticky, fruity

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    22 23 23 23 91

    Gorgeous old Bruichladdich, and the farther in the glass the better, superb!

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tonight its a mid 1960's Bruichladdich face off, lowest abv first    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/8797/bruichladdich-1968-mi 

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/30927/bruichladdich-centenary this is a 15 year bottled in 1981  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/14053/bruichladdich-1966  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/16892/bruichladdich-1965    Result   

    1 -  Penny Black   

    2 - Reserva Veroneli   

    3 - 1965 Samaroli but splitting hairs with the Reserva Veroneli   

    4 - Centenary   

    The 1968 Penny Black MI wins because it had a little more of everything and at only 46% had the most to offer on the palate. 

    There is really nothing between the  Reserva Veronelli 1966 and the 10 year Samaroli 1965 only that the Veronelli you could tell the extra years had added a little extra to the profile but the Samaroli 10 year is a belter for one so young.  Although the centenary was last again hardly anything in it and all 4 of these Laddie are great bottlings and this was a really enjoyable H2H

  11. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A great nose on this one.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is really good, water is not needed.
    • Nose
      It is all on orange and peat with warm pastries and then some peach comes in, with a little spice.
    • Taste
      Orange marmalade,  plum loads of peat, spices peach again and some apricot. It then almost gets a little rough with the spice and peat but I think that is entertaining.
    • Finish
      Gets more spicy towards the finish but it is a long one

  13. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [2015]  I had this dram during a private tasting of whisky connoisseurs at Limburg.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  I took no detailed notes as there were simply too many drams...  Every connoisseur brought several bottles from his collection to the tasting where they were lined up by common decision.  Just 1 cl was served as otherwise we probably would not have seen the end of the tasting without medical problems.

    As this was a flabbergasting event I list all the line-up and my resp. scores below:

    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/39946/cardhu-08-year-old  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9831/lochside-1963-jm-reserve  (85)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/23579/tomatin-30-year-old  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/4500/caol-ila-1975-hb  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/65842/macallan-08-year-old  (85)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/78220/glenfarclas-05-year-old (87,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/71733/glen-albyn-10-year-old  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3395/glenlivet-21-year-old-archive  (87,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/20921/glenfarclas-12-year-old-all-malt-unblended  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/89719/glenfarclas-15-year-old  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/24838/caol-ila-20-year-old  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7465/longmorn-1970-sms  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/82141/glenfarclas-1968  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/45205/talisker-1957-gm  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/8777/tamnavulin-18-year-old-mi  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/7089/glenglassaugh-1967-sv  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/17649/macallan-1964  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/62640/macallan-1960  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/24438/longmorn-1969-cc  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/18387/glen-garioch-1972  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/66468/isle-of-jura-1966-ca  (90)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/19830/isle-of-jura-1966-sv  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/66937/bowmore-1971-ses  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/27784/bowmore-1971-ses  (95+)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/36977/dalmore-20-year-old  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/15376/imperial-1962-ca  (95++)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/8819/ardbeg-1974-ses  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/63790/ardbeg-1974-gm  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14053/bruichladdich-1966  (92,5)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/12289/laphroaig-12-year-old  (95)
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/56284/springbank-30-year-old  (92,5)

  14. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2009]  I had this during the 10th Anniversary Tasting of MaRa at Limburg.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  My notes state a slightly punchy nose on floor wax, raisins and herbs.  The mouthfeel is quite peppery and the taste mainly on chocolate and liquorice flavours.

    The line-up of this evening was stunning if not decadent (again):

    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/90570/sennachie-30-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9423/macallan-1936-gm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/17011/highland-park-19-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/425/brora-1st-release
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14053/bruichladdich-1966
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/20062/glenrothes-1966-wm
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/3453/rosebank-20-year-old
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/14595/springbank-1973-ca
    - https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/76458/bowmore-bicentenary

    Guess what, I enjoyed this evening very much (thanks for that, Roland & Carsten!)...

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