Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
19 years old
1st Fill American Oak Hogshead
Number of bottles
51.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Mar 2010 2:17 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 279.90

8 × in wishlist

13 × member ratings

20 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 1990 AD

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.44 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An Adelphi bottling of a 19-year-old BRUICHLADDICH from a barrel, which resulted in a total of only 65 (!) Bottles, is at least very unusual and was sold out immediately when it appeared a few years ago. Only now and then appeared, always a lot more expensive, somewhere a vial on. Sixty-five Bottles After 19 Years, That Might Have Been A 68l Roundlet Or A Similar Small Keg. Where 19 years in a Rundlet would hold a great danger, since it is well known physically for any type of barrel, the smaller the barrel, the greater the contact area between oak and fire. In fact, in this case it was an American Oak Hogshead with 300l. Sounds weird? But that's the way it is! As you can see from the official notes on the website, this is one of the very rare 'leakers', that is, a barrel that, in simple terms, has slowly left the warehouse over the years. The nightmare of every warehousecrew. It is not uncommon for a barrel to lose anything beyond the normal Angel's Share, but the lapse of a barrel over the storage period is of course another story altogether. Let's take a look at the numbers. An American Oak Hogshead, with a capacity of 300 liters, is one and a half times larger than an American Standard Barrel and still 50 liters larger than its Scottish counterpart of the same name. Since I do not know exactly how and where the keg was stored, we assume for simplicity that Angel's share of 2% per year. Would mean after a maturation period of 19 years about 204l or 291 bottles regular filling. In other words, Adelphi has lost about 226 bottles or about 25,000 EUR to the barrel at the issue price. Annoying. The whisky itself is terrific anyway. Absolutely extraordinary and IMO is an excellent example of the fact that much air and the associated, increased oxidation is far from being a death sentence for a malt. In any case, if it is an untested BRUICHLADDICH. Eye / Nose: A color like lighter, black tea, with unusually many sediments in the malt, almost a bit like a Blackadder Raw Cask, but of course without the popular 5g "Holzextrabeigabe" on the nose Laddie pure. Wonderfully, the Brennereicharakter comes to light. Apricots, mirabelle plums, white grapes, butter rings, a little alcohol so you do not lose respect for the cask strength. Palate: Very round, vanilla fruit flavors, light honey, caramelized Apelscheiben, maritime freshness. This particularly pronounced fruitiness! Again, quite classic, as it is known in similar form from the distillates of the distillery from the 60s / 70s of the last century, when the distillery was still the property of Invergordon. At that time, Peter Logie and then Ian Allen in 1972 had the helm in hand, who was still in office and honor in 1990, when our Adelphi Laddie was burned here. A bit more powerful than I am used to it from some other old laddies that are more heavily watered in the style of the time. But not much, so round and elegant, the almost 52% ABV in the glass. Finish: The finish absorbs the fruit flavors from the palate and brings, almost unexpectedly, a lot of oak freight, without the malt would be bitter. Essentially, it adds an interesting dimension to the taste and is now exceptionally mature and as elegant as it is complex. Very beautiful! Somewhat reminiscent of the style of the crew Valinch 17 'Kate Hannet'.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 65 bottles from cask no. 3646

    Warm gold with khaki lights – perhaps on account of the cask itself, a first-fill U.S. oak hogshead, which was a ‘leaker’ and has yielded only 65 bottles. Damp gabardine to start with, then tart apple sponge becoming Swiss roll with apricot jam. In time it becomes more fruity (plum crumble?).  A dash of water introduces Islay/maritime characteristics: bath salts, sandy beaches and perhaps a thread of smoke. As the whisky developed in the glass, we noted Imperial Leather soap and Bath Oliver biscuits. A light body and pleasant texture; sweetish and lightly acidic, with a trace of salt; somewhat mouth-drying; a medium finish, with dry marzipan and chocolate in the aftertaste. Drink as an aperitif but remember that it is only 1 of 65 bottles!


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