Bruichladdich 25-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Stillman's Dram
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
45.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 jul 2010 1:36 pm

Average value

€ 457.08

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10 × member ratings

18 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bruichladdich 25-year-old

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.00 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  The Stillman's Dram series was invented to address the drinkers market only (back in times when there were just a few collectors and almost no investors at all out there).  That is why there is no additional information on the label (what else should a drinker be interested in than the minimum age of its malt - something all the NAS bottlers should remember these days:  Never Accept Stupid marketing!).

    And the same is true for the taste:  It is an easy sippable, non-spectacular malt - one to finish the bottle in one go (of course, not alone but with good friends).  It has no flaws, is well balanced and rounded - simply easy quaffable. 

    What else to say? Nothing really needed if you are in for drinking!  All others should ahy away from this and rather buy the overprized new Port Ellen or Octomore editions...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Stillman's Dram - A (Further) Independent Bottler? No, but a very special original bottling. The so-called 'Stillman's Dram' series united, until around the turn of the millennium, the top fills of the various companies of the American Jim Beam Group in Europe / Scotland. ('JBB - Jim Beam Brands Greater Europe'). The group included Whyte & Mackay and Invergordon. In this respect, the whiskys in this series are invariably original bottlings of various distilleries of the time, such as Bruichladdich, Dalmore, Fettercairn, Tullibardine, Tamnavulin, Isle of Jura and just Bruichladdich. As JBB withdrew from Europe, the Stillman Drams also disappeared continuously from the market. The 25yo Stillman is the little brother of a trilogy of Laddie's 25yo-26yo-27yo. Distilled sometime early-mid 1970s. Eye / Nose: Optically strong gold. The alcohol content may appear to be low for today's conditions, yet flickers in the nose at the beginning of an alcoholic note, a hint of benzine, which evaporates allersings immediately. The typical fruitiness of Laddie distillates from the 1970s remains fresh, fresh, fruity, pleasant sweetness, a bit warm bread dough. Palate: Very smooth. What strikes me immediately is an effect that I recently noticed in Gordon & Macphail's 1966 Caol Ila Centenary Reserve. The Malt acts, as unfamiliar as pleasant, initially rather cool in the mouth. Frequent cask strength changes the perception in the long run, but I realize for myself. Very full, elegant taste. Fully ripe, sweet fruits maybe mirabelle or rather nectarines. Some oak spice on the border to the bitterness, without exceeding it. Okay, not a tremendously multi-layered malt for his age. A DNA II 1977 or a Laddie 1970 is a different league - but IMHO is still much better than some riot stuff that is sometimes traded as single cask for high prices on the auction platforms. "Clear, unfussy and delicious" characterizes the taste impression of the Stillman 25 quite well. Finish / Conclusion: Medium-length finish, which, like the nose and palate before, the honey-like, unobtrusive sweetness and fruitiness, here I have now rather ripe, yellow pears, worn. Towards the end it looks dry. Basically completely successful. Class malt from another time.


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