Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
Dark Sherry Cask
57.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Aug 2008 12:26 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 255,00

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31 × member ratings

78 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 1986

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.86 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is much better than I was expecting as I am not a sherry head but the balance on show here is what grabs your attention, everything in harmony.
    I nearly purchased this a few months after its release but never pulled the trigger, now 13 years later I realise I made a big mistake.
    One for sherry heads but the spice and peat give it wider appeal.
    A winner
    • Nose
      87 87
      Look its a dark whisky and heavily sherried so lets get that out of the way.
      It smells like blueberry mixed with a little liquorice at first, burnt brown sugar, dark treacle toffee and over cooked pastry that has gone crispy but not quite burned in the oven.
      There is also a meaty note in the mix which reminds me of the 16 year OB Flora & Fauna bottling, you know the gritty one?
      Anyway I liked that Mortlach and this meaty smells is like mincemeat and gravy but this could be a little sulphur I am getting as the more I smell it, yes burnt matches so that is not a good sign for me.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very rich, very spicy, plenty of peat and thankfully sulphur down to a minimum but a little water may change this?
      Rich dark fruits, black currant and then some dark overripe plum skins mixed with a little date, dark soy sauce and some mulled wine spice (but stronger).
      The peat and sherry mix really well here and the balance on show is also good.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warming , sweet and spicy, very nice

      With water:-

      On the nose there is more of everything in equal proportion.
      Water has released more spice and peat and the fruit is increasing , stewed dark fruits of varying descriptions and the finish is just as impressive.

  2. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It's not show only the dark sherry, fairly complex Laddie.
    • Nose
      Sherry, waxy apple, lacquered wood, glue and tobacco.
    • Taste
      Powerful, sweet and spicy. Honey, mixed fruit jam, cocoa, coffee, oak and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, bittersweet.

  3. Lafroy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very intensive sherry, a lot of sweetness, light glue and varnish, acetone mixed with sweet candied pears, white chocolate, light smoke notes, as well as light tobacco.
    • Taste
      Great sweetness and hot spices. Additionally notes of plums, black coffee, root spices, throat syrup, dark chocolate, honey, light bitterness as well as chocolate. Carnation and grape dryness in the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Very long, a little bitter aftertaste, fruity sweetness, very warming.


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