Bruichladdich 1986

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Muenchner Whisky Festival 2008
Stated Age
21 years old
Dark Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Aug 2008 12:28 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 306.00

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 1986

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.52 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2011]  I had this dram during a Jim McEwan tasting at Godesburg. 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 90.  Unfortunately my detailed notes were lost but I remember it had a full and complex sherry profile.  Contrary to Serge's review below I do not remember any unpleasant sulphurous notes or bitterness (and usually I own an elephant's memory on such tastes)...

    [December, 2018] ...to check if my memory serves me well I have another dram tonight - and my memory seems okay! There is not the slightest trace of sulphur in this dram (no rubber) and the bitterness is absolutely okay as long as you do not add water. All in all a nice old style heavily sherried dram - but it is absolutely essential to give it significant breathing time (this is good for 3-4 points in my score)...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is tawny and the nose offers a herbal oloroso sherry profile without off-notes. No sulphurous aroma at all but after some breathing delicious fruity, nutty and chocolatey aromas pop up. Breathing is absolutely essential for this dram so give it at least 15 minutes (better more)...
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste starts rather drying on bitter herbal and spicy (peppers, ginger) flavours on top of the sherry profile. After some chewing sweeter flavours of honeys, fruits and sugars are released and balance the taste nicely. No flaw that I can find and for sure not the slightest trace of sulphur (obviously Serge owns a blind spot for sulphur). Water is not needed because it turns the whole dram very bitter.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming with just a minor coating effect and a minor bitter-drying touch. The finish is long and adds sweeter flavours of dark chocolate and stewed fruits that are delicious. A minor bitter-drying moment pops up towards the end what happens often with heavily sherried drams. The spices grow stronger too (white peppers) and leave a lasting impression...

  2. pere scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweetish spices, polished wood, beeswax, a bit of oak, a bit of menthol, a hint of coffee, raisins, a bit of grass.
    • Taste
      Spicy, sweetish, menthol freshness, wood, oak, a bit fruity, coffee, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Spicy, wood, sweetish, dark sugar, dark chocolate. Good balance between the sherry and the wood.

  3. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Beautiful, sweet and dark sherry flavors. Fruity, slightly nutty, slightly sourish citrus. Some brown sugar. Due to the old age, he needs time to open up. Will be better and better.

    Taste: Immediately beautiful, sweet cherry flavor. Bitter - sweet. Mouth watering. Some white pepper and nutmeg. Some pear. astringent. Some honey. It is not necessarily needed water. The alcohol is well integrated.

    Finish: Long finish that changes several times. Astringent. White pepper, nutmeg, nice sweet and slightly bitter. A trace of salty.

    Conclusion: Very good Sherry - Laddi. Not too dry and dominated by sherry. Expensive but worth the money.

  4. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    Bruichladdich 1986/2008 (53.4%, OB, fresh sherry, Stillman Ruaridh Macleod, Munich Festival, cask #531)  1986 was the year when they filled a lot of sherry casks at Bruichladdich, and most bottlings we could try ranged from very good to excellent. Colour: full amber/brownish. Nose: it’s very interesting to try this against the 1998 oloroso because in these times where many bottlers try to rush maturation, that really shows that longer ageing does bring more complexity indeed. Okay, up to a certain point. This is much more complex than the 1998, with many various aromas such as, at random, chocolate, olive oil, camphor, beeswax, dried pears, coffee and raisins, and then just like in the 1998, a few grassier notes. More green tea here. Big notes of orange liqueur after a while. There’s also quite some rubber again, maybe not too far from sulphur this time, much more than in the ‘Manzanilla’. I have to say that that plus the notes of olive oil may not please everyone… Mouth: too bad, it is the kind of ‘rubbery sherry’ that I detect here on the palate, and frankly it’s not easy whisky at all. Tar, pepper, rubber bands like we chewed at school, heavy spices, very strong black tea, tannins… Maybe you have to be a fearless Münchner to really enjoy this. Actually, I’m sure some people like this a lot but for me, it’s not exactly on ‘the right side of sherriness’ if I may say so. Finish: long but bitter and tannic. Blackcurrant buds tea. Comments: there are several other 1986 Bruichladdichs that are way better than this very extreme version in my book, starting with the Country Life version. You just can’t only have stunners within one vintage I guess, but once again, some guys may love this ‘extreme-ness’. Too bad, it all started very well at first nosing, but I finally liked both younger 1998’s much better. SGP:371 – 78 points.

  5. cherokee0815 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Old Style Bruichladdich
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88


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