Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
4th DNA
Stated Age
27 years old
Number of bottles
49.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
23 Oct 2012 10:46 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 390.69

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81 × member ratings

182 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich MCMLXXXV

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.49 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Fantastic! Immediately after pouring an incredibly multi-faceted, exotic-sweet fruit bomb detonates in my glass. Fresh peaches, mangoes, pineapples, hints of juicy honeydew melon, tangerines and many other light fruits make for a wonderful freshness. Slightly sour fruit notes (citrus and green apples) contrast very well with the sweet, exotic fruits. Vanilla, caramel, blossom honey, delicate cereal notes (sweet malt), a light sea breeze (salt) and a hint of nuts follow. In the background, mature oak notes discreetly point to the old age of the Bruichladdich. The alcohol is perfectly integrated and underlines the wonderful, multi-layered and harmonious nose.
    • Taste
      With a wonderfully soft and oily texture unfolds the old Bruichladdich. At the first sip a light Pfeffrigkeit sets in, which in the short term a pleasant tingling on the tongue tip causes. Sweet tropical fruits quickly pick up the scepter, followed closely by spicy notes of oak, which now have a more pronounced flavor in terms of the age of the malts. Plenty of peaches, mangoes, grapefruit, vanilla, blossom honey and many other bright fruits take over the sweet part. Gentle hints of dark chocolate, nuts and spicy oak mix with the fruity-sweet notes. The variety between the sweet fruits and the spicy oak is first-class. Hidden away in the background is a gentle sea breeze.
    • Finish
      Very long (!), Sweet and fruity and spicy. The incredibly long finish continues to serve the connoisseur enormously many facets. A sweet and fruity interplay of exotic fruits, vanilla, honey, slightly sour notes (grapefruit), nuts, dark chocolate, spicy-tart oak notes and a minimal hint of smoke makes the mellow finish. A very slight dryness and delicate bitterness remain on the palate.

  2. c2abusus scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    The name DNA fits, this is the archetype of a Bruichladdich. Anyone who has ever tasted one, will find his memories here again. This malt is a revelation. If you do not believe that everything was better in the old days, you should try this 1985 treasure.

    Is he worth the crazy price? Yes.
    • Nose
      96 96
      First, one wonders if this whisky is actually 27 years old. The aroma is surprisingly fresh, floral, with hints of yellow fruit, kiwi, quite citrus notes. Significantly malty, hay and then he comes, the Bruichladdich-typical musty washcloth, this (great) aroma after a fermented pool, laundry, beach and sea air.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Strong start, very little water closes him. Sweetness, biscuit, honey, malt, mango, papaya, only the much-vaunted pineapple is missing here. Then oak, more precisely bright wall unit, pine furniture. Distinct spice, salt, sea.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Here the age is finally beating. Astringent, oak, salty caramel. The wood accompanies you for a long time. That's how a balmy summer evening tastes, fantastic!

  3. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Lemon, mirabelle, orange marmalade, caramel
      fruity - pure - fresh
    • Taste
    • Finish
      malty, medium hot, salty - sweet

  4. TechnOBY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      woody, Oak, tart
    • Taste
      89 89
      very strong and intensiv, dominating oak, but without any bitterness
    • Finish
      88 88
      very Long and strong

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Yellow fruits like mandarin oranges, peaches, roasted lemons. Hint of buttercream frosting and newly scraped vanilla bean. Not very bold or bright, but this is quite complex with some tertiary aromas. Boiling caramelized sugar.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very warming, peppery, slight saltiness. A bit maritime in fact. Talisker-like. The palate is rich with sweet citrus, young honeydews, and a good oaky backbone.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Moderate length. The fruits and sweetness didn't stay long.

  6. SimpleSample scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great nose ... nice and strong ... very nice
    • Nose
      Citrus notes with some caramel ... Biscuit now a few herbs are coming through
    • Taste
      Seasoning .... with a light sweet ... warming ... with fruiting lengths
    • Finish
      Short to medium

  7. H.Spekter scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Really great dram, perfect for a summer evening by the sea
    • Nose
      Malty sweet, the dram unfolds slowly and releases the first fruit next to honey. Banana, pear and apple mingle with heather. A light sea breeze bears fruit from distant lands. Woody pineapple and a touch of mango dance through the ever fresher Briese. Distant hints of eucalyptus. Oak with salt water traces and a few walnuts form a complex harmonious aroma.
    • Taste
      Taste: Sweet and creamy quickly become spicy and peppery. Fruits soft oak nuts. Mouth-filling spreads a good piece of bittersweet chocolate. A sip of Italian coffee completes the flavor play
    • Finish
      Finish: Chocolate and coffee are slow to clear the way for the oak. Always feel it stuck somewhere a piece of banana. A salty breeze blows easily through the fading flavors.

  8. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This Bruichladdich must definitely breathe a few minutes before he can fully exploit his old elegance. Intense tropical fruits, honey sweetness, subtle peat and tart wood elements, this Bruichladdich is extremely complex and complex. A great and elegant drop. I like it very much! While I write my conclusion, the departure just starts its afterburner! The harsh, peaty and fruity oak notes return ....
    • Nose
      At the beginning of Nosing the Bruichladdich is surprisingly reserved, before suddenly malty sweetness starts the nose. Sweet vanilla and honey follow the malty sweetness. A spicy cereal note mixes with intense banana aroma, pineapple and mangoes come into their own. This Bruichladdich needs time and has to breathe. More and more tropical fruits rise from the malty cereal note, apples and pears rise. Slowly, the alcohol is noticeable, the fruit note is becoming more complex and intense. Now the nose exudes a certain elegance and the old age can be guessed. While the straw-yellow straw rests in the glass with a brownish haze, tough and oily drops dissolve out of the streaks sticking to the edge of the glass.
    • Taste
      The first sip is fruity and mild at the same time. After a short moment, subtle sharpness sets in. The heat intensifies and ends in a fruity, spicy wood mixture. Citrus fruits stand out from the oak, dark nougat and a delicate peat note now dominate the taste. A fine tart smoke is above the now subtly peaty Fruchtmelange slowly sour oak tones come to light. Honey and a hint of grapefruit blend together, and the taste becomes more complex and complex. The second sip is dominated by bananas and pineapple before again a subtle smoky and peaty wood note becomes bitter and discreetly bitter.
    • Finish
      Herb and subtly bitter start the finish. Slight pungency is in the air, grapefruit flavors and other citrus fruits mingle with the tart wood notes. Every now and again sweetness flashes, fruity bananas and mangoes are doused with honey. Thereafter, this harsh and slightly peaty wood aroma sets in again. The sharpness glows briefly before the finish fades away very slowly. Tart yet fruity wood elements are remembered for a long time.

  9. Hemdl scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    In any case, I like Bruichladdich and how can I actually attach an unbiased opinion to the lapel on such a malt?
    This is really big cinema, without question. A fantastic malt, which surpasses the very strong Golder Still again. A wonderful interaction of various flavors, alone the nose is an absolute treat and I'm glad to drink this malt.
    • Nose
      The bright madness. In contrast, the Golder Still is an orphan, whom I had a few days ago in the glass. Incredibly complex and downright beguiling.
      Extremely sweet and fruity - which barrels were there at work and so rich? The sweet tropical fruits literally jump on you and make me mouth water right after your first nose. Mango, pineapple, sweet grapes, honeydew melon. Slight Zirtus notes. Only after a while and in the background does some oak hint at the age of the malts. Not as latently dull and woody as other single malts at this age, which were not "beefed up" by any finish.
    • Taste
      Extremely oily consistency, the malt leaves tongue and palate. Here, the malt looks much more mature and older. Juicy peaches and sweet fruits, as already in the nose. Immediately afterwards spicy oak, citrus notes. Some honey. In spite of the ever-increasing seasoning not bitter. It becomes a little less sweet over time, and the oak also makes light floral notes.
      On the tongue more varied than in the fantastic nose. A beautiful interplay of sweetish aromas with the age and associated maturity of the malts.
    • Finish
      Extremely long, mild and spicy, it gives long pleasure. Slight notes of candied nuts. Even minutes after the last sip Malt is still present and does not want to give way. Impressive. Again, no disturbing bitterness or dryness. Is that some smoke in the background, or only I have this association?

  10. Gronqvist did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted May 2014.
    • Taste
      Apricots, cherries, guava, melon, lime, caramel, honey, nougat, vanilla, barley, soft Sherry, wood shavings and oak
    • Finish
      Long and spicy but also soft and fruity, with notes of creamy vanilla, dried apricot, oak and lidi sea air.


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