Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
3 Refill Hogsheads
53.8 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Oct 2013 10:03 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 87.46

17 × in wishlist

63 × member ratings

142 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich Br5 SMS

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.85 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    Richer than most Br bottlings but still easy drinking, this dram ramps up the spice and chocolate notes and received praise from whisky writers worldwide.

    Cask details;
    Three refill hogsheads distilled in 1992.

    Tasting Notes;

    Sweet and floral, with grassy meadows, straw, honeysuckle and touches of Honeydew melon.

    Spicy to start, with brown sugar softening cinnamon and nutmeg heat. Heather honey and milk chocolate notes develop, along with hazelnut brittle and sweet vanilla.

    Warming and spicy, fading to clove studded oranges.

  2. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I was a bit baffled by this whisky, as it felt flat after trying some other Bruichladdich first (see below), but water opened up a fruitiness that I liked. Sadly the nose and the finish never quite did it for me.

    My score for Elements of Islay Br3 is, just like for this one, below the WB average, with other users clearly deriving more enjoyment from both bottles. I guess I'm just not a Bruichladdich man.

    Tasted with 5 other Bruichladdich: Bere Barley 2008 (84 pts.), Bere Barley 2010 (82), LaddieMP4 11yo (83), 12yo 2004 "A Dream of Scotland (82), and 13yo cask 5016 by Maltman (85).

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fresh and fruity, easy drinking and very good.
    • Nose
      Fruity and fresh. Peach, melon and some floral notes. A touch of grass too.
    • Taste
      Once again, fruity and fresh with a spicy touch. Peach, oranges. Honey and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium, fruity and spicy.

  8. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    20 years in refill hogshead. It's very well done.
    • Nose
      Flowers, melon, grass pasture and autumn moorland
    • Taste
      Spicy, then sweet. Cinnamon, vanilla, peanut. Honey and cocoa.
    • Finish
      Long with cocoa and orange peel

  9. ThS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2015: 96 pts

  10. ThS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes from TWE:Nose: Sweet, with honeydew melon, grassy meadows, straw and floral hints.
    Palate: Sweet wood, honey, flower petals, hazelnut brittle, cinnamon and chocolate touches.
    Finish: Warming spice, orange peel and hints of clove.


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