Bruichladdich 1984 Golder Still

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
23 years old
Bourbon Squat Hogsheads
Number of bottles
51.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
21 dec 2008 9:55 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 933.78

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Whisky reviews for Bruichladdich 1984 Golder Still

15 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.49 points.

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Bruichladdich, says tOMoH, “the only distillery on Islay to be built of concrete“. Our song clue is Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’, appropriate enough for a distillery and its mission-terroir.
    N: Equally as old skool as it is contemporary with a creamy phenolic quality few seem to register. Almost farmy at times, so savoury in nature and yet there’s golden syrup also. Overall, complex, composed, and perfectly seasoned.

    T: Rich, savoury, light herbal with an elegantly soft phenolic barley chew, milky barley faithful becoming more and more fruity.

    F: Heathery malty, phenolic milky [so more of the same], rose petals, milk of magnesia,…

    C: A classy all-rounder. Being far more phenolic that I know Bruichladdich to be and to have been way before the medium & heavily peated expressions began to emerge in the noughties, I thought Talisker was a good shout. Most likely a cask charring/toasting situation than a random/mystery peated spirit run.

  2. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Birthday Session 2.4 - Tasted Blind


    Very interesting dram, especially interesting to taste blind, because it feels much more old-school than it actually is and you wouldn't make a fool out of yourself for thinking there might be some sherry in it.

    Fat, oily, greasy profile with complex and atypical associations : thick vanilla custard meets leather and a touch of sulfur, then feels quite "surf and turf" because you would find clams, snails, but also chicken stock, mud, mushrooms ... woosh, this is covering a lot of bases and it feels indeed very old school and very funky but in an un-modern way. Palate is very umami, very aromatic, with a greasy texture once again, sweet teriyaki mingles with vanilla custard again, surprising, slightly bizarre at times but bursting with personnality. Finishes on countryside tones with earth under the rain.

  3. Spoerkel scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully oily. A worthy senior.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    If you want a vanilla forward, light spiced, and warm sweet oak in beautifully balanced dram with a Bruichladdich malt backbone, you’ve come to the right place.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Vanilla heavy, lemon, malty, cream, hay, cinnamon - very dessert like and quite inviting
    • Taste
      91 91
      Much like the nose the vanilla is the star of the show, fresh vanilla bean, perfectly integrated spices, rich and round, the 51% is great undiluted, oak comes after the vanilla and sweetness subside
    • Finish
      90 90
      A warm oak and spice finish, when one breaths out the vanillas are still present. Medium long

  5. Squinugie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A great Bourboncask gem!
    • Nose
      Very nice, extreme bourbon nose, a lot of vanilla, fresh, clear malt, pineapple juice in the background, green apple with shell, some hay and light honey, lemon drops, some corn, round oak notes complete everything
    • Taste
      Ah, very beautiful and full of Bourboncask-start, beautiful vanilla everywhere as rarely otherwise, full of light honey, very round malt notes as well as light, but nicely rounded by the age oak, noble lemon drops without much acid, more with the fruitiness, pineapple, hint Mango and Lychee as well, everything very round and aromatic, as well as full in the mouth
    • Finish
      Drying, the great vanilla remains with the honey, lots of caramel now, dry lemon peel, light malt and a few oak chips in between, quite long, yummy

  7. Hemdl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    What else do you want to say big? A great ex-bourbon cask whisky that combines almost everything you would expect from a good whisky. A wonderful malt. Point.
    • Nose
      He makes the first nose right mood. Sweet vanilla, some honey and spicy oak give a wonderfully pleasant aroma. Sweetly playful, yet ripe and strong. Something malty sweetness, a bit of lemon, green apples and tropical fruits (pineapple!). All wonderfully soft, without corners and edges, but without being boring.
    • Taste
      Fresh and sweet at first, with the refreshing notes from the nose. Vanilla, honey, sweet fruits, light citrus notes. Total for 51.0% Vol. Wonderfully soft, creamy and mouth-filling. After the sweet and fresh aromas, the spicy oak slowly emerges and plays out the age. Slightly peppery notes accompany the whole, not too spicy.
      All in all, very elegant and pleasant
    • Finish
      Long finish, the long maturation time plays here now the entire range of spicy oak, without bothersome bitter or dryness. Is there some smoke in the end?

  8. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Jim McEwan, head distiller;

    Character: Medium weight, clean as a whistle with a marble smooth texture. Mellow and supple with excellent clarity. From a run of experimental, dumpy, squat puncheons that increased the wood to spirit ratio.

    Colour: Liquid Gold.Nose: Layered and seductive aromas opening with mature malted barley biscuity notes. Drifts of lanolin and vanilla, followed by yellow fruits. All underpinned by distinctive marine aromas. Warm sand, sea sprays and canvas sails encased by mellow American oak.

    Palate: Appealingly harmonious. On entry the spirit reveals a compelling hand-made quality that only slow distillation can create. The integration of barley sugar, light oak, almond and buttery toffee in harmony with warm barley and bourbon sweet oak is slipstreamed by coastal sea breezes.

    Finish: Incredibly long, sweet and super mellow. The flavour coming back for encore after encore, never wanting to leave the stage. It will gently win your affections with its purity and Islay warmth and integrity.

    Mood: Mellow. Patient, quiet and slightly demure. Take your time - you just know you are in the presence of an iconic single malt. A taste experience you will long remember.

  9. JohannesB scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The fruity-floral spirit of Bruichladdich harmonises perfectly with ex-bourbon barrels. In this case, the "squat hogsheads" that have long since disappeared from use, with their large wooden surface, have created a wonderfully complex, tropical-fruity but unmistakable Bruichladdich. In the past, many things were better.
    • Nose
      Buttery and sweet with lots of vanilla, fudge and American cookies. Behind them are many ripe and dried fruits: red apple, peach, passion fruit, mango and pineapple. A touch of lime juice and lemongrass plays with a touch of maritime notes - despite all the sweetness is not to hide the character of Islay. Everything is embedded in a malty and viscous sweetness that contrasts with delicate oak tones in the form of walnuts and a hint of coffee .
    • Taste
      Powerful and at the same time elegantly sweet, the malt hits the tongue. Initially, with strong spiciness and a hint of pepper, many dried fruits quickly follow: peach, nectarine, pineapple and apple rings. Not as fresh and clearly oxidized as it is in the aroma. The oily mouthfeel ensures that you do not want to swallow the whisky at all.
    • Finish
      Sweet biscuits, vanilla, caramel, toffee ... The whole range rolls over and over again through the mouth. Accompanied by now noticeable oak spiciness, some pepper and more than just a hint of sea air and spray. A wonderful blend of fruity paradise and rough coastal charm.

  10. Patrick93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. steinrich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A great single malt but the finish is a bit short and disappointing.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  13. Drochaid scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The elegance and fruitiness of Bruichladdich whisky goes well with bourbon barrels. A connection that, if it was not closed in heaven, then on Islay, as the legendary 1970 bottling has shown. The unique Golder Still comes from unusual bourbon barrels, rare squat hogsheads. These rare "clumsy" barrels were used for a short time in the eighties, before the American Coopers switched to the common format to facilitate storage. The added whisky-to-wood contact of the maturing whisky is reminiscent of the characteristics of barrels from days gone by: a moving barley and sugar flavor and a radiant, seductive, natural color, much more golden than any other type of American oak could ever be today.

  14. Malt Hans scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Bruichladdich 1984 23YO "Golder Still", 51%. Fruity and spicy aroma, lime, passion fruit, apple, ripe melon, ginger, cloves, pepper, vanilla and malt. Vanilla sweet taste, ginger, pepper, red apples, walnuts and and malt. Long, spicy and malty end.

  15. Feusi scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It's not the blakker still, but absolute a good one...
    • Nose
      Oh, a lot of vanilla in the nose, honey, malt and almonds, a sweet bomb.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly fresh citrus notes (for that age) nice to drink, sweet and warm, again malt, honey and vanilla with some spicy notes.
    • Finish
      A rather not so long finish (i expect it longer), spicy bitter oak notes in the backgrounf with a hint of peat and smoke.

  16. Feusi scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The latest release in Bruichladdich`s `Still` series (after Blacker and Redder), Golder Still refers to the colour provided by the experimental `dumpy` squat bourbon Hogsheads that the spirit was matured in. These casks gave a greater ratio of wood contact to spirit and have resulted in the eponomyous `Golder Still` spirit, it says here. Cunningly, the bottle has been coated, so unfortunately this amazing golden colour can`t be seen until you have it in the glass... TWE


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