Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Willi Opitz Trockenbeerenauslese Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Nov 2007 5:24 pm

Average value

€ 280.37

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 18-year-old

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.23 points

  1. Jan B. scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Why is this ingenious bottling, despite the little Laddie-hype lately such a shadowy existence? And why are the average ratings so modest? Here we have a top distillate quality, top barrels and unmistakable Brennereicharakter. Delicate, dynamic and great balanced! No extreme flavors, no dark sherry, no fruit, smoke or alcohol bomb, but here everything is just right. A true gentleman of soft tones and for me the most typical Laddie, which I had so far in the glass ...
    • Nose
      Immediately a warm wave of sweet, yellow fruits beats you. Mirabelles, ripe pears, sugared lemon, with slightly maritime and oaky-musty notes, but also with a tart-fresh contrast. Very pleasing and complex! After some time, delicate herbs and pastries unfold, such as freshly baked yeast cake. Even some marzipan or bitter almond flavor. The expected sweet wine note is very discreet.
    • Taste
      Very strong, fruity-sweet start! Again yellow and exotic fruits like mango and pineapple. The vinous, berry notes are now a bit more intense, the oak is immediately present! There they are, the 18 years, felt even more! He is really oily, wide and heavy in the mouth. After a short, sweet onset, the malt turns to earthy-mineral; the taste is much drier and spicier than the nose, very dynamic, slightly peppery, but not spicy. The 46% fit perfectly - at no time comes the desire for cask strength. The mouthfeel is altogether very oily and velvety, a delicate, dry nuttiness is spreading.
    • Finish
      Very soft and consistent sounds this great malt, a delicate bitterness and dryness dominates. Fresh tobacco leaves, espresso, dark chocolate and even a hint of peatiness is noticeable.

  2. VollePulle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2012]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Bonn.

    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 85.  At this time I took detailed notes of whisky only if it really interested me.

  4. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    2nd Tried:- April 2016
    Fresh, juicy and sweet fruit of peaches on a playful hints of rubber
    and roasted beans. Caramel and vanilla lurking. Nutty, chrysanthemum,
    black tea.

    P- Peppery with spices sweet clove, peaches and pleasant sweet fruits.

    F- Medium, smooth. Good build up strength on palate with citrus zest. Chewy.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

    First Tried:- July 2015 / Weighted Rate:- 86pt
    Nose:- Heated, high strength. Complex, grapey and vegetation note linger. Wild and bold. Flavoursome and well structure.

    Palate:- Greasy and bold. Good malt flavour, packed with hot spices.

    Finish:- Smooth, warming. Long and beating. Throat clinching and chewy. Fruit essence.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Interesting nose. Sweetness and sharpness play together and make your mouth water. The taste convinces the Laddie as well. Great stuff!
    • Nose
      First, fruity sherry flavors are in the foreground. A pinch of pepper follows the sweet fruit. Honey and a hint of vanilla are added. Slightly bitter citrus flavor, it could be grapefruit, blended with a touch of leather. The sweetness is intensified, the salivation is stimulated.
    • Taste
      Intense berries and spicy oak dominate the first impression. Leather flavors briefly flash before pepper and fine sharpness put an end to the fruity wood. The first impression is "cool" and fresh, with the spicy oak quickly heating up the palate.
    • Finish
      Again, this spicy wood. The pungency and pepper slowly fade away, leaving a "burning" mouthfeel. Quick turns on a slight bitterness and stops slowly. The tingling in the mouth is still there and leaves a hint of nut.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Whisky Viking scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely one of the
    better wine finishes. Thanks,
    Jan. Apparently, there is also a version that has been finished on an Austrian
    • Nose
      The wine is
      immediately apparent on the nose. Sweet, red wine with raisins and black, juicy
      grapes. Some leather and honey. After a few minutes, the wine evaporates
      (sorta) and typical bourbon traits appear. Esters and coconut, but also graeffe
      (light brown) sugar. Some nuts. The make it complex, it also offers a trace of
      smoke and, completely at the end, some sea salt. What a great nose!
    • Taste
      It is very oily with
      a beautiful body. Very spicy too (pepper, cinnamon, thym and ginger) and
      somewhat bitter from toasted oak, but never over the top. It warms the insides.
      You can really taste the wine, even though it does not dominate the whisky.
      Nice composition, which is not always an easy feat with wine.
    • Finish
      Only in the long,
      warm finish does the wine suddenly make it a little too bittersweet with a
      sourish touch. Pity.

  9. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A long-aged Bruichladdich matured for eighteen years in Bourbon casks

    and then in Willi Opitz Trocken Beeren Auslese (very sweet) red pinot

    wine casks."

  10. Feusi scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A complex mixture comes into the nose. Complex bourbon notes in the mouth, something sharp and bitter. The finish is rather short. Open the bottle, drink it with friends and that`s it.


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