Bruichladdich 20-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
First Edition
Stated Age
20 years old
American Oak Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 jul 2007 9:32 pm

Average value

€ 338.10

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79 × member ratings

259 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 20-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.12 points

  1. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    Dram in honor of the resumption of the work of the legendary Brora.
    Not at all like modern releases.
    Balance: 22
    Total: 89
    • Nose
      Nose: ripe juicy pears, melon, pineapple, citrus fruits, a pinch of allspice, wax candles on a dusty wardrobe 23
    • Taste
      Taste: oh, what a pity that it was reduced ... sour (in a good sense), lemon zest, green apple peel, waxy 22
    • Finish
      Finish: long-lasting, slightly spicy, pear-apple jam with a departure to the minerality of 22

  2. TP-Darknight scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    .. this is old wicked stuff from the 1970 and 80s ... absolutely gorgeous... The Legacy 34 was my favorite so far, but in times of high prices this one is to go for and taste Laddies true origin. A master piece of history.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. DimiIkon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: May 2021
    • Nose
      86 86
      Citrus fruits, honey, mature pears and apples. Some honey melon and sweet summer fruits.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full of sweetness and a lovely heat. Then the spices appear, as well as some almonds. Some citrus and green apples, but also oak wood and oily.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium in length. Again the spices are present and in combination with a nice warmth and some bitter almonds.

  4. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    23-22-22-22, not at all like the current bruhledi

  5. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2003]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 79 Euro in October, 2002.

    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.  My notes state it is a very delicate, balanced and quaffable dram.

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1332
    • Nose
      Powerful and floury malt. Fruity (fresh apples cut at the moment). Attic with dusty wheat. Nice roundness.
    • Taste
      Touch fluid. Fruity, sweet and spicy (nutmeg)
    • Finish
      Rather tart, I expected something more round, but it's far from unpleasant.

  8. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A old good Bruichladdich lovely. 
    • Nose
      Mellon balls in honey, lemon meringue,fresh apricot and kiwi. The oak fragrance unfolds  beautifully.
    • Taste
      Waves of sweet oak and barley sugar. Gentle warmth. Graceful balanced and vivacious. Complex.
    • Finish
      Silky smooth finish with zesty sea notes. Long and delicious .

  9. magic_slim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I am always positively surprised, when I notice the price that this bottling still pays at auctions. 14 years after it was bottled it was sold for 94 € in the most recent Whiskyauction, although Laddies distilled in 1981 are usually much more expensive, specifically if Serge Valentin rated them 90 points (this rating was probably from a blind tasting for the Malt Maniac Awards, because he never published any tasting notes). 

    Other ratings:
    Magazine Issue #19: Editor's Choice (Dave Broom rated it with 9 of 10 points) 
    Field: Single Malt whisky of the Year 2002
    The Wine
    Enthusiast: Superb 90-95 Highly RecommendedGrab one, if you can - a clear recommendation.

  10. Doctor B. scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. BottleBox scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    It lacks the balance and balance I would expect at a 20 yo. In blind tasting I would probably never have estimated him 20 yo.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, Melted Butter, Ralfy would say, "a hint of smoke," lots of oak, bitter almond, orang, and a little bit of what is commonly known as Laddich's Cowshed
    • Taste
      Strong, oily, buttery, a pinch of pepper and then a long salty bitterness. Oak wood.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, strong, spicy

  12. Mushinico scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: fruits - pine apple, peach and apricot, cream, floral, vanilla, citrus, hay and some leather
    T: malty, some bitter fruits, hay, dusty, some wax, nutty and vanilla
    F: bitter, medium with caramel, mandarins, marshmallows, milk chocolate and some soft spices

    good nose, sample available on www.whiskysample.nl

  14. aby scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    a good but rather simple whisky  85-86p.

    sample available on: whiskysample.nl

  15. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Juicy aromas of citrus and vanilla oak in the background
    • Taste
      A soft and smoky flavor with a hint of salt and butter tones that blend into an intense and rich flavor of raisins, cherries, vanilla and burnt orange with fruit cake.
    • Finish
      Long, simple finish

  17. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An uncoloured and non-chillfiltered Bruichladdich matured for 20 years in the Celtic Isle of Islay in oak barrels. Delightful.


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