Bruichladdich 20-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Third Edition
Stated Age
20 years old
Bourbon / Malmsey Madeira Hogshead Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Jul 2007 9:32 pm

Average value

€ 266.40

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 20-year-old

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.45 points

  1. Gronqvist scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Matured in Bourbon Casks with 5 days ACE in Malmsey Madeira Hogshead.

    ACE stands for Additionnal Cask Enhancement, according to the Laddie's semantics. 

    Malmsey is a noble variety grown in Madeira where it is also known as Malvasia Candida. It was the first of the noble varieties to be planted in Madeira back in the 16th century.

    It is a high yielding, late ripening grape which performs best on well-drained soils and in well-sheltered low altitude sites. It is often blended with Tinta Negra Mole in the production of Malmsey which is the island's richest and sweetest wine.

  2. thebonewolf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This has a much more Sherried feel than it really is with only a week in those casks. Really nice similarity to Longrow 18.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Sweet fruit, strawberry. Malty.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fruity with spice/bite. Honey. Reminds of Longrow 18 without the smoke.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Similar sweetness, dry, oak. Medium-long.

  3. Alterjoe scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Nose: If you hold your nose in the glass, a wonderful sweetness flows around it. The malt looks almost sticky and sticky sweet. A really plump, filled fruit basket with overripe plums and strawberries. Because of the sweetness mentioned above, I associate the fruit with jam. There is also a light note of vanilla and biscuits. Nevertheless, the barrel does not kill the malt, which cannot deny its origin. Aromas of the sea, like wet driftwood (after 20 years you can already feel the oak clearly) and a certain saltiness fills the nose. All in all, I get the classic Danish breakfast for myself ... rolls with salted butter and strawberry jam. The alcohol is well integrated.

    The Laddie rolls really nicely over the tongue. The alcohol doesn't burn a bit. Then a slight tingling sensation on the tongue, which comes from the barrel. Here, too, the malt cannot hide its age. In contrast to the nose, the fruits lose their sweetness on the tongue. The red fruits stay here, although they appear rather astringent and dry. Then the oak takes over again and really nice chocolate notes fill the mouth ... like a wonderful praline composition made of chocolate and red fruit. Behind it again the aromas of the sea with wet sand and beach.

    The finish is wonderfully long and nutty with marzipan and chocolate. The longer it lasts, the more the bitterness takes over.

    Whisky heart, what more do you want? For me a really nice and round laddie. The distillery character comes through quite easily after 20 years. In addition, fruit and chocolate alternate. The alcohol is well integrated. Nothing stings or burns here. Missing grades? Not a trace. Really great "oldschool laddie" and one of the best I have ever tried. I'm glad I still have a large sample of it in my closet.

  4. vlad78 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant to smell and taste. Unfortunately, it was short-lived.
    • Nose
      Nose. Sweet, smoky. Prunes, dried fruits.
    • Taste
      The taste is sweet, Apple in honey, short-lived.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is sweet, short-lived.

  5. Ainulindale scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A surprising dram for its sweetness and sherry like qualities. Very dry on the finish though.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A very oaky nose along with pleasant ashes. More peat forward than on the second edition. Vanilla on the background of that with green juicy apples. Slightl iodine end again, still going on seashells.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Palate is lustier. A bit musty, almost sherried, with nutmeg and cinammon and a creamier feel to it than the Second Edition. A bit of apricot. Dark chocolate then builds up to the finish
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is surprisingly lo profile, even though it's smooth. All about cocoa and very drying

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Long time since the last tasting and I think it improved. Still very fresh and lively. Thus higher rating.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fresh, fruity, red fruits and citrus fruits, apples, red currant, sea breeze, honeydew, whiffs of smoke - really not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Fresh, punchy, fruity, little woody, little sweetness, peppery - very good
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long, warm, zesty

  7. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. vredensever scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is dense, wine: resin, wood (old barrel), thick sweet wine, many spices, dry herbs, dry dusty dried fruits and berries, thick dark honey, sea notes (salt), a little peat, tobacco, sour. The taste is vivid: wine theme, berries and dried fruits, oak, spices, herbs, honey, gum, a little chocolate and nuts, a hint of peat and sea, bitterness. The aftertaste is astringent , dry: oak, resin, wine notes, bitterness. In development there is a lot of oak and a shade of tobacco. Conclusion . Powerful, thick whisky with a charming scent. A little untidy and uncollected, but very interesting, bright and tasty. Rating 89 (n23t22f23b21).

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

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

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Okayish - it's solid and there is no obvious fault
    • Nose
      Green bananas, oak wood, rather dry
    • Taste
      Fruity, citrusy, oranges, oaky and little sweetness
    • Finish
      Medium long, burning


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