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Bruichladdich 20-year-old

Overall rating
87.52/100
votes
73
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Third Edition
Vintage
1985
Bottled
2005
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Bourbon / Malmsey Madeira Casks Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
618105701755
Added on
09 Jul 2007 9:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 266,50

29 × in wishlist

73 × member ratings

196 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 20-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.52 points

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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).

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

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

  6. 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

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. Peter(TTMC) scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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.

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I would recommend this to anyone.
    • Nose
      Notes from January 2009.
      NBurnt oranges, a little banana possibly melon?and some coffee.

       
    • Taste
      Orange, summer fruits, warming.
    • Finish
      Very, very smooth, ever so slightly smoky, caramel, not the longest finish but very satisfying.

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