Bruichladdich 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask Edition
Stated Age
25 years old
Pedro Ximénez / Oloroso / French Wine
Number of bottles
48.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L160637 16/311 2016 11 24
Added on
23 Dec 2016 6:52 pm by Drk Neknul

Average value

€ 556.67

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 1990

66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.38 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      At the beginning I take a potpourri (surprisingly) fruity-sweet sherry aromas and heavy notes true. But in turn: At first blueberries, raspberries and cherries dominate with subtle pastry notes. An association of a grandmother's baked plate with fresh cherry crumble cake will not let me go. It is joined by toasted almonds, a touch of leather and wooden aromas reminiscent of an empty cigar box. After a few minutes, I think I notice a slightly acidic impact that might point to a lime peel or rather a juicy blood orange with a slightly refreshing touch. Extremely complex, wonderfully harmonious and for my "advanced beginner nose" already almost a bit overwhelming, because the complex abundance of aromas would like to be identified first.
    • Taste
      Very filling, oily-velvety mouthfeel with a very light pepperiness at the beginning. With the second sip, the subtle tingling on the tip of the tongue is barely perceptible to me. Intensive sherry aromas with a subtle sweetness dominate, especially juicy blood oranges, cherries and a few blueberries I register. A few bright fruits, such as tangerines and peaches, as well as strong forest honey join. The oranges take over the sour taste, heavy aromas follow immediately. Old leather, fresh tobacco leaves, a handful of nuts and spicy oak notes contrast beautifully with the fruity sherry notes. The alcohol content of 48.1% is perfectly integrated. The enormous complexity, which was already noticeable during the Nosing, continues here seamlessly.
    • Finish
      Long. The fruity-sweet sherry aromas are still noticeable in the finish initially and gradually give way to dark dried fruit, a pronounced Nussigkeit and spicy oak notes. Slightly drier, with a very subtle bitterness.

  2. rottendon scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A wonderfully balanced and complex malt, combining the best qualities of a rather complicated finish with a typical, always recognizable Old-school Bruichladdich. Modeled! And he is still tasty.
    • Nose
      The color corresponds to Mahogany without reddish, middle between Tawny and Brown Sherry

      Sherry aromas and a hint of sulfur at the beginning, some old rags and cowshed. Over time, wine and brandy aromas and beautiful, still juicy dried fruits develop very full, slightly buttery, roasted aromas. Nothing stands out unpleasant, everything is well integrated. Something balsamic, dried plum and damp tobacco, clearly sour without being unpleasant. Now cooked peach and cigar smoke, a wonderfully complex conglomerate. At that one can smell for a long time. When warming impressions of flowery soap, lavender, only briefly, heated first, the acidity dominates a bit too much for my taste, but now goes in a fruity direction, like grapefruit scraps.
    • Taste
      Rich, slightly oily mouthfeel with plenty of chili at the beginning, the dry spice clearly outweighs subtle dark, heavy sweetness of roasted acacia honey. Tannins are only hinted at. Also in the mouth it is very complex at the latest at the second sip and here everything is well integrated, incredibly balanced. Subtle fruitiness, roasted aromas, dry sherry with spiciness and strength, leather, barrel acid, everything interwoven, nothing is tangible, as long as the liquid is still in the mouth.
    • Finish
      In the finish he starts dry, then becomes increasingly sweet before he dries again at the end. The precision with which raisins and apricots only appear on the finish is impressive. A slightly acidic, nutty lethargy of the pharynx lasts the longest, quite long to be exact.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] What a strange release: A refill bourbon matured Bruichladdich is re-casked into wine casks for five years and PX sherry casks for another four years and finally married with another Bruichladdich matured in refill sherry casks for 17 years and re-casked into oloroso butts for 7 years. Draw a sketch if you cannot comprehend this and: Welcome to the modern world of designed whiskies!

    And after all the result is a fine modern sherry-matured whisky - not less, not more. I guess they could achieve this with much less effort through the simple use of good quality sherry casks instead. But I doubt Bruichladdich owns such fine sherry casks of the 90ies vintages in its warehouses (because the distillery owned no budget to buy excellent casks during these years) and so the re-racking is the only way to create such a 25-years old sherry release. Finally, I do not care as long as it is quaffable and this one definitely is...

    PS: By the way, I do not find any trace of sulphur in this dram (just because some members mention sulphur in their reviews)...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a rich modern sherry profile with the usual aromas one can expect. Pretty nice but I am not sure if I can detect any difference to a flawless sherry maturation in just one (good) cask. Actually, I am sure now and there is none. So why all the efforts of re-racking and marrying? Maybe it was an experiment? Or they simply wanted to create a funny marketing story? I guess that (most probably) the first maturations simply were not good enough and so they had to polish them up using newer casks... And in the end this is an excellent and flawless nose that is a pleasure to sniff, well done Jim!
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is completely sherry driven with cocoa and mocha flavours. After some chewing tasty chocolatey notes develop (both milk and dark) and some bitter flavours (tea, woods) pop up. To be honest, I expected the taste to be much more complex given all the different casks involved but it is just the sherry that has the say, finally.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is a little hot and coating with a minor drying feeling (cold metals). The finish is of medium length and dries out on bitter notes towards the end (tannins) but it never gets unpleasant. Water releases earthy and mineral aromas and turns the taste much sweeter but it flattens somewhat, too. I like the neat dram best.

  4. Achany scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    dark chocolate, nuts, orange zest, dark fruits, raisins, some marzipan. but before it gets too sweet, too much sherry, there are herbs and spices, dry, malty. the finish is incredible long and sweet. wonderful balanced and really complex whisky. (WSZ17)
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. maltaholic scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A great malt.
    • Nose
      He smells full. Can one smell 'full'? Yes, with that already. What I mean is that it smells heavy, aromatic, not alcoholic, old, balanced. There is a note of sherry and wood floating above the glass, ripe red fruit.
    • Taste
      Strong in the start. It should not be stronger. My mouth is lapped warm and soft. He is in the taste a little spicier, more complex. Maybe it is also the soaked wood, which makes itself felt.
    • Finish
      Very long and aromatic.

  6. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The definitely hits a nerve with me: sweet-sour, tasty, spicy - a handful of cherries in the mouth ... detailed notes will follow soon ...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. MrMarmelade scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Very complex, delicious, sweet-sour, well-balanced, wonderful dram - one of the year's best indeed.

  8. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    One of the best "nose whiskys" I've ever had. He also convinces in the mouth, but I already had some better ones here. Overall, a top whisky!
    • Nose
      The nose is incredibly dense, but also brings a certain freshness, which is supported by citrus notes. Of course, the sherry plays a major role. Overripe fruits, a beautiful mixture of classic raisins that drip with sweetness, but also more fruity notes, such as sweet cherries. Above all there is a hint of marzipan with orange peel. Add to that a noticeable spiciness, slightly peppery with leather and espresso. The oak is noticeable. If one smells of the heavy main notes lighter creamy aromas come to it, like a thin milk cocoa, in a nutshell that is then again superimposed by the massive sherry violence, which now also has some mint in the repertoire. Alone with the Verriechen you can spend an evening here.
    • Taste
      it starts very fruity, oily, sweet cherries, plum compote, then comes a bit pleasant sulfur, slightly nutty, it gets slightly dirty, here too this orange note, oak, espresso, slightly tart, but the sweet fruit note is still dominant, overall he brings a nice intensity, which delivers the fragrance well
    • Finish
      Here the oak beats a bit stronger, the mouth becomes dry and a woody basic tone spreads, grape seeds, the cherry is still there, but the sweetness is no longer very present, gradually the creaminess that comes in can find the nose with a little patience. Now it will be nutty again. After a woody intermezzo it sounds pleasant.

  9. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    So here he is, long awaiting new 25yo from Bruichladdich. Already the black tube screams 'DNA'! Of course, the stylized bull has the general connotation of Spanish sherry, but at the same time incorporates motifs from previous bottling games such as the 1992 Fino or the 1998 Manzanilla. Committed to tradition. The barrel combination is also absolutely worth mentioning. Unlike the parallel published Black Art 5, there is a high degree of transparency: In 1990, the New Spirit was burned, as far as it goes. After that, the batches used go two different ways. While Batch 1 spends 17 years in a refill of bourbon barrels, then 5 years in former French wine barrels and finally 4 more years in PX Sherry, the 2nd batch takes a completely different route. Refill Sherry for 18 years and 7 years in Oloroso Sherry. Only in 2016, the batches were then married. Sounds very exciting and naturally raises certain expectations. Eye / nose: Very rich, brownish red color. Somewhat darker than the 21 Oloroso, to name a well-known and appreciated malt as a comparison, when pouring many large bubbles show up in Glencairn. On the nose, sherry fruits, pastries - freshly baked nut cake - sweet roasted aromas, as they arise when you carefully pine pine nuts. Not mentholig but still rather fresh than musty. Palate: Velvety and warm are my first impressions. Then comes here a wonderfully balanced, yet powerful, fruity sherry wave rolled. Very complex, probably, as both Oloroso and PX barrels were used. Almonds, dried fruits - apricots rather than ubiquitous raisins, red, fully ripe grapes. Nothing bites, there's nothing scratching. Harmoniously tuned. Vanilla notes, light oak, which, however, invariably means taste, not bitterness. This is not an 'oversherried' malt that buries everything under it except a heavy smoker, this is a sherry old-school. Finish / Conclusion: The finish looks almost a bit short after the first careful sip and then becomes longer and more interesting with each additional sip. Great! Fruity notes, unobtrusive, restrained sweetness, minimal chalky, warm and soft. A laddie who moves between the worlds. Much of the power and presence of the "newer" bottlings but its elegance and fruitiness also effortlessly bridges the gap to its origins in the Invergordon era under Ian Allen. Fehlnoten Fehlanzeige, handcrafted perfectly composed. Everything sparkling clean, great

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    Very interesting and complex - I like it very much
    • Nose
      94 94
      Very nutty, walnuts, very good notes of leather, dried fruits, dates, little raisins, nutmeg, dark chocolate, tobacco, old wood, little sherry wood, coffee beans - excellent!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, creamy, liquorice, subtle sweetness, dark and dried fruits, more old wood, leathery, tobacco, nutty, more dark chocolate - great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, warm, not drying


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