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Bruichladdich 1989 Cairdean

Overall rating
87.00/100
votes
11
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Family
Vintage
14.04.1989
Bottled
23.11.2003
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry
Number of bottles
2000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
08 Jul 2009 8:02 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 159,09

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 1989 Cairdean

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.00 points

  1. jsanten1211 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    This is a vintage valinch from the Bruichladdich distillery. Expertly crafted by Jim McEwan and with a beautiful colour, this was a great dram. It could have been a bit more complex, being closer to 50% or cask strength would have made this an unstoppable whisky. Now that he has retired, I miss Jim's craftsmanship with whisky - this is quite a memorable dram!
    • Nose
      Pure sherry and dark chocolate sweetness with strong hints of caramel.
    • Taste
      Very oily and gentle being 46%. Instant hit of sherry and dark chocolate from the nose with chocolate notes only becoming stronger towards the finish.
    • Finish
      Dried fruits emerge, with chocolate still present in the background (not as dark, but much more milk). A dash of malt cereal notes appear, but fade alongside the chocolate notes.

  2. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Eye / nose
    Optically perfect. A wonderfully rich, deep golden tone, which one would expect rather with strong caramel addition. Here, on the other hand, all nature. When pouring, despite the drinking strength, a series of large bubbles form on the edge of the glass. Strung like a string. The nose opens with fruity aromas. Sweet orange dominates without becoming really intense. Then a fine alcohol note, I'm almost a little surprised to see them after the reduction in the nose.

    palate
    Also on the tongue you immediately notice the alcoholic power of the malts. I would have typed blind in a single tasting rather on 50% -52% ABV. Not quite as velvety as you are used to from distillates mostly. The taste of the orange association remains for me. Now a little sweeter. Almost a kind of nectar could be said, but would be a little high. Again, the fruity, flattering sweetness of the nose, complemented by a taste like freshly baked bread. One is not sure where the taste ends and where the finish begins. A consistently beautiful line! There are clearly less accessible specimens among old Valinches.

    Finish / Conclusion
    The alcoholic heat remains. The fruity basic notes turn into a dry mineral-chalky, oaky spice, which lasts for a long time, even if the malt itself has already volatilized long ago. Consistent overall package without real weaknesses in the sense of false notes. Maybe he could possibly be a touch more complex, if you want to complain at all.

  3. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Eye / nose
    Optically perfect. A wonderfully rich, deep golden tone, which one would expect rather with strong caramel addition. Here, on the other hand, all nature. When pouring, despite the drinking strength, a series of large bubbles form on the edge of the glass. Strung like a string. The nose opens with fruity aromas. Sweet orange dominates without becoming really intense. Then a fine alcohol note, I'm almost a little surprised to see them after the reduction in the nose.

    palate
    Also on the tongue you immediately notice the alcoholic power of the malts. I would have typed blind in a single tasting rather on 50% -52% ABV. Not quite as velvety as you are used to from distillates mostly. The taste of the orange association remains for me. Now a little sweeter. Almost a kind of nectar could be said, but would be a little high. Again, the fruity, flattering sweetness of the nose, complemented by a taste like freshly baked bread. One is not sure where the taste ends and where the finish begins. A consistently beautiful line! There are clearly less accessible specimens among old Valinches.

    Finish / Conclusion
    The alcoholic heat remains. The fruity basic notes turn into a dry mineral-chalky, oaky spice, which lasts for a long time, even if the malt itself has already volatilized long ago. Consistent overall package without real weaknesses in the sense of false notes. Maybe he could possibly be a touch more complex, if you want to complain at all.

  4. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A distillery only bottling from Bruichladdich, bottled at 14 years old

    and showing their habit of dual naming in Gaelic and English. Cairdean

    means family, or more loosely "friends"."
    TWE

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