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Bruichladdich Rare Cask 1985 / 32 Year Old

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The Bruichladdich Rare Cask 1985 is a 32 year old malt from the very last 22 casks from 1985. Originally filled into third fill Bourbon Casks, the casks laid untouched until 2012. Jim McEwan rediscovered them in 2012 and re-casked them in fresh bourbon barrels to add depth and complexity. In 2017 they took their last leg of their journey, filled in French Claret oak casks.

Fact Sheet

Whiskey Type
Single Malt
Bruichladdich (Islay)
Alcohol %

A Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series

  • The very last 22 casks from 1985
  • Unpeated Islay single malt Scotch Whisky
  • Exclusive to domestic markets
  • Limited release of only 4,200 bottles
  • Vintage 1985 – aged 32 years
  • Distilled, matured and bottled on Islay
  • Colouring free and without chill filtration
  • Matured in refill Bourbon casks until 2012
  • Recasked into first fill Bourbon casks
  • A final ace in premium French oak

Tasting Notes:

Colour – Blood orange.

Aroma – An amazing array of notes. Blood orange, nectarines, banana bread, desiccated coconut, vanilla custard, then more floral and nutty tones, geranium, marzipan, walnut, heather honey.

Taste – Tremendous presence on the palate, the texture is wondrously sof and syrupy. The short ACE in the wine casks has given a warm, nutmeg hint and a layer of fruity notes, raspberry, blackcurrant jam and ripe plum, all perfectly balanced by years in American oak – cinder toffee, lemon meringue and coconut – bounty bar sweet. It opens continually to reveal layer upon layer of complexity.

Finish – Long and gentle, the oak influence is strong with waves of soft vanilla wafer, toffee and sandalwood. Then lemon barley sugars, a hint of salted caramel and apricot syrup.

Character – Attempting to describe the feeling and style of this whisky will fall woefully short of doing it justice. This is a vintage that will not be forgotten and it is my pleasure to be able to release it to the world.

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