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Bruichladdich Rare Cask 1986 / 30 Year Old

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The Bruichladdich Rare Cask 1986 is an ultra-rare release, and part of the magnificent seven. An elegant single malt with intense, full term sherry maturation. Its journey stars in 1986 in first filled Oloroso butts and lays untouched in Bruichladdich's loch-side warehouses until the age of 26 in 2012. Master distiller Jim McEwan decided then to supercharge this single malt by filing it into Pedro Ximenez butts from winemaker Jan Pettersen at Bodega Fernando de Castilla.

Fact Sheet

Whiskey Type
Single Malt
Bruichladdich (Islay)
Alcohol %

A Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series

  • The very last 7 casks from 1986
  • Unpeated Islay single malt scotch whisky
  • Exclusive to domestic markets
  • Limited release of 4,200 bottles
  • Vintage 1986 – 30 years
  • Distilled, matured and bottled on Islay
  • Colouring free and without chill filtration
  • Matured in Oloroso casks until 2012
  • Recasked into PX casks from Fernando de Castilla
  • Natural strength of 44.6% abv

Tasting Notes:

Colour – As dark and mysterious as PX itself.

Aroma – Dried fruit – raisins, fig syrup, prunes and Christmas cake. Muscovado sugar, a hint of hot sand and candied peel, dried tea leaves, pipe tobacco and leather rolled in PX.

Taste – The aroma is truly astounding. On the palate the experience raises the bar still further with sweet PX notes, raisins, dried figs, dates, grape sugar. Leather, cigar boxes and Christmas cake. Everything a Sherry matured whisky should be and more. The complexity and balance is retained as the marine freshness and fruity notes of apricot and apple come through from the Bruichladdich DNA.

Finish – Never-ending. Sweet fruit, PX, salted caramel, cinder tofee and a hint of smoke.

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