Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series - 1984 / 32 years

Bruichladdich 1984 / 32 32 Islay aged years

In 2008, our then master distiller Jim McEwan identified a classic vintage parcel of that celebrated style and re-casked it into fresh bourbon for the last leg of an epic journey. This dram comes from the very last 12 casks of the 1984 legacy distillation, poignantly filled on 31st December of that year…

Adam Hannett

“These rare, old single malt whiskies are a direct link to our past, to the men who made truly special spirit here while facing very different circumstances to those which we enjoy today. Testament to their skill and hard work it was laid down to mature by the shores of Loch Indaal, unaware of what the future might bring.

“Three generations of distillers have watched over it, each of us helping to shape the final concept. It has been my privilege to decide that the treasures we have nurtured are now ready to be brought to the world.

“These whiskies when tasted leave me speechless. They are in their prime, the last of their kind and can never be repeated, never recreated. Nothing quite like them will ever be seen again.

“They are some of the most symbolic whiskies I have worked with and they are profoundly important to me. They are as old as I am. They refect my life and experience, those moments that mean so much to us all. The moments that defne us; when we marry, when we become parents and when we achieve our dreams and are recognised for our achievements.

“These are the moments that deserve to be celebrated with something extraordinary. I hope you will be able to join me.”

– ADAM HANNETT

1984 / 32 years

Tasting Notes


Colour – An Islay sunrise.

Aroma – Gorgeous.. Classic old school Bruichladdich.. Coconut, warm muscovado sugar, vanilla custard, grapefruit, mango, baked ginger biscuits, marzipan. Afer a while notes of date syrup and sultana.

Taste – Soft and gentle texture, a delicate dram. Crème brulee, buttercup and orange zest. Gently warming the palate, it opens to reveal a touch of leather, toasted oak and praline. Sweet citrus and mango come through later.

Finish – So gentle but a lovely finish of warm scones and dried fruit, candied orange, lemon peel and apricot jam.

Character – There is a quiet feel to this dram, delicate yet assured of its identity.

“THE FLAVOURS HERE ARE PURE OLD STYLE BRUICHLADDICH, FULL OF RESPECT FOR THE PAST AND AN INSPIRATION FOR THE FUTURE. THIS MASTERPIECE WAS AMERICAN OAK MATURED, RE-CASKED INTO FRESH BOURBON BARRELS IN 2008.”

– ADAM HANNETT

Bourbon

Bruichladdich head distiller Adam Hannett believes old Bruichladdich in bourbon is the ultimate expression of our spirit. The fruit, the faint salt tang, the signature elegance is all there but there is now layer upon layer of vanilla/butterscotch complexity.

Bourbon: all in


A Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series

— The very last 12 casks from 1984
— Unpeated Islay single malt scotch whisky
— Exclusive to domestic markets
— Limited release, 3,000 bottles
— Vintage 1984 – aged 32 years
— Distilled, matured and bottled on Islay
— Colouring free and without chill filtration
— Matured in refill bourbon barrels and hogsheads

THESE OLD AND RARE SCOTCH WHISKIES ARE THE LAST OF THEIR KIND.


They provide us with an opportunity to pause, to consider how the world has changed over the past three decades and to refect on the very human stories that lie behind these extraordinary liquids.

Those of us who remember the 1980s recall a difficult decade for Scotch whisky. Numbers of great old distilleries closed down and many more had their traditional craftsmanship swept away by a tide of modernisation. The easiest way to drive profit was to change working practices, promote efficiencies instead of quality and close those ‘plants’ considered irredeemably old-fashioned.

Many succumbed, but happily, way out west on Islay, the world’s most famous whisky island, the robust Victorian engineering at Bruichladdich survived the initial onslaught of corporate greed. The traditional ways continued, partly because of the brilliance of the engineers who had designed and built the distillery back in 1881, and partly because the old place seemed to be forgotten by the men in suits. For a while anyway.

Great spirit, trickle distilled by hand the old way, continued to be laid down at Bruichladdich until 1994 when the stills ran for what seemed to be the last time and a lack of imagination and consideration for the future finally conspired to shut the gates. Just two men, Duncan “The Budgie” MacFadyen and the late John Rennie were retained – and their role was essentially to empty the loch-side warehouses of maturing spirit so that blending contracts could be fulfilled.

We came so close to losing the extraordinary heritage passed down to us by those men, but, miraculously, a very few examples of their work still survive. Here are the final exemplars from three vintages that reach back and touch their craft. A trinity of their great single malts proudly bottled here at the distillery by the next generation – a young team who have injected a new life and vitality into the old walls.

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