Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series - 1986 / 30 years

Bruichladdich 1986 / 30 30 Islay aged years

Ultra-rare. This is our elegant, floral Bruichladdich with intense, full-term Sherry maturation. First filled into Oloroso butts in 1986, this spirit lay untouched in our loch-side warehouses until 2012 [already 26years old], when our then master distiller Jim McEwan decided to supercharge this sublime single malt by filling it into our privileged parcel of Pedro Ximinez butts from winemaker Jan Pettersen at Bodega Fernando de Castilla.

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

“THIS SPIRIT IS PART OF A PARCEL OF WHISKY THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC BRUICHLADDICH RELEASES OVER THE YEARS, THE PINNACLE OF WHICH WAS THE LEGENDARY ‘BLACKER STILL’. THANKS TO THE EXPERTISE OF GENERATIONS OF DISTILLERS WE HAVE PREPARED A WHISKY HERE THAT HAS A PEDIGREE SECOND TO NONE.”

– ADAM HANNETT

1986 / 30 years

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.

Character – BANG! The mic is dropped…

PX casks

Poignantly, this dram is made up of our very last seven casks of 1986 spirit – the magnificent seven.

This is a dram with a history and a back-story that will be hard to beat. Sherry plus. Sherry 2.0. Sherry to infinity and beyond!

SHERRY:
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN


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

PX casks

Poignantly, this dram is made up of our very last seven casks of 1986 spirit – the magnificent seven.

This is a dram with a history and a back-story that will be hard to beat. Sherry plus. Sherry 2.0. Sherry to infinity and beyond!

SHERRY:
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN


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

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.

Bruichladdich Distillery
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