Bruichladdich-1990-25yr

Bruichladdich 1990 / 25 sherry cask edition: pedro ximinez oloroso / 25 islay aged years

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Finding Bruichladdich in Sherry casks has always been unusual. There are two fundamental reasons for this. The first is our refusal to use inferior quality wood that has simply been ‘ avoured’ by exposure to poor quality Sherry (sadly a widespread industry practice). The second relates to the delicate, floral personality of Bruichladdich spirit. Great care needs to be taken to ensure that these subtle characteristics are retained.

PX casks

Until the late 20th century Sherry, like most wine, was shipped in cask and bottled when landed. This presented a large number of empty first-fill casks for re-use and the Scottish whisky distillers were always keen to snap them up. These casks became highly prized for the unctuous, raisiny avours they impart to maturing Scotch whisky.

However this is the 21st century and changes in regulations have meant that Spanish Sherries are now bottled at the Bodega, meaning that genuine Sherry casks have become increasingly rare.

This is a whisky with a journey. A whisky with life experience, a whisky with a story to tell.


A Bruichladdich Vintage Edition

— Unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky
— Complex maturation with heavy sherry influence
— Very limited release, 6000 bottles
— Cask strength of 48.1% alc. vol.
— Matured for all its life on Islay
— Bottled at the distillery without chill-filtration
— No artificial colouring
— Exclusive to GTR

Working through the generations, we have crafted an exotic, complex and multi-dimensional dram with profound Sherry influence based on our long-standing collaboration with Jan Pettersen, a brilliant and innovative winemaker.

There are a number of parallels to be drawn between the journeys of Bruichladdich and the influential Bodega of Fernando de Castilla in Jerez. Both our great houses present radical modern interpretations of ancient traditions that challenge the establishment view. Breaking industry conventions, we both refuse to bow before simplistic age statements or strip the natural character from our liquids.

A year before the renaissance of Bruichladdich in 2000, the Bodegas Rey de Fernando de Castilla was

obtained by a group of investors led by Norwegian-born Jan Pettersen. Jan has subsequently built one of the most interesting Bodegas in Spain, focussing entirely on premium Sherries, usually single-solera.

Even though some of his wines are old enough to be in the VOS or VORS categories, Jan argues that exceptional Sherries are not always very old and a deeper understanding of quality is required.

Jan has provided both the Oloroso and Pedro Ximinez casks used by Bruichladdich during the final years of the journey along which this exceptional whisky has travelled.

Sherry casks
Jan catando

“I HAVE RECEIVED THE SAMPLE OF THE 1990/25 – IT IS TRULY OUTSTANDING. I TASTED IT WITH SOME FRIENDS AND FOUND NOTES OF CHOCOLATE, TANGERINE, SHORTBREAD AND OAK AS WELL AS SHERRY. IT IS SOFT, SMOOTH, HAS GREAT LENGTH, AND IS VERY BRUICHLADDICH…”

– JAN PETTERSEN

This rare release of spirit, distilled in 1990, spans at least three generations of Bruichladdich distillers.


Adam Hannett

The creation of a whisky as vivid as this requires great sensory vision.


Adam Hannett has carefully constructed this twenty five year old single vintage cuvee from a spirit that set out in 1990 along two very diferent paths towards perfection; refill Sherry butts from Jerez and casks that had previously held American bourbon.

Path One:
— Refill American bourbon cask, 17 years
— Fine French Claret. Bordeaux Grand Cru cask, 5 years
— Spanish Sherry. Pedro Ximenez, Fernando de Castilla, 4 years

Path Two:
— Refill Spanish Sherry butt, 18 years
— Spanish Sherry. Oloroso, Fernando de Castilla, 7 years

As with all Bruichladdich whiskies these casks have been matured for all their life on Islay, in our warehouses close to the western shore of Loch Indaal.

Adam Hannett

The creation of a whisky as vivid as this requires great sensory vision.


Adam Hannett has carefully constructed this twenty five year old single vintage cuvee from a spirit that set out in 1990 along two very diferent paths towards perfection; refill Sherry butts from Jerez and casks that had previously held American bourbon.

Path One:
— Refill American bourbon cask, 17 years
— Fine French Claret. Bordeaux Grand Cru cask, 5 years
— Spanish Sherry. Pedro Ximenez, Fernando de Castilla, 4 years

Path Two:
— Refill Spanish Sherry butt, 18 years
— Spanish Sherry. Oloroso, Fernando de Castilla, 7 years

As with all Bruichladdich whiskies these casks have been matured for all their life on Islay, in our warehouses close to the western shore of Loch Indaal.

1990 / 25

Tasting Notes


Character – Carefully crafted from a suite of some of the rarest and most sought after casks, this lavish and luxurious whisky is pure self-indulgence and decadence.

Colour – Date syrup.

Nose – The nose opens dramatically with raisin, dates, figs and apricot, dried in the mediterranean sun. A remarkable opening for the next wave of Turkish delight and marzipan fused with vanilla, date syrup and prune. The sweetness is exaggerated with a malted barley sugar note. the flavours remind you of Christmas cake and yet there is a sunny late summer quality about this dram rather than winter comforts. Layered underneath the strong Jerez influence are gentle fruit notes present in the spirit since the day it flowed from the stills.

Palate – The palate is complex and deep, the full bodied texture will take time to release its full array of flavours and subtleties. But after 25 years in the making, you can afford a little time to savour this one. As the silky-smooth liquid settles on your tongue there is a heart- warming moment as the flavours released begin to tell the tale of the journey of the spirit to the bottle. The rich, dried fruit flavours with tobacco and leather notes of Jerez tell their story first before the Bordeaux oak offers its creamy vanilla sweetness and dusting of Demerara sugar.

Finish – Like an autumn sunset its finish is long and vivid. The remarkable balance from the selection of casks has allowed a medley of flavours to come together in harmony, there is a deft balance. Close your eyes and revel in this lavish, opulent and multi-layered expression.

Mood – This spirit of which we are so proud has been treated with special care and extra attention to ensure we gain the best of the casks, the Spanish accent of rich dried fruit and pipe tobacco does not overpower the delicate spirit of Bruichladdich instead a striking balance is on show.

Bruichladdich
1990 / 25 years
Taste notes


Character – Carefully crafted from a suite of some of the rarest and most sought after casks, this lavish and luxurious whisky is pure self-indulgence and decadence.

Colour – Date syrup.

Nose – The nose opens dramatically with raisin, dates, figs and apricot, dried in the mediterranean sun. A remarkable opening for the next wave of Turkish delight and marzipan fused with vanilla, date syrup and prune. The sweetness is exaggerated with a malted barley sugar note. the flavours remind you of Christmas cake and yet there is a sunny late summer quality about this dram rather than winter comforts. Layered underneath the strong Jerez influence are gentle fruit notes present in the spirit since the day it flowed from the stills.

Palate – The palate is complex and deep, the full bodied texture will take time to release its full array of flavours and subtleties. But after 25 years in the making, you can afford a little time to savour this one. As the silky-smooth liquid settles on your tongue there is a heart- warming moment as the flavours released begin to tell the tale of the journey of the spirit to the bottle. The rich, dried fruit flavours with tobacco and leather notes of Jerez tell their story first before the Bordeaux oak offers its creamy vanilla sweetness and dusting of Demerara sugar.

Finish – Like an autumn sunset its finish is long and vivid. The remarkable balance from the selection of casks has allowed a medley of flavours to come together in harmony, there is a deft balance. Close your eyes and revel in this lavish, opulent and multi-layered expression.

Mood – This spirit of which we are so proud has been treated with special care and extra attention to ensure we gain the best of the casks, the Spanish accent of rich dried fruit and pipe tobacco does not overpower the delicate spirit of Bruichladdich instead a striking balance is on show.

Bruichladdich Distillery
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