This Bruichladdich Rare Cask "Bourbon: Hidden Glory" 32 year old (1985 distillation) single malt Scotch Whisky comes from the final 22 casks of the legacy stock distilled back in 1985 by a previous generation of Bruichladdich stillmen. This whisky was originally filled into gentle third fill Bourbon casks and lay untouched in warehouse 14 until 2012. The then master distiller Jim McEwan discovered this forgotten parcel and re-casked it into fresh bourbon adding depth and complexity. Finally in 2017 the parcel received it's final ace: a tantalising dalliance in French oak from one of the greatest French chateaux. Truly this is a dram with a story to tell.
Tasting notes from the team at Bruichladdich:
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.
This very special Rare Cask release of 32 year old Bruichladdich was limited to 4,200 bottles with tiny allocations for Australia. This malt is unpeated in style and was bottled without chill-filtration or colour added.
48.7% ABV. 700mL
1 bottle only!