Today I’m gonna try two old Bruichladdich which come from the ’90s, so before they closed in 1994. I heard words about these old Bruichladdich so it’s time to taste it by myself!
Bruichladdich 26yo 1991-2018 “Raw Cask” (55.2%, Blackadder, Hogshead, cask #3045, 207 bottles)
Colour: Deep gold with auburn hues. It’s a bit trouble and there is some particles. (Raw Cask)
Nose: No alcohol presence at all. Woo, ripe tropical fruits all over the nose, wax, white pepper, mangoes, papaya, goyave, passion fruits, grassy notes, wet straw and a delicate veil of smoke wrapping slowly everything. That’s impressive, I didn’t know Bruichladdich could do stuff like that!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is very oily, fatty and thick, coating every part of your mouth. Ripe tropical fruits, waxy notes, yeast, mushrooms, old cave, over-ripe mangoes, ripe grapes, slightly acidulous passion fruits, Sichuan pepper, chalk, mineral notes, iodine, sea weed, sea salt and brine.
Finish: Long. In perfect harmony with mouth. Slowly it becomes less fruity and more waxy and mineral at the very end of the finish.
It’s full of balance and integration! The fruitiness is perfectly balanced by mineral notes, waxy notes and coastal notes. I also have to mention that everything in the profile is perfectly integrated and very old school.
That thickness on the palate is also very impressive, I suppose that this kind of texture comes from the “Raw Cask” thing and it’s pure joy! It was my first “Raw Cask” whisky and I loved the experience!
Just pay attention that it’s highly quaffable and easy to drink!
Bruichladdich 29yo 1990-2020 (48.1%, Dramfool, Oloroso Sherry Hogshead, 229 bottles)
Colour: Ebony with auburn hues.
Nose: Delicate but bewitching veil of smoke, white and pink pepper, sea salt, iodine, brine, sea weed and hints of sherry markers as leather, candied orange zest and old dusty books.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is oily but less thick and fat than the last one. Red berries, blueberries, blackberries, nutmeg, chalk, mineral notes, iodine, pinch of sea salt, salted butter caramel, toffee and lastly a burst of candied orange zest at the end of the mouth.
Finish: Long. The veil of smoke is back with some vegetal notes, red berries, blueberries, blackberries, hints of chalk, pinch of salt and everything is constantly evolving.
What a perfectly balanced dram! It starts of with a pure forest fruit profile evolving to become more mineral and finally it balanced itself with a last burst of roundness. I like it and I’m happy to have more to pour in my glass!
I’am just amazed by those two bottlings, they are juste stunning. Kudos to the bottlers which obviously made an amazing selection. If this is what some old Bruichladdich bottling looks like I must try to find others to taste!