Bruichladdich – Rare Cask Series – ‘The Untouchable’ – 1988 30 year old Whisky

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A 1988 vintage, 30 Year Old Bruichladdich. Matured in refill bourbon and, unusually, rare refill squat hogsheads. This whisky has never been re-casked. The subtle influence of these refill oak casks has resulted in a delicate and measured relationship between spirit and wood, quietly cultivated Over the years. That is definitive, old, Bourbon-aged Bruichladdich. Arguably the most efficient style and one of the vital last of its kind.

“The 1988 is a stunning example of how well Bruichladdich ages. This can be a delicate fruity spirit with a massive floral edge, all underpinned by a subtle oak presence” – Adam Hannett, Bruichladdich Head Distiller.

Official Tasting Notes

Nose – Hugely floral, sun dried hay, coconut oil, buttercups and primrose. Vanilla fudge, porridge with golden syrup and a sweet citrus tang. Over the years the coconut becomes stronger and dried apricot and sherbet come through more. A definitive American oak style, toasted oak and vanilla caramel hold the fruit from the spirit.

Palate – Like liquid velvet laced with coconut and citrus. Honeyed granola, toasted malt and mellow toasted oak take a hold of your palate. A classic Bruichladdich style, elegant and floral in the beginning before allowing the oak to sweep in with pipe tobacco and fudge. A second sip brings some fruit, ripe pineapple, mango and hint of mint.

Finish – The finish shows a bit of more of the marine component to the maturation. A sea breeze with wood spice and fudge. The toasted oak goes the distance too and turns out to bring along a bit of mango and aniseed to finish.

One of the great vintages of Bruichladdich.

Bruichladdich Whisky
Tin Tube
70cl Dumpy
46.2% ABV
Produced in Scotland