A 30-year-old 1986 vintage single malt from Bruichladdich released as part of the distilleryâ€™s Rare Cask Series.
This expression has been named Sherry: The Magnificent Seven.
A series of whiskies dating back a previous era of whisky production, this 1986 has been produced from seven casks that have spent their three decades of maturation in sherry casks. In 1986 they went into oloroso sherry butts and remained in those until 2012 when then-master distiller Jim McEwan re-racked them into Pedro Ximenex casks from from Bodega Fernando de Castilla in Jerez.
A sherry bomb from start to finish, this was bottled at 44.6%. 4,200 bottles worldwide.
The Bruichladdich Rare Cask Series comprises of three expressions described as â€œthe last of their kindâ€. The early â€˜80s were a dire time for Scotch whisky distilleries and 1983 saw many distilleries close, those which survived were certainly reducing their production. Bruichladdich, then under the ownership of Invergordon Distillers, itself endured a temporary closure in â€™83. The resulting years in the â€˜80s we ones of guarded optimism, but stocks from the early-to-middle years of that â€˜whisky lochâ€™ decade are certainly not plentiful. The Rare Cask Series has vintages from 1984, 1985 and 1986.
Head Distiller Adam Hannett said, â€œThese rare, old single malts 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.
â€œThree 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.
â€œThese 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.â€
The Bruichladdich distillery is located on Islay, an island usually known for their bold, peated whiskies. Although in modern times Bruichladdich have run peated malt through their stills (released officially under the Port Charlotte and Octomore brands) they exclusively distilled unpeated malt between 1962 and 1994. Unpeated stock remains their primary output. Â
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