Scotch Whisky Review #298: Bruichladdich 21 Year (1968)
Age: 21 year. Distilled in 1968 and bottled in 1990.
Color: 1.1, Burnished.
Nose: It’s quite fruity! Grapes and citrus are what come to mind the most, though there are a number of other fruits that I couldn’t quite pick out. A nice, big helping of malt barley comes through as well.
Palate: Sweet and very dessert-like. There’s a rich chocolate pie that comes through strongly. It’s complete with creamy dark chocolate, a hint of whipped cream, and a little bit of pie crust. That’s served alongside with caramel cream candies and a little bit of butterscotch. The dark chocolate notes seem to keep things in balance, keeping it from getting too sweet.
Finish: Medium in length. The chocolate pie note continues on quite strongly. Butterscotch and caramel come along as well.
Conclusion: It isn’t every day that you come across pre-shutdown Bruichladdich, much less one from the 1960s. For being decades and several owners apart, this historical Laddie shares the penchant for delivering a ton of flavor like it does in modern times. The nose doesn’t give away any of what you’re about to try. The first sip delivers a massive helping of really delicious chocolate pie that’s supported by more dessert treats of caramel cream and butterscotch. That lasts continuously into the finish and lingers for a little bit. It’s quite a treat and I’m very grateful to have been able to try this!
Final Score: 88.
Scotch Whisky Review #298, Islay Review #45, Whisky Network Review #441
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.