Two more from BruichladdichOctober 29th, 2008
Wasn’t it just two days ago when I announced Bruichladdich’s new Resurrection 2001 Dram? Here are two more new ones: Golder Still, and Sherry 21.
The Golder Still (51% ABV) follows after the previously released “Blacker” and “Redder” Still offerings and will sell for $290. The Sherry 21 (46% ABV) replaces the previous 20 year old releases and will sell for $175. I posted the press release below.
So, is everyone keeping track of all the Laddie changes? There’ll be a quiz and the end of the week. (Just kidding.)
Bruichladdich Distillery have released two ‘end-of-era’ single malts. The new bottlings, “Golder Still” and “Sherry 21”, are the last in a run of particularly special casks the style of which are unlikely to be seen again.
“Golder Still” was aged in rare “squat-hogsheads”, novel casks tested in the late 70s by US coopers seeking the optimum cask shape for modern storage. Fortuitously, the extra whisky-to-wood contact in these stumpy, Disney-like, experimental bourbon casks, imparted greater colour and flavour to the spirit.
Mark Reynier: “There’s not much and it’s unrepeatable – but it’s a glorious, old-style whisky; a classic Laddie, all barley-sugar flavours with a golder hue.”
The “Sherry 21” also comes from the last of a line. Since 1981 sherry is only Spanish bottled, so UK bulk shipments ceased and cask availability dried up. A larger scale bottling, it replaces the successful Twenty series of bourbon matured Bruichladdichs, and stocks are scheduled to last until 2010.
“Decent condition, authentic Oloroso butts are now almost as rare as hens’ teeth. Sadly, you can see why E150 has become so standard in the industry. This is the natural, real deal – rich, mellow, and warming whisky; an ideal winter night-cap with it’s hints of orange, apricot, plum, fig, and dates. For connoisseurs, these are two delicious extremes of Bruichladdich. For us, they are the end of a run. For both, they represent the end of an era.”