Review: Bruichladdich “Sherry Editions”September 24th, 2008
Bruichladdich was closed between 1994 and 2000 except for June and July, 1998. These two whiskies were distilled during that time. Both whiskies were made the same way except that they were aged in different sherry casks: one in oloroso sherry; the other in manzanilla sherry. Both are nicely done and entertaining whiskies for only about ten years of aging.
Bruichladdich Sherry Edition (Manzanilla), 1998 vintage, 46%, $100
The freshest of the two, with appetizing brine, honey, lemon rock candy, golden raisin and peach. Subtle ginger, toasted marshmallow, and coconut round out the palate. Very bright and lively.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 87
Bruichladdich Sherry Edition (Oloroso), 1998 vintage, 46%, $100
Less appetizing brine and zing, and showing more “weight” when compared to its sibling. Sweeter notes of toffee, fig, and vanilla fudge lay the foundation for mixed nuts, black raspberry, plum, nectarine, and ripe red grape. A soothing dram.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 86