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The Bruichladdich Thirty




Whisky Review: The Bruichladdich Thirty

Tasting Notes:

30 year old Scotch single malt aged in ex-bourbon casks; bottled at 43.2% ABV; priced at $1,999.99.
A very respectable golden amber exists in this glass, carrying along with it established legs and moderate viscosity.
This subtly screams old-timer single malt throughout the nose, reflecting mature aromatics of gentle, sweet vanilla, soft and silky oak, a wisp of tropical fruit, decadent apple pie, and a nod of white chocolate.
Dang. This drink is so smooth you don’t realize you have alcohol in your hand. What’s in my mouth is a nice flow of sensual vanilla, a super subtle black pepper, crisp apple cobbler, poached pear, and a fade in rich brown sugar.
The finish floats along my back palate in such a silky manner that it is very pleasant; you hardly notice it quietly fading away.
When you think of 30-year-old Scotch single malt, think of this. This Bruichladdich is a fine example of expression at this age range; there’s very little to pick on. Sure, it is pricey, but if you just won the lottery, it’s worth spending a little money on.
The Bruichladdich Thirty review
We review The Bruichladdich Thirty, a Scotch single malt aged for three decades in ex-bourbon casks laid down around the time the distillery shuttered for seven years starting in 1994. (image via Bruichladdich)

Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whisky from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies, this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

Since its reopening in 2001 following a seven-year shuttering, Scotland’s Bruichladdich distillery has carved a unique niche for itself among the Islay-based whisky makers. It’s not just the whisky that’s unique, but also the approach. Bruichladdich’s uniquenesses, which keep fans coming back, are rooted in its Islay-centric approach. The distillery strives to keep as many of its operations on the island as possible, including significant use of locally grown malt in some of its expressions and having enough warehousing to ensure all single malts are conceived, distilled, matured, and bottled solely on the island.

Its whiskies are split among three different brands: Bruichladdich, an unpeated Islay single malt Scotch whisky; Port Charlotte, a heavily peated Islay single malt Scotch whisky; and Octomore, the world’s most heavily peated Scotch whisky series . The Bruichladdich line-up recently saw the addition of the new Luxury Redefined range, described as this brand’s first permanent high-age statement whiskies. Thus far, it includes an 18-year-old and a 30-year-old.

What’s in the bottle

The whisky being reviewed here, The Bruichladdich Thirty, is a 30-year-old Scotch single malt distilled around the time of the Bruichladdich shutdown in 1994. Matured entirely in ex-bourbon casks, it was crafted in part to pay homage to the two remaining staff members who, over the seven years the distillery was shut, “safeguarded the casks which continued to mature in the depths of the warehouses, before the distillery was reopened in 2001.”

“The Bruichladdich Thirty has been distilled using these legacy – almost lost – casks, capturing a pivotal moment in time for the distillery,” explained Head Distiller Adam Hannett at the time of this whisky’s release. “This 30-year-old single malt not only celebrates the resurrection of our Victorian distillery but pays homage to the men who laid down this spirit three decades ago.”

The Bruichladdich Thirty is bottled at 43.2% ABV and priced at $1,999.99.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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