Whisky Review: Bruichladdich 1990 Sherry Cask Edition 25 Aged Years

Style: Herbal and Fruity

Nose:

Delicate aroma of red berries, floral candies, orange and lemon citrus, grass signatures actively mingling together. Round black plums, acidic overtone, red chilli heat, complex, but pretty well-toned. Wood smoke and dry spice roving underneath to give a slight herbal, almost ginseng edge to the spirit. Interesting.

Palate:

Herbal malt combines with red fruits, or rather, assorted fruits – Starting from red apples, plums, strawberries, oranges, kiwis, all the way to lemon and grapefruits clustering at the core. Fresh Chinese ginseng herbs surface again, soft bitter grassy touches. Toasty malt, red dates, battered cupcakes and cooked carrots at the back seat, a rather unusual profile we have here… Fruit confectioneries sinking lower and connects with earthy undertone to finish.

Finish:

Sherry-orange, like that’s a thing. More plums, tobacco leaves, Oloroso sherry signatures on their way back. More dates and red grapes. Sweet and savoury.

Thoughts:

Interesting profile, maybe I haven’t tried enough Bruichladdich yet. This is a bit funky, but funky in a good way. A relatively distinct herbal-earthy tone, and not often I experience so many different fruits in a Sherry-heavy (Fully matured in Oloroso + PX!) vat. Nice sweetness with decent depth, quite fun to play with.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[48.1% • Original Bottling • 1990 Distilled • 2015 Bottled • 1 of 6000 Bottles • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Limited Edition • Travel Retail Exclusive • t]

-Esmond