In the spring of 2017 Bruichladdich Distillery announced launch of their Rare Cask Series consisting of three bottlings of old and rare Bruichladdich whisky.
The very last 22 casks from 1985 have been used to create the edition presented here. The casks, third fill ex-bourbon barrels, were rediscovered in 2012 by then master distiller Jim McEwan, who filled their spirit into fresh bourbon barrels for added depth and complexity. In 2017 the whisky was again re-casked, this time into French oak casks, which had previously held claret from a prestigious château. The whisky was bottled at natural strength of 48.7% abv and without chill-filtration on May 26, 2017 with an outrun of 4200 bottles.
Nose: very complex, nectarines, blood oranges, banana bread, vanilla custard, honeyed almonds, marzipan, coconut flakes hints of potpourri and oak.
Palate: soft, ripe plums, mixed berries marmalade, toffee, lemon tart, coconut flakes, vanilla, nutmeg, dash of cinnamon and subtle oaky dryness.
Finish: long, with notes of vanilla, toffee, red berries, lemon curd, salted caramel, nutmeg and oak.