Single malt whisky - tasting notes

29 Nov 2012

Bruichladdich 1988 (Malts of Scotland)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Bruichladdich

This is another whisky that was presented at the Islay Dinner by Malts of Scotland. Contrary to the Bunnahabhain 1980, this one has a specific mention of the Dinner on the label (a new silver label by the way).


Bruichladdich 1988 - Malts of Scotland - Islay DinnerBruichladdich 24 yo 1988 (54,3%, Malts of Scotland for Islay Whisky Dinner 2012, sherry hogshead, ref. MoS 12040, 188 btl.)

Nose: initially slightly over-sherried, with only caramel coming out, but it quickly folds open. Fruity notes of strawberries and baked apple. Praline and almonds. Chocolate. Sweet and rounded, and balanced by soft touches of smoke and mint. A light veil of ferns too. Quite complex. Mouth: sweet and sour, balancing between citrus and other fruits (red berries, plums, apple). A little on the winey side maybe, but it’s nicely candied and fresh. Then growing drier, with nutty notes and a faint herbal edge. Finish: medium long, with some lingering sweetness alongside leafy notes and bags of apple skin.

A curious Bruichladdich – lots of sherry in there but in an enjoyable way. I like it. Around € 125.

Score: 87/100

Bruichladdich 1988 (Malts of Scotland) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-11-29
  • Thomas

    Unfortunately, I did not join the dinner but I take it, that you did?
    I came by the warehouse the “morning after” and took the opportunity to see Jim and I bought this bottle. As mostly when I go there, I have to go by car (Paderborn is too far away from my place) and so I have to rely on my nosing abilities in order to judge a whisky. Up to now, this has worked fine. With this Bruichladdich, well, I assume your notes pretty much hit the spot. Yet I have to say that the late, long woody finish is not so much to my linking. This always reminds me of a corky whisky…

  • WhiskyNotes

    Yes I was lucky to attend the dinner. Wonderful evening. Indeed there is quite some oak in the finish (my leafy / apple skin notes) – it’s probably the weakest spot of this whisky but luckily (for me at least) it doesn’t ruin it.



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