Bruichladdich 1985 Hidden Glory 32YO 48.7% Single Malt Whisky 700ml
Rare Cask Series from Bruichladdich
Your chance to own a piece of distillery history.
A 32 year journey with a few crossroads, a few considered and inspired decisions down the line. This dram comes from the final 22 casks of the legacy stock distilled back in 1985 by a previous generation of Bruichladdich stillmen. This whisky was originally filled into gentle third fill Bourbon casks and lay untouched in warehouse 14 until 2012. Master distiller Jim McEwan discovered this forgotten parcel and re-casked it into fresh bourbon adding depth and complexity. In 2017, it was given a finishing period in French oak from an acclaimed chateaux.
“These rare, old single malt whiskies are a direct link to our past, to the men who made truly special spirit here while facing very different circumstances to those which we enjoy today. Testament to their skill and hard work it was laid down to mature by the shores of Loch Indaal, unaware of what the future might bring.
“Three generations of distillers have watched over it, each of us helping to shape the final concept. It has been my privilege to decide that the treasures we have nurtured are now ready to be brought to the world.
“These whiskies when tasted leave me speechless. They are in their prime, the last of their kind and can never be repeated, never recreated. Nothing quite like them will ever be seen again.
“They are some of the most symbolic whiskies I have worked with and they are profoundly important to me. They are as old as I am. They refect my life and experience, those moments that mean so much to us all. The moments that defne us; when we marry, when we become parents and when we achieve our dreams and are recognised for our achievements.
“These are the moments that deserve to be celebrated with something extraordinary. I hope you will be able to join me.”
– ADAM HANNETT
Official Tasting notes:
Colour - An Islay sunrise.
Aroma - Gorgeous. Classic old school Bruichladdich. Coconut, warm muscovado sugar, vanilla custard, grapefruit, mango, baked ginger biscuits, marzipan. After a while notes of date syrup and sultana.
Taste - Soft and gentle texture, a delicate dram. Crème brulee, buttercup and orange zest. Gently warming the palate, it opens to reveal a touch of leather, toasted oak and praline. Sweet citrus and mango come through later.
Finish - So gentle but a lovely finish of warm scones and dried fruit, candied orange, lemon peel and apricot jam.
700ml | 48.7% ABV| Islay Scotland