Bruichladdich Blacker Still
Added on Monday, Sep 3, 2007 at 10:19 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 20 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1986 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.70 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes
Rich chocolate and sherry nose.  Wonderful.  Complex taste -- sherry, malt, peat, smoke, and a bit of citrus in the finsh.  Happy.  Happy.  Happy. 

Nose says hello with lots of sherry and a hint of campfire.  Immediately sweet on the palate, which keeps building with rich toffee and maple, into a nice long finish with rolling waves of sherry, syrupy-sweet malt and f'ing goodness with nips of smoke, fruit, and summer flowers.  Just enough heat to make me happy.  Into my 3rd glass I started thinking, this may be an A+... but that may be because it was the third glass... retasting it as I write, it is a definite: A


NOTE:  Tasting this after I'd had more experience under my belt, I don't find it as extremely enjoyable... there's a good amount of sulfur in here that's not bad tasting per se, but it tends to throw things off balance. Still good stuff though. A-

Thick sherry and then waves of rich smoke continuing into the finish, with pepper.  The alcohol is pleasantly noticeable without overwhelming.  Yum!!!  
Wow. Possibly the best I've ever had. Nice full-bodied, caramel taste, plenty of smoke, and an easy, smooth finish. A+! 

citrus and chocolate.  Strangly weak for cask strength.  Solid stuff.



As you might expect, the nose has deep sherry notes. The palate is sweet sherry with a touch of sulfur. There's all kinds of fruit in here: raisins, dark cherries, figs - delicious stuff. The finish is dessert sweet. This is a big old sherry bomb. For a legendary bottling, I didn't find it particularly complex, but it's wonderfully drinkable.  
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