In the world of whisky, age often signifies not just time spent in a cask, but a narrative woven intricately into every drop. The unveiling of The Bruichladdich Eighteen and Thirty marks a significant milestone for Bruichladdich Distillery, nestled on the windswept shores of the Hebridean island of Islay. These expressions are not merely aged whiskies; they are the embodiment of a pioneering past and a steadfast commitment to the future, encapsulating the essence of terroir, community, and sustainability.
The Bruichladdich Eighteen: A Tribute to Terroir and Tradition
The Bruichladdich Eighteen is the first 18-year-old single malt in Bruichladdich’s esteemed portfolio. It serves as a homage to the distillery’s unwavering dedication to reconnecting land and dram, championing raw ingredients, and supporting the local community.
At the heart of The Bruichladdich Eighteen lies a story of innovation and collaboration. In 2004, Bruichladdich embarked on a groundbreaking journey, partnering with local farmers to cultivate barley on Islay’s fertile soil. What began as a pioneering trial with one farmer has since blossomed into a network of 20 farming partners, collectively contributing over half of the distillery’s barley for production. Head Distiller Adam Hannett encapsulates this ethos, stating, “Every element of The Bruichladdich Eighteen is fully traceable, from the specific harvest and barley varietals used to the exact casks it has matured in.”
Matured exclusively on Islay in ex-Bourbon casks, The $179.99 Bruichladdich Eighteen radiates the brand’s signature unpeated house style. With a bold 50% ABV, this expression tantalizes the senses with a symphony of honeyed notes, butterscotch sweetness, and zesty citrus, culminating in a palate adorned with tropical fruits and mellow oak.
The Bruichladdich Thirty: A Resurrection in Every Sip
The $1,999.99 Bruichladdich Thirty serves as a poignant ode to the distillery’s resilience and revival. Following its closure in 1994, Bruichladdich teetered on the brink of extinction until its triumphant rebirth in 2001. This 30-year-old single malt pays homage to the unwavering dedication of the two remaining staff who safeguarded the maturing casks during those uncertain years.
Distilled using legacy casks from the brink of extinction, The Bruichladdich Thirty is a rare gem, capturing the essence of a bygone era. Aged exclusively in ex-Bourbon casks, this limited-edition expression is bottled at 43.2% ABV, enchanting the palate with luscious notes of toasted oak, honey, and delicate vanilla. Its elegant floral profile is delicately balanced by a whisper of dark chocolate, reminiscent of Islay’s rugged coastline.
Beyond their liquid treasures, The Bruichladdich Eighteen and Thirty redefine luxury through sustainable packaging innovation. Embracing a plastic-free ethos, these expressions are encased in bespoke, recyclable outer wraps crafted by James Cropper, employing 100% green energy. Moreover, the distillery’s commitment to reducing waste is mirrored in the new decanter-style proprietary bottle, boasting an average of 60% recycled glass content.
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