Bruichladdich Rare & Old 1986, The Magnificent Seven

30 year old single malt from Islay's Bruichladdich distillery, released as part of their Rare Cask Series. It was distilled in 1986 and filled into Oloroso Sherry butts, then moved over to Pedro Ximenéz butt from winemaker Jan Pettersen at bodega Fernando de Castilla by previous Master Distiller Jim McEwan in 2012 for the rest of its maturation. The Magnificent Seven was drawn from just 7 casks, producing 4,200 bottles."

44.6% ABV. This was vatted from seven oloroso Sherry butts filled in 1986, then transferred into Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts from Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla in 2012.

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Tasting Notes
Nose Figs, sticky damson jam, the sort of richness one finds in a dark chutney. Cinnamon, yet a black tea, tobacco element. Dates, really intense. Curiously there’s very little mustiness or oakiness that one might expect from such old casks. Mince pies. Ginger biscuits. A little balsamic vinegar. Very un-Laddie like.
Colour Auburn.
Taste the richer end of dried fruits: figs, dates and prunes, but there’s a lovely savoury undercurrent to this. Meaty and sweet: honey-glazed ham, grouse with a blackberry sauce. And it’s that balance that takes this beyond mere ‘sherry monster’ territory. The damsons and plums continue here: tart blackcurrants, perhaps even a touch of elderberry. Dark chocolate. Assam tea, tobacco once again, but remarkably not at all too woody, not at all too much cask influence, but calling things a day at the right moment in time.
Finish Continued Sherried awesomeness.

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