Bruichladdich 2001

Bruichladdich’s diligence and devotion to barley quality is evident in droves in this mid-age cask from the popular Islay distillery. Distilled in November 2001, and filled into a fresh rum barrel, the whisky is already 17 years old. The cask will yield approximately 238 bottles at cask strength 61% ABV.

Auction has ended. The winning bid was £11,000.00.

Cask Details

DistilleryBruichladdich
RegionIslay
Age17 years
Distillation DateNovember 29, 2001
Cask TypeFresh Rum Barrel
Peated?No
Re-gauge ABV61.00%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)102.7 litres
Re-gauge DateJune 17, 2019
Bottles238
Cask Number#741

Tasting Notes

Nose – Dark sugar, crystallised. Apple pepernoten.

Palate – Top layer of creme brulee, coconut milk rice pudding.

Nose with water – Mango & Passionfruit nectar, dark brown sugar.

Palate with water – Passion flowers and turkish delight.

There’s a spicy sweetness at work here. If you visit the Netherlands, there’s a christmas biscuit that sometimes gets enrobed in apple-flavoured yoghurt at specialty shops. It’s amazing, and it’s on the nose of this whisky. With water, more exotic fruits emerge.

Has anyone ever combined the ideas of coconut rice pudding with the caramelised sugar of creme brulee? They ought to, because this whisky demonstrated the combination is solid. Water reduces the effect and leaves gentler floral aromas, and a reminder of Turkish delights.

About The Distillery

Islay is a little too small, a little too sparse and a little too exposed to have ever made a real go of barley growing beyond the self-sufficiency of the Ileachs. Bruichladdich is probably the distillery that cares more than any other about the barley they make their whisky from. Their dream is to bring back the large scale cultivation of bere – the variety of barley that used to grow all over Scotland before the modern world arrived with its demands and quotas. Islay is their Eden – the garden from which a hardy, coastal bere will spring and cover the land from beach to clifftop in golden-brown grain. Islay is a fertile heartland waiting to happen.

That day is not here yet, but the current Malt Whiskies from Bruichladdich ensure that as much of the barley is Islay-grown as possible, and Scottish where not. This attention to their barley shows in the complexity of their whisky, where malty flavours form a wonderful backdrop to a soft fruitiness, in peated and unpeated varieties. This 18 year old cask has the further benefits of being formerly used to hold rum, whose sweet and velvety notes gel perfectly with this aged Bruichladdich.

Buyer’s note: Independent bottlings of Bruichladdich are permitted to use the spirit name Bruichladdich and to be bottled elsewhere in Scotland using own label design, however they are not allowed to imitate official Bruichladdich releases in name or visual style. Please take this into account when you make your bid. Cask 88 has a wonderful in-house design team who can help create perfect packaging within specifications.

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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on October 11th at 11:00pm GMT subject to continuation defined below.
  • If a bid is received within the last 2 minutes of bidding, the auction will be extended for an additional 2 minutes. The auction will officially close when a period of 2 minutes has passed without a new bid.
  • All bids represent a legally binding contract to purchase the designated item.
  • The highest bidder at conclusion of the auction will immediately be charged a £500 deposit by credit card; the remaining balance will be due within 72 hours of auction close by bank wire transfer.
  • Failure to send proof of payment within 72 hours will result in a penalty of 1% of the hammer price for each day the payment is delinquent.
  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction. At the conclusion of the auction a complimentary sample will be sent to the winning bidder.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
  • A reserve price has been set for the auction. If the reserve price is not reached then the seller, in their sole discretion, can choose whether to accept the high bid or may offer a counter offer. All bids placed by buyers are binding, even when the reserve price has not been met, until the seller declines the highest bid.
  • A 10% buyers premium will be added to the highest prevailing bid. No buyers premium will be due if the reserve price is not met and the seller choses not to accept the high bid.