Bruichladdich 2008

This first fill bourbon barrel was re-gauged in September 2019 at almost 60% ABV so has held its strength extremely well and could potentially continue maturation for many years. Expressions of aged Bruichladdich in ex-bourbon barrels similar to this have enjoyed incredible success and popularity; for example, several of the Black Art releases can trace their roots back to ex-bourbon casks similar to the one we have for auction here.

Auction estimate: £18,000 – £20,000

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Cask Details

DistilleryBruichladdich
RegionIslay
Age12 years
Distillation DateJune 9, 2008
Cask Type1st Fill Bourbon Barrel
Peated?No
Re-gauge ABV59.30%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)78.50 litres
New Bulk Litres132.34 litres
Re-gauge DateSeptember 2019
Bottles189
Cask Number1634

The Wood

Bruichladdich source their ex-bourbon casks from Jack Daniels, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam or Old Grandad, so we can say with certainty that this wood came from one of these American distilleries. Quercus alba (white oak), commonly known as American oak, is the type of wood we have here maturing Bruchladdich’s spirit, and on this occasion it is a first fill cask bourbon cask which normally displays vanilla, butterscotch and tropical fruit notes.

“This type of cask matures whisky at a good, consistent pace; contributes sweetness, creaminess and spice flavours; while also leaving more room for the distillate to express its character than you get with virgin oak.”

— Jane Carswell (Bruichladdich 2020)

The Spirit

Bruichladdich is a unique example of a distillery which still uses traditional methods in the majority of their whisky production. There are no computers used in the distilling process and it uses the largest mash tun in the industry which dates back to the distillery opening in 1881.

The Masters

Jim McEwen, who began his career in whisky in 1963 as an apprentice cooper at Bowmore distillery and has over 50 years experience in the whisky industry, is likely to have overseen the filling of this cask on the overcast 9th of June 2008. During his tenure as distillery manager he was instrumental in the reopening of Bruichladdich after the distillery was mothballed in the 1990s and since has also been a pioneer of barley experimentation. Included in his long list of achievements is his creation of the most heavily peated spirit to run off a Scottish still (Octomore), which released in April 2008 and now is a consistent release from Bruichladdich.

The Verdict

This first fill bourbon barrel was re-gauged in September 2019 at almost 60% ABV so has held its strength extremely well and could potentially continue maturation for many years. Expressions of aged Bruichladdich in ex-bourbon barrels similar to this have enjoyed incredible success and popularity; for example, several of the Black Art releases can trace their roots back to ex-bourbon casks similar to the one we have for auction here.

Tasting Notes

“On nosing this whisky I am instantly hit with the aroma of honeydew melon; both the ripe, sweet flesh of the melon and the slightly more tannic, crunchy seeds. A sip reveals a really potent dram: somehow reminiscent of a dense plum wine while also taking me on a journey of spice. While savouring my mouthful I notice the flavours move into something a little savoury, notes of fennel and cumin, but then the finish is all star anise. With water the Bruichladdich evolves into something sweeter with hints of fresh strawberries and warm pastries.”

Cat Marney,
Social Media Manager

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. 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. 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.

Buyer’s note: Independent bottlings of Bruichladdich 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.

Buyer’s note: We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.

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Auction Details

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