BRUICHLADDICH 1990 Over 25 Years 9th Edition PEATY ARTIST S.V 55%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 56555

Bruichladdich’s barley is sourced solely from Scotland, and 33% of it is grown on Islay itself. Since reopening in 2001, the distillery has produced three very different single malts: unpeated Bruichladdich (60% of production), peated Port Charlotte (30% of production) and Octomore, the peatiest single malt in Scotland (10% of production). This version was distilled two years before the distillery’s temporary closure. Its marine, medicinal and earthy character proudly proclaims its island roots. With its abundant and very complex fruit, it also eloquently evokes the world of Irish whiskeys and single pot stills.

The complex first nose reveals heady florals (mimosa), beeswax, clove, fleur de sel and candied citrus fruit... Allowed to breathe, it develops autumnal tones (moss, dark chocolate). Exotic fruit (mango, passion fruit, pineapple) then precedes a refined medicinal peat. The concentrated attack is earthy, liquorice and salty. On the mid-palate, ripe fruits (apricot) bring the palette towards a more jammy register (Mirabelle plum). The well-balanced finish is characterized by incense, leather, spices and salted butter caramel. New fruits further develop the fruity register of this Bruichladdich (gooseberry, blueberry, orange).
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Tasting note

  • Appearance : topaz
  • Nose : full-bodied, complex. Heady florals (broom, mimosa), beeswax, clove, white mint, fleur de sel, coriander and candied citrus fruit (lemon, orange) are notably all found on the absolutely magnificent first nose. Allowed to breathe, it develops more autumnal (moss, dark chocolate) and liquorice tones. At this point a stunning note of straw and lots of exotic fruits appear (mango, passion fruit, pineapple). On the edge of the aromatic palette, tiger balm and nutmeg add a medicinal and camphoric touch.
  • Palate : concentrated, rich. The very dynamic attack perfectly reproduces the earthy, liquorice and saline character of the nose. Slender, it gradually pays a vibrant tribute to malted barley. On the mid-palate, a delicious note of sugar candy and ripe fruit (apricot, white peach) bring the flavour palette to smoother, more jammy (plum, Mirabelle plum) and dairy (coconut, almond) registers. Red and black fruits (raspberry, bramble, blackcurrant) highlight the minerality (schist, slate) of the end of the palate.
  • Overall : long, well-balanced. Tobacco, incense, leather, spices (cinnamon, ginger), salted butter caramel and even candied lemon feed a dense start to the finish. With time, gooseberry, blueberry and orange flesh out the fruity register of this almost 30-year old Bruichladdich. The mature retro-nasal olfaction is roasted, praline and candied (lemon, apricot). The empty glass wavers between strong spices (black pepper, clove), precious wood (oak) and malted barley.
The brand

The brand

The desire to take on new challenges at this distillery is so high that it would take almost an entire chapter to describe all the different experimental bottlings of the Bruichladdich single malt, created under the aegis of Mark Reynier and Jim McEwan. In addition to the “classic” range of unpeated whiskies, they have released peated malts (the 3D and Port Charlotte range, followed by Octomore, the spirit with the highest phenolic content ever seen), triple-distilled malts and even quadruple-distilled malts, not to mention the different casks used for maturation, a process the “laddies” prefer to call A.C.E (Additional Cask Enhancement) rather than “finishing”. Bought in 2012 by the French group Rémy Cointreau, the distillery seems to be moving towards the production of more classic styles using only 100% Scottish barley. Find out more


The distillery

Following its acquisition in 2000 by a group of investors, the Bruichladdich distillery underwent a meticulous renovation in 2001, which enabled the owners to keep almost all of the original 19th century equipment, including an open brewing tank and very elongated onion-shaped stills (the stills for the second distillation are six metres high). The resulting single malt is very mildly peaty, being characterised by its coastal origins, with a scent of sea air and salty flavours on the palate. Reserving all of its production for the single malt market, Bruichladdich is also the only distillery to age and bottle its whisky on the isle of Islay. It produces two heavily peated releases: Port Charlotte and Octomore.



Artist, Lands of Scotland, Malt Pedigree, Tartan, The Ten, Very Cloudy... all of these whisky ranges – composed of single malts and single grains – have one thing in common: they were all created by the team at La Maison du Whisky. They are the fruits of many decades of close collaboration with some of the most prestigious bottlers in Scotland. For some years the French importer and exclusive distributor of the classic ranges of well-known spirits producers, La Maison du Whisky was soon granted the very rare privilege of being able to complement these ranges with their own, bringing together two sets of expertise, two reputations and two complementary histories under one, single label.


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Baptised ‘Artist’, this new range makes no bones about proclaiming its identity. Cosmopolitan and contemporary, it draws its inspiration from the style that gave the Italian bottlings of the 60s and 70s their cult following. From the choice of whiskies (distillery, ageing process, age, strength, bottling procedure) to the design of the bottle and choice of label, every detail has been carefully considered. This range offers a fine presentation of both the whiskies and the artist whose works have been selected for the back labels.

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