Every once and a while, one comes across a whisky that is a piece of history. Crafted to commemorate a special occasion.
Bottled in a white ceramic decanter at cask strength, Bruichladdich 1965 was released in 1981 to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles & Lady Di.
Bruichladdich 15 year (1965/1981) 52%
Royal Wedding H.R.H. Prince Charles, Sherry cask, 900 bottles
- Nose – Beautiful sherry, restrained, elegant, light perfume
- Palate – Soft, elegant spice with light peat depths
- Finish – An absolutely divine finish with a hint of anise
It reminded me of an operatic aria – with achingly beautiful high notes from the 1st soprano which were then joined by rich contralto harmonies and then tenor counter point.
This whisky last retailed for approximately $500… with a warning that it should be carefully weighed before purchasing as some decanters experienced severe evaporation over the years.
I will confess, I hadn’t originally planned to try this whisky. But was persuaded by the lass from La Maison du Whisky… and am so glad I was steered its way. This is one of those unique drams that is completely memorable – a complete original.
Following this stunning whisky, I was given a nip of the Bruichladdich 10 year Samaroli 58% from the 1970s. While not bad, it was somehow lacking ‘soul’.
Other whiskies sampled in the Collector’s Room included:
- Tormore 10 year 43% (1970s OB)
- Linkwood 25 year 40% (G&MP)
- Bruichladdich 15 year (1965/1981) 52% – this post
- Karuizawa 12 year (1999) 58.9%
PS This whisky came compliments of my Whisky Live Singapore traveling companion – you know who you are and you know how much I appreciated experiencing these discoveries together!
Other Bruichladdich’s sampled over the years include:
- Black Arts 4.1 49.2%
- Octomore 5_169 59.5%
- The Organic Scottish Barley 50%
- PC Scottish Barley 50%
- Rocks 46%
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