Whisky Review – Bruichladdich 25 1985 DNA3 MCMLXXXV

Review 94 – Bruichladdich 25 1985 DNA3 MCMLXXXV

Region: Islay
ABV: 50.1%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry


Colour: Mahogany

Nose: Nutty, oak, raisin, worn leather, raspberry chocolate, fresh seaweed, cinnamon, mace, red apple skin, bay leaf

Palate: Oak, red apple, raspberry, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, oak, salt, raisin

Finish: Long finish, pepper, oak, mineral, oak tannins

Score: 90/100

Great deal of complexity throughout, all that you expect from high quality sherry cask. The nose carries a nice wave of various spices, leather, dark fruits, and chocolate notes. The palate is more or less similar to the nose, followed by a drying finish thanks of a great deal of oak tannins. A great offering from Bruichladdich, though not as complex as I thought it would be, it’s rather well-harmonised, really enjoyed this dram!

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PC10, PC11, PC12.


A Trio Review of PC10/11/12

Image Left To Right: PC10/11/12

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PC10 “TRO NA LINNTEAN”

“It’s the PC10 expression from Bruichladdich powerfully peaty Port Charlotte series of releases. This release also marked 10 years of Allan Logan, who became the youngest distillery manager in Scotland, working with Jim McEwan. This was referenced in this expression’s subtitle, ‘Tro Na Linntean’, which means ‘Through the Generations’. Only 6,000 bottles of PC10 were released.”


Region: Islay
ABV: 59.8%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: American Oak Casks


Colour: Gold

Nose: Hay, citrus, walnut, smoke, peat, faint red berries, tar, ethanol.

Palate: Brine, mineral, salt, wood, citrus peel, candied orange, oily, tar, touch of dried figs.

Finish: Medium finish, pepper, ginger, peat, earthy, hay, touch of funk.

Score: 88/100


Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PC11 “EÃ’RNA NA H-ALBA”

“PC11, ‘Eòrna Na h-Alba’ – Scottish Barley – is our homage to the land and people that gave life to this whisky.”


Region: Islay
ABV: 59.5%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: Premium Ex-Bourbon + Oloroso Sherry Finish


Colour: Mahogany

Nose: Smoke, sawdust, brine, peat, orange peel, raspberry, sulfur funk, charcoal, honey, ethanol.

Palate: Metallic, medicinal peat, smoke, pepper, oily, funk, cherry.

Finish: Long finish, pepper, ginger, funk, cinnamon, mineral water.

Score: 86/100


Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PC12 “OILEANACH FURACHAIL”

“Adam Hannett has been working alongside Jim McEwan since 2006, watching and learning from the legendary distiller. Adam has a special talent, a perceptive nose and a rare ability to analyse and objectify sensory experience. One day the ultimate responsibility for this precious spirit will rest on his shoulders. Here we acknowledge Adam and his ongoing journey with Jim. “Oileanach furachail”.”


Region: Islay
ABV: 58.7%
E150: No
Chill-filtered: No
Cask Type: N/A


Colour: Amber

Nose: Cherry syrup, menthol, smoke, tangerine, raspberry gummy, oily, sweet herbal note, touch of barbeque sauce, cola.

Palate: Charred wood, barbeque sauce, peat, salt, cola, herbal, lemon peel, nuts.

Finish: Long finish, pepper, cinnamon, wood.

Score: 89/100


Very interesting to do a vertical of these three PCs, you can see the progression coming through.

The PC10 is a very solid, cask strength peated Islay, great deal of complexity.

The PC11 is surprisingly less good to my taste, despite my love for sherry casks.

The PC12 feels the most well-made to me, very rounded throughout, nice balance of peat, costal notes, and red fruits.