Islay Flooded by New Bottlings and Press Releases

The guys at Bruichladdich are, apparently, working overtime as if Islay Time never existed. With the speed of a machine gun Mark Reynier fires press releases with more Bruichladdich news into the virtual world. Several weeks ago it was the First Growth Series followed by the new 16yr old and a couple of days ago we could read about the Resurrection Dram. If you think this is all you are wrong.... Today another press release was issued announcing two more new expressions from Jim McEwan's hands. The first one is called "Golder Still", a limited edition of 4,900 numbered bottles, bottled at cask strength, available from mid-november for £130 or $290. The second one is the "Sherry 21", which replaces the 20yr old series. This new expression, matured for 21 years in Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 46%, is available from today, for a retail price of £80 or $175.

Back now to the press release titled "End of a Golden Era": Bruichladdich Distillery have released two ‘end-of-era’ single malts. The new bottlings, 'Golder Still' and 'Sherry 21', are the last in a run of particularly special casks the style of which are unlikely to be seen again. 'Golder Still' was aged in rare 'squat-hogsheads', novel casks tested in the late 70s by US coopers seeking the optimum cask shape for modern storage. Fortuitously, the extra whisky-to-wood contact in these stumpy, Disney-like, experimental bourbon casks, imparted greater colour and flavour to the spirit. Mark Reynier: 'There’s not much and it’s unrepeatable - but it’s a glorious, old-style whisky; a classic Laddie, all barley-sugar flavours with a golder hue.'Continue reading..... The 'Sherry 21' also comes from the last of a line. Since 1981 sherry is only Spanish bottled, so UK bulk shipments ceased and cask availability dried up. A larger scale bottling, it replaces the successful Twenty series of bourbon matured Bruichladdichs, and stocks are scheduled to last until 2010. 'Decent condition, authentic Oloroso butts are now almost as rare as hens’ teeth. Sadly, you can see why E150 has become so standard in the industry. 'This is the natural, real deal - rich, mellow, and warming whisky; an ideal winter night-cap with it’s hints of orange, apricot, plum, fig, and dates. 'For connoisseurs, these are two delicious extremes of Bruichladdich. For us, they are the end of a run. For both, they represent the end of an era.' More images and information sheets are available from the Latest News section.

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