Bruichladdich 1998 Manzanilla follow up…

Only 6000 bottles of Bruichladdich 1998 Manzanilla were released. Some will be bought by collectors (those lovely people who don’t actually drink their whisky), some by tourists, some as presents and some to whisky bars all over the country. But that still leaves us with some 5900 bottles, right? What will Bruichladdich do with them? I think I know the answer.

Remember when in August 2008 Oz Clarke and Top Gear’s James May attempted to run a high performance racing car on a special distillation of Bruichladdich, the infamous quadruple-distilled X4? The results were unbelievable, 0-60 in 3.5s!

I’m not quite sure how much resources it takes to make X4 but I would expect it to be a lot. Distilleries, whether we like it or not, are energy hungry and not particularly water efficient. And at £26 a litre (after Duty and tax) it’s no competition for ordinary petrol just yet.

I am not saying I would have them run cars on 1998 Manzanilla, that would be a waste of human efforts (and it’s technically impossible, it contains too much water). But for me drinking it isn’t an option either… any suggestions?



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