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Next up is the First Edition of the Bruichladdich 10 Year Old. Note that this is not the current bottle design, but a slightly older one (but distilled no earlier than December 2000 when the distillery was purchased buy Murray McDavid and re-opened).
The colour is a medium yellow. On the nose, quite herbal with mint and sage. Fruity with green apple, kumquats, melon and a hint of papaya. Quite malty, you know it's young but in a good way. Briny. The peat is almost non-existent but somehow you know it's an Islay. A little water brings out more herbs. A lovely nose.
More citrusy on the palate, and a little oily. Vanilla, butter cream and a lot more brine. A hint of wood with some pine needles and buttered croissants. Maltier and spicier with water. Very refreshing.
The finish is clean and crisp with apple skins, a bit of spice and some sage. I've always been hit-and-miss with Bruichladdich but this to me is the standard house style the way it should be - clean, simple (but with its own complexity) and easy to drink. Straightforward and direct. You can't get this bottling anymore, but do not fret - the current Laddie Ten is just as good.