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Bruichladdich 10 year old a.k.a "The Laddie Ten" is one of the highlights of my "whisky career" so far. Master of Malt said this is mark of an new era and I couldn't agree more. Laddie Ten is a new and refreshing addition to the whisky world. It is a combination of fresh thoughts and tradition. Bruichladdich says that the key to this young dram's exceptionally long finish is in the natural oils from the malted barley still in the spirit. Something that's usually removed from the spirits.
So, it gives you something new and something old. It tastes brilliant and it offers you different kinds of enjoyment. It was a positive surprise of a product that I thought was going to be mediocre. It is definitely the Inglourious Basterds of whisky. A stunning movie that has some ingredients in it, that I usually don't look for but which I bought immediately. In Laddie Ten it was the sherry, in Inglourious Basterds it was the "false history" in the storyline.
They both are a benchmark of brilliant storytelling/manufacturing of our era. Borrowing some old stuff and putting it into your own innovation make both industries go forward. And I'm glad about the whisky name. Bruichladdich 10 year old couldn't have had a better name – The Laddie Ten!
Nose: Delightful aromas of honey and tropical fruits. Lemon is the most intense of the fruits but there's also peaches and apricot. Drop of water brings more delicate aromas like oak, vanilla and nuts but for tastes sake I won't be adding water anymore. I like to keep the taste how it is.
Taste: Rich and complex. Starts with sweet oak and honey with a sherry feel and develops into a nice combination of spices and fruits with sugar.
Finish: Long and soft, malted barley with a bit oily and "earthly" touch and some bitter notes.
Balance: Great whisky that delivers best in the taste without forgetting the nice and subtle aromas. Smooth and complex and very versatile. This has to be one of the best 10 year olds there is.