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Bruichladdich 10 Year Old The Laddie Ten

Inglourious Basterds wrapped in tur

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

13th Mar 2013


Bruichladdich 10 Year Old The Laddie Ten
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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.

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Rantavahti commented

Title is supposed to be "Inglourious Basterds wrapped in turquoise" – my bad

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Rantavahti commented

Master of Malt really puts it nicely, here is the full quote: "The very first 10 year old whisky to be wholly distilled, aged and bottled following Bruichladdich's resurrection in 2001. In many ways this marks the beginning of the new era, and this will be snapped up by connoisseurs and collectors. A true milestone bottling." masterofmalt.com/whiskies/…

11 years ago 0

JeffC commented

Nice review and like the movie reference, need to open up my bottle of this soon.

11 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Rantavahti, thank you for a very nice review. The QUALITY of the barley is often overlooked in reviews, as though it is a constant. It certainly is not. The quality of the barley in The Laddie Ten makes it what it is. Huge. Glad you love this. We do too, and almost everyone we give this too falls immediately in love with it. I hope that the batches stay consistent.

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