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It took a lot of dedication and hard work but they finally got there. After having to work miracles with the existing, partly sub-par, stock left by the owners Jim Beam, these brave new owners have now come full circle for the first time with their "own" inaugural Ten year old: The Laddie Ten.
Nose: Vegetal nose, with citrus, lime, celery and brocolli. A recognisable salty brine familiar to bruichladdich, this is, as far as coastal salty bryniness goes, the opposite of the old pulteney type. The Old pulteney is clean, fresh and light. This is much more dense, thick, zesty and creamy saltiness/bryne. Develops with soft peppers&anis-seeds and rounds of with cereal richness.
Palate: The cereal sweetness that left us greets us here, alongside a salty coastal bryne with citrus, leaving the scene after a hefty intro to more bitter vegetal qualities, as were previously hinted to on the nose. All very creamy and very much Bruichladdich. Celery and brocolli now take the stage but now with rich spinach, still in a creamy, dense bowl of flavour. This then starts getting replaced by a biscuity, cereal richness. This body and taste develops into sweeter areas marrying with the vegetal qualities and you get a slight hint of rhubarb and rhubarb pie. The finnish lingers, with the crums of this delicious bruichladdich flavour-revival. The whisky then goes on a journey with you, revsiiting these flavours as the finnish just continues with that beautiful bittersweet interact.
This Bruichladdich unchained, if you are a fan of bruichladdich this is the "hallelujah" of your whisky journey, a superbly nostalgic yet contemporary iteration of a brilliant&creative distillery. For me,impossible not to love.Really is like tasting "Essence de Bruichladdich". The Future is bright!