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Bruichladdich 10 Year Old The Laddie Ten

Average score from 20 reviews and 20 ratings 88

Bruichladdich 10 Year Old The Laddie Ten

Product details

  • Brand: Bruichladdich
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 46.0%
  • Age: 10 year old

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@jerryclyde
Bruichladdich 10 Year Old The Laddie Ten

The label proclaims that "The first 10 years are the toughest." Indeed. For the new owners of the distillery, their first ten years must have seemed interminable: awaiting the release of their own maturing stock; attempting to balance the books by selling new make spirit and the backlog of acquired whisky through various marketing schemes (hit and miss), and building new brand allegiance. The Laddie Ten is a celebration of that long wait. But I have to wonder if two more "tough" years would have smoothed out some of the rough edges in this malt.

Nose: Decidedly coastal with salt, barley and fennel up front. Some cigar box notes and a bit of peat in the background (peat from the water, not from the malt which is unpeated).

Palate: Oily but light. A tingling delivery of barley, spices and a herbal bitterness. The barley sweetness is held in check. Oak kicks in mid-palate and becomes a bit too dominant. Chewy. A bit hot.

Finish: Quite long with spice and oak tannins leading the way out.

I actually like the 'laddie classic better than the laddie 10. It's not a bad dram though. Unfortunately the distillery wasn't able to keep up with world-wide demand. I have an extra bottle to trade if anyone needs one.

@szila

Kicking off my first Connosr Review with this fine Islay specimen.

Nose: Fresh but delicate. Syrupy, pine, light briny note, honey, vanilla and pancakes! Icing sugar (on a freshly baked cake) Floral (wild, meadow flowers). I am amazed by the complexity and ever changing layers of the nose. Lots of fruits: peaches, melon and overripe bananas. Always present a complex fruit hybrid, that combines all the mentioned ones, with lots of unidentifiable ones. Let's just call it the Bruichladdich fruit. Most dominant are the citrus notes. McEwan often mentions these as a result of the maturation by the sea, and strangely it does very often go along with the saltiness.

Palate: Creamy/oily and full. Citrus, vegetal, vanilla, honey. Spicy oak, huge malt, bread, butter biscuit. There is almost always a sea salt flavour, but never on it's own, it kind of binds in with all the other notes.

Finish: Long, malty, bitter-sweet. Cereal, earthy mineral peat.

Yes, I also found some peat. It was always intriguing to read about the different theories on the peatyness of this dram. My favourite is the one where supposedly 2 barrels of Port Charlotte were mistakenly added to the vatting. I just love this stuff, and if its just not a whisky tasting day, even just smelling it out of the bottle can really satisfy. Just to bad that it is almost extinct and the new core-range just can't live up to it. Hopefully one day!

Welcome to reviewdom. Nice picks on your first few bottles to write up.

@hunggar

So the Laddie Ten is no longer in heavy production, and that’s sad. With dwindling stock and some technical problems at the distillery earlier this year, availability for this one is set to get thinner and thinner. Now that my current bottle is all gone, it’s time to go scour the city for more. If you’re a fan of this one and you can still find it in stores, I recommend buying it. Even if you don’t drink it now, this is a good one to have on the backburner. Where I live there are only a few stores left that still carry it.

Nose: Quite a fresh, clean barley note comes through first. Light honey, hay, ginger, corn flakes, lemon lozenges, sponge cake, butter, vanilla, ocean air, smoke, and something vegetal.

Palate: Light mouthfeel, with a salty, tangy arrival. Rich, lush barley, lemon tart, lemon meringue pie. The honey has a fun interplay with the citrus, and there’s a great balance between the sweet and the bitter.

Finish: The barley keeps on giving. Corn Flakes, honey, butter and cream, white pepper, ginger, mustard, anise, salt, oak, cookie batter, lemon tart, fresh peaches, a rather indistinguishable vegetal note, and light smoke. The Oloroso influence also begins to shine through here, with subtle berry and red fruit notes.

While I do love it, I’ll happily admit that the Laddie Ten is not the most accessible ten year old. It’s bolder, more complex, and more challenging than most whiskies within its age bracket. But, after you spend some time with it, you’ll find there’s much to like. There’s the bitter/sweet interplay, the orchard-fresh quality of the citrus and peach notes, the unique vegetal flavour, and finally the savory barley that Bruichladdich is known for. In spite of the universal praise the brand gets for its younger expressions, I feel a solid ten years has done this some favours. It’s still young, but it doesn’t taste too young or sharp like some of their releases do. It’s distinctive and delicious. Very recommended.

@hunggar,

Now they've fixed their machinery perhaps there will be more 10 year available in 10 years. And maybe as they ramp up production we'll have a repeat of some of their successful younger expressions like PEAT, and the laddie classic, which is one of my favourite expressions (I should try it head to head with the 10', except my open classic is here and my brother in law's 10 is in Calgary).

Bruichladdich is a distillery I like but somehow don't get to very often, only about 3-4 times a year.

It's a shame they can't keep up with demand. Bad for us, the best of problems for the distillery. I have 2 bottles. One will replace the laddie classic when I eventually finish it. The other for a rainy year.

Luscious barley! Every malt's barley should taste this good!

I've never found The Laddie Ten complex, though I guess that's because I am used to conceptually bunching the origins of flavours in my head. Lots of beautiful barley here, on a layer of peated water.

Thank you for your review, @hunggar. Thanks for your review, @hunggar.

@Davy

Soft and savory at first sniff, with notes of vanilla and apricot. This gives way to something sharper -- brine and spice -- calling to mind a nice teriyaki glaze. This whisky has a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel -- perhaps its best quality -- and the smooth brown sugar flavor gradually heats up to spicy nutmeg. The finish is long and warming.

All that said, I was a little disappointed. There's something odd and a little off in the nose for me, maybe it's the saltiness, which I'm more familiar with as an accompaniment to peat. Without the peat to brace it, I find that the brine clashes a bit with the fruit. Glad I tried it; but I probably won't be buying another bottle.

@Bradis

Bruichladdich The Laddie 10, the first ten year old to be wholly distilled and matured following the distillery's re-opening in 2001.

I have really enjoyed some of the releases in recent years by Bruichladdich, created from the remaining warehouse stocks and stocks that the new owners were fortunate to purchase back from many of the independent bottlers. However there is something so right about the new spirit that just seems cleaner, richer and and in a sense more distinctly Bruichladdich.

This is my go to level entry dram

Nose: Initial scent for me is a light sweetness that melds into a lemony citrus (every time i smell this i get images of lemon marshmallow slice that mum used to make for me as a kid). The nose then builds into a wave of strong salty brine with the lightest touch of peat.

Leaving it in the glass for about 5 minutes i find that the brine retreats from being so strong on the backend and is replaced with some richer sweeter notes, baked apples, honey and malt. (22)

Palate: The first flavour that hits me is citrus, lemon/lime mixed with a very subtle peat. This then transforms, flowing into a bit of a sweetness (think lemon sherbert) and then spice, oak wood, cloves. In amongst this you get a hint of the malt/barley that was noticed in the nose. (22)

Finish: For a ten year old this finish is fantastic, its long and flows on from the palate. The spices found in the palate stay on for a good length and mixed in with this the salty brine returns to coat the bottom of my cheeks. With this whisky what i really love is the mouth feel. It is so oily at first and then when you kind of chew on it you get this lovely buttery/creamy feel to it. (23)

Balance: This is a really well balanced whisky. The brine, barley and citrus all work really well together and nothing overpowers the other. (23)

Final Score 90

@tjb

The tin and bottle are loud and proud. They scream "look at me" with stylised teal coloured packaging and design.

I was a little unsure of this bottle but my misgivings were misplaced. This is delightful and its self confidence is not misplaced.

On the nose you get salty sea air, sweet honey and peaty vegetation.

By adding a tiny drop of water it opens up and releases cut hay and some light floral notes.

On the palate you can tell it is a youngish Whisky. There is a rawness which shows its 10 years young but not is a bad way. It has a brash confidence. It is creamy, buttery and oily with sea salt, honey, citrus and malt. The finish is sweet and malty.

Good value for money.

I haven't tried Chivas for eons, ever since I got hooked on single malts. I do have blends in my cabinet occasionally, such as Compass Box Great King Street Artists Blend currently. I also enjoy Buchanan's 18 YO Special Reserve and JW Swing.

This is a very different, but very good malt. Your score seems reasonable, as the quality of the whisky is quite good. I consider this, along with "Rocks", as occasional drams when I want something tasty, but I'm looking for a change from the Ardbegs, etc. More of a fun malt that doesn't require too much analysis.

L

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!

@Jonesz

Disclaimer: I am not an whisky expert nor do I play one on TV. I have recently tried Bruichladdich Peat and loved it. I was hoping that this expression would fill a niche in the "unpeated" category for me as the Laddie 10 is one of the more affordable drams in my neck of the woods. I am also a big fan of Jim McEwan, he makes me want to drink whisky. Nose: citrus (lemon) brine, vanilla and yes the fumes of "Baby puke" Taste: A bit hot, peppery and lemon. The dram mellowed with the addition of 2 tsp of water in a 2 oz. pour. A bit of time helped the mellowing process. Finish: Medium long but a very offputting aftertaste developed. I would say this is linked to the "baby puke" nose but not entirely the same. In short I was quite disappointed in this whisky as I had read so many positive reviews. I was hoping that a dram that was unchill filtered, no e150 added and 46% ABV might be my "go to" unpeated whisky, especially at this price point. I will revisit this bottle in a few weeks to see if time and a "bit of air" in the bottle helps. Was going to serve this to guests tomorrow evening but will find something else instead.

I have upped my original rating from a paltry 80 to a very nice 85. I might have had a bad bottle the first go around or my taste buds might have been skewed.My last two bottles have shown neither the baby puke mentioned in my earlier review nor the bitter finsh. I now consider this dram a bargain and a must have in my cabinet. The Laddie 10 is as stated non-chill filtered, no E150 added and 46% ABV. Sells for $53.50 in my neck of the woods although it appears to be dwindling on the shelves of the Manitoba Liquor Commission so it appears that either they or Bruichladdich are discontinuing what I thought was to be a core expression in their range. Jonesz

Lars I am thinking that maybe I am looking for something in this whisky that maybe isn't there. Esp after reading all the good reviews here and elsewhere. Currently I seem to favour peated expressions ie. Caol Ila,Laph QC, Bruichladdich Peat Etc. but still really like HP12 so who knows. My biggest concern with this dram was the after taste. Will let it rest for a month and try again. Jonesz

@SquidgyAsh

First off let me say that I've been very lazy with my whisky reviews and postings and I apologize for that that. Preparing for Scotland is consuming heaps of time and for that I'm sorry!

Recently I attended a tasting where the debut of a new Australian Single Malt occurred. Heaps of fun and an excellent whisky that was enjoyed by all wound up leading into a Bruichladdich tasting and then into a Buffalo Trace tasting.

I personally love Buffalo Trace, but my experience with Bruichladdich is more limited then I cared for, so I figured that this would be a good way for me to expand my horizons on that front.

We'd started the Bruichladdich's with the Classic and then the Islay Barley and now we were on the 10 year old Bruichladdich.

Now I've tried just about every single age statement, entry level Islay whisky out there, the exceptions being the Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain so I was excited to get a chance to try the Bruichladdich.

Again like the Islay Barley this is an unpeated whisky, however peat flavors and aromas are easily detected as the water that goes into making the whisky is itself peated.

So let's dig into the whisky shall we?!

Peat, but nothing overpowering, remember it's not a peated whisky, vanilla, toffee, citrus and LOTS of fruits, yummy fruits, peaches and lemons mainly. However there is a slight off burnt match/sulfur aroma on the nose that detracts just a little bit from all the delicious fruit and other aromas as it just doesn't feel like it belongs.

Time for a taste though!

Soft peat, vanilla, and fruit, lemons, apples, little peach and apricot. Delicious and thankfully the sulfur notes from the nose never appear.

A soft peat medium length lingering finish with just a hint of citrus ends the whisky.

Not a bad whisky, and again being an unpeated (remember no peated malt goes into this one) not what you'd expect out of an Islay whisky, but enjoyable and something that would be good to introduce to someone who was new to peated whiskies.

Nice thing is that it's price is pretty standard entry level for an Islay, around $85 a bottle which makes it very reasonable if you're interested in trying it. And it's definitely worth a try.

@Lars

Unpeated, Non-chill filtered, and no e150 added.

I had the opportunity to give this a taste during a tasting I had with friends last weekend. Of all the whiskies I tried this one left me wanting more. I know there are members out there that compare this whisky with Baby puke but I personally have not found this to be the case. To each there own.

Fortunately the owner of this bottle felt it was wise to leave it with me for a few days. I thought it would be in my best interest to post a review before I had to return it minus a few samples.

Nose: Barley, Hint of chocolate, lemon, whiff of salt?

Taste: Barley, sweet and sour fruit, Green grapes.

Finish: Medium length, Sweet Greek yogurt, touch of dark Chocolate, bitterness at the end that lingers....Orange peel.

I personally wish that it was a bit better balanced. I would be nice if it could be a touch sweeter on the finish. That being said I really like this one and the price tag is very affordable here in this province. this is one that will be added shortly to my cabinet.

Hey lars, enjoyed the review. I have a bottle of this on hand, not yet cracked tho. Will try it shortly. Have tried the "Rocks" OK but won't be replacing it and Bruich Peat, really enjoyed that and already replaced. Hoping that "The Laddie 10" fills a niche cause like you say the price here is right. Would you say it is sort of along the OP12 line rather than an Islay whisky? I see Ralfy recommends a bit of water and 10 minutes to open up.

It definitely needs some time to settle down, and straight out of a new bottle can be a little off putting. But it does come around with time and just a few drops of water and my half full bottle is now very nice and has benefitted from some oxidization.

R

"Only a lad," You really can't blame him, "Only a lad," Society made him "Only a lad," He's our responsibility, "Only a lad," He really couldn't help it, "Only a lad," He didn't want to do it, "Only a lad," He's underprivileged and abused, Perhaps a little bit confused. --Oingo Boingo

This scotch is over-rated. Yes, it's buttery, salty, and a little savory (in a good way), but it's "only a lad," meaning, a ten year old scotch still tastes like a ten year old scotch, and I'm not terribly impressed, considering the price, which is the same as a bottle of Glengoyn 17 Year in Oregon. The Laddie Ten is overhyped, over priced and over rated.

Here are my tasting notes: Nose: malt, blood orange, coconut, with a hint of banana, which was a nice surprise.

Palate: more "edgy" without water, with half a table spoon in two ounces, the flavors open up a bit more: some ginger, honey, vanilla, ocean breeze (salt/brine).

Finish: Not terribly long but pleasant with more of the palette exhibited.

For $50, this one is worth buying. Anything much over that, nah. I don't think so. Get something better, like Glengoyne 17. Or save yourself twenty bucks and pick up a bottle of Glenfarclas 12. That one is underrated, rather than overrated. Old Pulteney 12 is always a good snag, and it only costs $42 in Oregon. It's pretty much in the same category, even though the Goyne is a sweeter scotch due to the sherry casking.

So . . . I must report that the Laddie Ten is "Only A Lad," as Danny Elfman once sung. By the way, I saw Oingo Boingo sing that song in 1992 (twenty one years ago) in New York City on the "Dead Man's Party" tour. It was one of the best nights of my life. My girlfriend led me into a storage closet and made my whole year. The excitement was the fact that she'd thought of it. That made all the difference.

Oh, and she'd paid for the concert tickets, my birthday present. She was an awesome girlfriend. Too bad she wasn't nearly as cool of a fiance. Ya win some, and ya lose some.

The Laddie Ten is not a "loser," per se, just overprice and overrated. I will enjoy the bottle, and I don't regret trying new things. I might even buy another bottle if it cost $45 and not $65.

Whisky is getting really overpriced these days, and overhyped. I'm noticing the problem, believe me.

Bruichladdich would do well to make fewer gimmicky types of whisky and just focus on price and quality control with fewer offerings. Along with the bottle of Laddie Ten came a fancy insert that had all sorts of other bottles advertised with all sorts of info about them. I would have enjoyed reading about the bottle that I purchased instead. The insert didn't say squat about the Laddie Ten. I felt cheated somehow.

So much for advertising. How about sticking with classy "craft presentations" instead, guys? I don't care about the bright baby blue bottle or the hype about it. I care about the whisky inside. And it's nothing to write home about, but it's certainly a nice easy drinking bottle of scotch. No, it's not terribly challenging, but that's okay.

Sometimes I'm in the mood for a nice buttery, easy dram that won't bite back. I'm looking forward to getting to know this bottle better. So far, I've drunk four drams out of the bottle. They seem to be getting better rather than worse. That's certainly a very good sign.

When I said that the OP12 is in the "same category," I meant as the Laddie Ten, not the Glengoyne, which is a sherry cask and hence not in the same category. I find the OP12 to be better than the Laddie Ten. It's more nuanced and interesting.

Still, I'm looking forward to getting farther down into the bottle of Laddie Ten. If It were the same price as the OP12, I would not be so hard on it. But half again more money? Wrong. Nah. Uh uh. My next bottle will probably be the OP12. It's been a few years. I've got plenty of fancy expensive bottles in my safe. I think I'll leave them there and pick up an OP12 for old times sake. Just talking about it is making me nostalgic. And the OP17 is only seven bucks more in Oregon than the Laddie Ten.

Actually, knowing me, I'll pick up the OP17 and not the 12. OP17 is reeeeeeeeeeally good. And nicely complex. Yes, yes, yes. OP17 will be my next purchase. I won't be buying another Gimmickladdich for a while. And that goes double for Ardbegeroo gimmicks like Galileo, "space scotch," and other stupid hyped-up promos like that. Nothing beats a good scotch at a fair price . . . except perhaps a great scotch at a great price!

Old Pulteney is keeping the industry honest. That said, I've heard OP's prices are going up. "Say it ain't so, Joe."

I just upped my rating to 89. The Laddie Ten is getting good. Really good. I sold it short. Alas, I can't change my review now. It's set in stone. Oh well. I should have known it would get better. So many people on this site with good taste liked it so much. I can admit when I'm wrong. The Laddie Ten is now officially the best tasting Ten that I've tasted in a long long while.

@Rantavahti

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.

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/…

@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.

@rwbenjey

Very, very impressed. This rivals many of the bottlings from the West Highland region in my opinion (Clynelish in particular). The maritime flavor profile is not lost at all and without the peat, you get to enjoy a little more of the fruity and floral notes in this beautiful whisky. Highly recommended!

PS - Popping the cork for the first time unveils a somewhat strange nose. Give it the time it deserves : )

Laddie Ten vs. Clynelish. Which is better? (Say, if one had only enough money to buy one of these similar tasting bottles.)

I've tasted the Clynelish. I thought it was okay, but it didn't blow me away. For the low price, it's quite a bargain, however.

In Oregon, USA,

Laddie Ten sells for: $65 Clynelish sells for : $47

That means Clynelish is about one third cheaper. I read reviews of how great the Laddie is for its price. Well, here in Oregon, it is priced higher than any other ten year. Talisker, for example, sells for $57 here.

One thing that I like about Clynelish is that it vats quite well with other whiskies. So does Talisker and so does Caol Ila.

By the way, Ardmore peated does NOT blend well with other whiskies. The unpeated Ardmore does, however, as we all know.

In my opinion, I would say they are about on par. I need to give the Laddie a little more time, but there were a few flavors and smells with the Clynelish that brought back some rather old and fond memories (bonus points). If I had to choose, given the prices you mentioned, I would go with the Clynelish. But if you haven't tried the Laddie, the extra cost for something new can be justified : )

PS - Don't be afraid to visit any and all liquor shops in your area. Prices can fluctuate by quite a bit sometimes.

@Megawatt

I've not encountered many whiskies like this Bruichladdich, if any. On those nose it is quite sweet and very salty. Right away the salty/maritime notes grab your attention. Creamy vanilla, hints of lemon, all drenched in ocean brine. Underneath there is somethig slightly sweaty and sour, not enough to spoil it but enough to make you go, "Hmmm."

In the mouth it hits you with a massive surge of malty sweetness, very big and bold with an oily, full texture. Then the salt kicks in, and with it is a flavour I would swear is peat, though the bottle says it is unpeated. However there is no mistaking that this is an Islay whisky. It may not have the smoke and iodine but something about it's character gives it away.

The finish is long with a salty, peaty tang. Overall this is a sensational whisky that stands apart from pretty well everything else I've tried. Old Pulteny is the only other malt I can think of that combines sweet and salty like this, but this is much bigger on the tongue. So much better than the lacklustre Resurrection bottling I had a while back.

Tried the 12 year the other day at Highland Stillhouse. The 10 Year New Release is proving hard to find! At any rate, I was not impressed with the 12 year. It has a hint of diesel fumes that just put me off. My girl like it though. The nose featured Anjou pears and there were some very very good flavors in the dram, but no peat in that one. And the diesel fumes, good lord. Horrible. The feeling it left me with was top notch though. A "clean burn" as I would say, in body and mind. Not a total loss and the price for the glass was not bad, around $9.

I think what happens is that any distillery that makes both peated and unpeated whisky ends up getting some phenols in their unpeated whisky. I've heard that the phenols get everywhere and en up being part of the "environment" of the distillery.

I enjoyed your review, by the way. I had a taste of this and really liked it... Need to get a bottle!

@Victor

The Laddie Ten is called "unpeated" because no peat smoke is used to dry the barley. There is substantial peat present in the water used to make the whisky. The reviewed bottle has been open for 2 months and is 50% full. The body is medium and somewhat oily

This review will be in non-sequential format (SQVH). For further information on this format see my review of Royal Canadian Small Batch

Strength: strong flavours of barley-malt; moderate intensity of gentle peat is an underlying presence in the water used. Flavours from wood are not pronounced, but are subtle, and mostly in the background. Score 23/25

Quality: the flavours from the malted barley in The Laddie Ten are some of the most delicious which you will ever taste. They are grassy, like newly mown hay, citrusy, and have a nice hint of a floral touch. These malt flavours are bracing, refreshing, and thoroughly engaging. The peat in the water used is gentle and delicious. Wood flavours are not prominent, but those present are of very good quality. Score 24/25

Variety: there is not a lot of variety in the flavours here. There is flavour from the barley-malt, and a strong undercurrent of peat in the water. The wood plays a quiet supporting role. Score 20/25

Harmony: this is a simple harmony, but a delightful one. The barley sings a strong and clear song, while the peat accompanies as would a pianist accompany a singer. The accompaniment here provides more a counterpoint of different notes from the barley song, but together they make a very nice harmony. The wood is more like gentle strumming from a stringed bass Score 23/25

Closing comment: The Laddie Ten is one of those whiskies which I like even better than the 90 review score would indicate. Why? Because this is a rather simple whisky with respect to the variety of flavours presented, and it is only sometimes that I will seek out complexity and variety in my whisky experience. For the pure quality of the flavours presented, this is one of my very favourite whiskies

Nice review, Victor. First time I have seen SQVH format - I like it! Different from the usual Nose/Palate/Finish, and I think on the whole, conveys more [important] information.

Also, I think I need to get a bottle of the Laddie Ten. I only had a brief taste once.

@valuewhisky, I am glad that you enjoyed the review and the SQVH format.

As for The Laddie Ten, so far every one of the 7 or 8 people to whom we have introduced it has fallen in love with it immediately, as we both did.

@markjedi1

On February 2nd 2012 I tried the Laddie Ten for the first time at a tasting with distillery manager Duncan McGillivray. I even own a bottle signed by Jim McEwan (yey!). This release marks the beginning of a new era under the new (actually, since July 2012, old) management, in which the core range will now be a lot more limited. No more multiple ranges that you can hardly get your head around, done are the gazillion finishes that made many a collectors hair turn grey.

The creamy nose immediately goes down a path of lime, mandarin, pineapple and mostly banana. Add some light brown sugar to that. Quite a bit of honey as well. This is nicely balanced with a salty and lightly medicinal touch. We are on Islay, so that makes sense.

It is round in the mouth with immediately the salty character on top, followed by all the fruit of the nose and then some. Halfway through it gets a boost of caramel. Nicely seasonsed on ginger and cinnamon and something resembling cloves.

The finish again leans toward salt, with a bittersweet death.

If this is the new standard, then I very much look forward to the new releases, for this entry level Laddie is one helluva whisky.

@MaltySD

All I can say is..giggitty giggitty goo! What a dram! Unpeated my arse...just enough to say..'yea that's right..I'm here, what are you going to do about it'. But quickly fades away to a world of bliss...baking spices, vanilla, creamy buterscotch..oh my..salavating just thinking about it.

@WhiskyBee

I’m rather surprised to be one of the first to review this whisky, given the attention it’s received in the forums and blogs during the last year. It took a while to find its way here to northwest Indiana, and I’ve been drooling in anticipation like my dog waiting for the remnants of a bacon cheeseburger. I visited my local libationist this afternoon, having planned and budgeted for a twin-pack of Old Pulteney half-bottles (12 & 17 yo – great deal if you can find it!), but I was more than willing, delighted in fact, to change my plans once I saw this big blue beast on the shelf. It was even on sale, so I saved the extra ten bucks I would have spent on the Old Pulteneys.

I’m by nature a skeptic, and I’ve been misled in the past by reviews and popularity (see my review of Aberlour A’bunadh), so I will approach this with a healthy dose of “Hmm, we’ll see.” This will also be a first-time-tasting review, written as I go along here…

First, however, a quick side note about the packaging. What looked so wrong in the pix I’ve seen online, what with the teal overkill and self-aware austerity, looks downright bold and ballsy up close and in person. The container’s even all-metal, the kind you want to save for display or a poor man’s flower pot (assuming poor men buy sixty-dollar bottles of whisky). Very imposing. Even if you don’t like it, it’ll force you into liking it, damn it!

Soooo…here we go. Tearing the seal (a challenge ‘cause I just trimmed my nails yesterday), popping the cork, pouring a dram as carefully as if I were serving the Queen. Taking a moment to appreciate the un-colored, un-chill-filtered, 46% beauty of it all. Hard to be a skeptic about this sort of stuff, you understand.

First nose: Wow. A big outdoorsy blast that settles down quickly, then seems to change with each sniff. Citrus, pine, and sea air dominate at first, then I get a big touch of…peat?? I thought the Laddie was unpeated? Were the barrels previously used for peated whiskies, or is this just a by-product of the Islay air? Whatever, it works. It’s just unexpected.

After sitting for a few minutes, it’s soooo much more delicate. Peat tones (or what I imagined to be peat tones) diminish, replaced by a touch of sweet wood smoke trying to break through a whole lot of fresh sea air. Some vanilla. Is that, um, bacon? Light and subtle, but full of secrets. Worthy of further study. A fascinating first nose.

First taste: This may be the slowest, chewiest taste I’ve ever taken of any whisky. I suppose it’s a good sign that I hadn’t planned on doing that.

Arrival is a blend of fruits and candies. Very tasty, unique, even attention-getting, but surprisingly soft. More going on than I can grasp in one taste.

Development: Soft traces of vanilla cake lightly sprinkled with sea salt. Again, surprisingly soft. Very pleasant with ongoing subtle changes.

If I had to stop at this point, I’d say the Laddie is a very satisfying, if not overwhelming, whisky. If the layers aren’t obvious at first, the quality is. During its long time in my mouth, I thought this would a B+plus whisky: good stuff, but let’s see what the Laddie’s got when he’s a teenager.

But then, at long last, came the development. Nice…sharp, spicy, citrus-y. Say, it’s hanging on, isn’t it? Wow, getting hotter, spicier, smokier, more burnt sugar-y. Oh migawd, this is terrific. It just keeps intensifying as the flavors from the arrival and development make a return appearance. I don’t want this to end – and it’s not! There’s still a big sweet-and-bitter woodsy burn that lands soft as a pillow for an encore. And it all lingers around for minutes, slowly floating away on a cotton-candy cloud.

Did I say B+plus whisky? Ha! I now laugh at my youthful naiveté! This Laddie is wise beyond his years. One of the most satisfying first-taste experiences I’ve ever had. I took two sips neat, then three sips after adding water, and kept discovering more to enjoy each time. (Biggest change noticed since first impression: the change from sweet beginning to bitter finish becomes more pronounced as it develops.)

The only semi-negative comment I have is that the Laddie Ten’s youth is both a strength and a weakness. A strength because its mishmash of vague, youthful flavors makes for a surprisingly pleasant experience (as well as another testament to quality). But a weakness because you know those flavors are only going to grow stronger and more defined over time.

Here’s hoping that’s what happens. I didn’t touch upon the recent corporate goings-on at Bruichladdich, mainly because I’m not qualified to comment, and the news is still too new. I just hope there’s plenty of this batch to go around when the Laddie is old enough to vote.

Thanks for the review! Makes me want to try this really badly, being somewhat of a 'laddie fan. Bruichladdich changed distributors into Australia recently and still waiting for this to hit the shelves - I've been told by a very reliable source that this is happening right now and should be in selected retail outlets soon. Can't wait!

Also, AFAIK the standard line of Bruichladdichs are still lightly peated (more than Bunnahabhain though) so your tastebuds are probably spot on there - the moderate to very highly peated whiskies are now reserved for the Port Charlotte and Octomore labels as is their product strategy going forward. No more "schizophrenic" bottlings and ACE'ings of their old stock - they only did that to make enough money to tide them over until their new spirit matured (which we are seeing now in the Laddie Ten and previously in their younger Port Charlottes etc).

@Victor - How right you were! I haven't opened my (second) bottle since last summer and what I'm tasting now doesn't match any of my notes above. I don't think I gassed it, unfortunately.

All traces of peat are pretty much gone. Seems more oily than before, which is nice. Nose and palate are very weak; this is all about the finish now. Sweet, woody, and--I hate to say--maybe a little soapy.

I drank my first bottle and half of the Laddie fast enough not to notice the changes. One to decant or drink fast, apparently.

J

Was very excited about this, a whisky made wholly from spirit distilled after Bruichladdich stated operations again in 2001.

Nose: Vinilla, ginger, white tea, pine tree, slight lemon zest, salty sea breeze.

Palate: Light, caramel candies, sweet grains, ginger, vinilla sugars, orange and mellon oils, gentle saltiness.

Finish: Sweet and malty, ginger, slight citrus.

For it's price (it can be found very cheap) this is an excellent everyday malt.

I could not agree more , the price for the quality easily makes this fine malt an everyday drinker. I usually drink all my malts neat, but found that adding a dash of water to this brought out a whole new equally fine dimension to this fine dram.

@Stammos

The Laddie Ten can be seen as a landmark for the distillery and the Bruichladdich team. The first ten year old under the new owners.

Being new to the wonderfull world of whisky tasting, I was really drawn by the story behind this bottle. The way it is created (old fashioned) and the people behind it are the reasons I picked this bottle up. The price is also very friendly.

American Oak matured, unpeated and non-chill filtered. The Laddie Ten is rich and complex, I find the taste to be very refined. It has some spice, but it’s balanced with some fruits so that it’s never overwhelming. Adding some water really helps with opening up the flavours (some chocolate, baked bread, peppers, fruits). This whisky gets better when you spend more time with it. Although it’s from Islay, it doesn’t have the usual smokiness that is associated with Islay whiskies.

I am really liking this whisky. It comes in a striking turquoise tin can that really stands out between other whiskies. Really a recommendable whisky that people should try out. Overall a great flagship that represents the Bruichladdich distillery in a very good way. I'm really looking forward to more great stuff that's coming from Bruichladdich!

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