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Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Scottish Barley

A Friendly Dram

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

1st Jul 2018

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  • Taste
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  • Finish
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  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
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I've wanted to try this Bruichladdich for a long time but I've never brought myself to pull the trigger on it without trying it first. Luckily, a friend of mine (my wife's cousin's husband) opened a bottle this past Friday and I got to sample from it extensively. Also luckily, I made notes early in the evening, before getting too carried away. This whisky was sipped outside on a hot summer day and it feels like the appropriate setting for the Classic Laddie.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose (undiluted): Very floral (no lavender fields though, daisies? violets?), briny, a bit of lemon, and some earthy notes despite the fact that this is unpeated
  • Palate (undiluted): medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, not all that hot for a whisky bottled at 50% ABV, a bit darker in flavour than I expected, with brown sugar, nuttiness, malty with a bit of fruitiness at the tail end, white grapes perhaps.
  • Finish: medium length with the brine returning, a little mint note, it was (dare I say it?)"refreshing".

With water, there were more fruity notes coming through, mostly lemon and cherries on the nose and some green apples and a bit of honeydew melon on the palate. The nutty notes are there with and without water. I would call it walnut, but it didn't have the slightly bitter, drying feel that walnuts sometimes have. Walnuts without their skins, maybe? Forgive me if that sounds über-pretentious.

This feels like a summer whisky. Maybe it's the marketing schtick or the colour of the bottle, but it's definitely reminiscent of the seaside. It's certainly no surprise that this is a young whisky (most being 7-8 years old if you check the bottling code) but it's a young whisky that's well-balanced. Everything is nicely integrated. Having tried it, I will probably buy a bottle the next time this goes on sale (as it often does). It's not a game-changer, but it's a very friendly whisky.

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6 comments

@nooch
nooch commented

Nice review. I’ve considered this one a long time, especially because people were very into the laddie ten as a great bang for your buck dram when I just started getting into whisky. I do have a bottle of Port Charlotte 10yo that I have yet to open. It’s got more peat than what you describe, but perhaps it would fit better with a warm summer day than I would have guessed.

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Jonathan commented

Thank you for the review. I've enjoyed both the Scottish and Islay Barley. I got a whiff of peat as well. If i remember, correctly, the Islay scored a couple points higher quality-wise, but it was also 10$ more ((probably for the name "Islay" on the bottle :)

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

Nice review and not at all pretentious to try and nail down an elusive flavor you're picking up in your dram.

I've been sitting on a comparative review of two different batches of Classic Laddie for some time, as I can't seem to keep the text to a reasonable length.

I was surprised by how different they were yet they seemed to exhibit a fair amount of barley, fruits and slight coastal briny tang.

How cool is to be able to check the vatting recipe? It's very informative and can be surprising too. This is one of the rare whiskys that has a radical price drop at the lcbo/saq, it used to retail for 85$ has since dropped to 65$ I believe.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

Nice review, thanks - I've never had this but love the 2nd Ed 10 I'm working through. This is around £40 over here and you've convinced me it would be worth the plunge!

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Mackstine commented

Bruichladdich is one of the distilleries that I hold in really high regard due to the stellar quality of their "entry level" releases. I've been a fan of this one, their first 10 yr, their latest 10yr (the 2nd edition) and all the neat little ones in between like the "Farm" releases, and I'm a big fan of their results with Bere Barley. Liked your review. Keep drinking Laddie. Prices are still quite good as is the quality. Slainte

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