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Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Scottish Barley

Just The Barley, Ma'am

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@VictorReview by @Victor

9th Mar 2015


Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Scottish Barley
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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Bruichladdich Scottish Barley has no age statement, was matured exclusively in bourbon barrels, and is unpeated. Bottle code: 12 02 14. The reviewed bottle was opened 3 days ago

Nose: Barley. What else? This barley manifests as 'grain' more so than as 'grass'. The whisky shows mostly apple and pear flavours. The wood influence is almost unnoticeable. Quality of the barley manifest? Neither the best nor the worst

Taste: the barley manifests in the mouth as mostly medium and bass pitches. Barley grain, apple and pear remain the dominant themes. At 50% abv, the intensity of the flavours is most righteous. I would have enjoyed some higher pitches included as well, for balance. Unlike The Laddie Ten, there is in Bruichladdich Scottish Barley no taste of peat evident from the water used for making the whisky. This is truly unpeated whisky

Finish: stays very strong for a long time. There is a flavour of burnt brown sugar mingled with the barley at the end

Balance: if you like the taste of barley, in and of itself, then you will like Bruichladdich Scottish Barley. If you don't like the taste of barley, or don't find it enough to carry a whisky, then you will not think much of Bruichladdich Scottish Barley. As barley goes, this is pretty good barley, but not the best. I've liked the barley better on what I've had of The Laddie Ten than I do here. If I had my "druthers", I'd have a few more high pitches from the barley to balance Bruichladdich Scottish Barley out than I have in this bottle of it. Maybe in another batch

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Pierre_W commented

Another comprehensive and insightful review, @Victor. I have viewed Bruichladdich's revised core range with some suspicion as to whether it will be able to hold its own against the Laddies Ten/Sixteen/Twenty-two. I cannot say that your review has helped much to alleviate my concerns.

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