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Bruichladdich Laddie 8

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@Pete1969Review by @Pete1969

25th Jul 2016

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Pale yellow straw like colour, thick and oily coats the glass with thin legs some droplets taking an age to fall.

The initial nose is quite a belt of acidic notes which settle after 10 minutes giving way to tart Apple, lemon and sour cream, there is a wine influence but the malt starts to show through.

With a little water the nose still acidic wine notes but the rest of the aromas seem to meld into an overly tart lemon cheesecake.

Left to stand 15 minutes before first sip, initially bright light and sweet on tip of tongue as the oiliness coats the tongue there is a lovely sweet sour crossover as the acidic note comes through, which turns peppery on the side and back of the tongue.

With a couple of drops of water the flavour profile is much the the same but the malt comes through a little.

The finish is drying and long with peppery aftertaste.

Overall I get the feeling this would be an excellent whisky to give a wine buff as an introduction to single malt. I have only tried the Classic Laddie in bars and found it was a little rough on the edges with the alcohol showing on the finish, the 8 smooths out any edges and provides a more rounded expression even though the latest news on the Classic show that it is mainly a 7 year old I will probably pick up this next time I pass through an airport, in my opinion well worth the extra £5.

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3 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

Perhaps Lagavulin has started a trend with their 8 year old and the NAS nonsense will go away. I'm not holding my breath, but it's a start. The Laddie 8 sounds like a good one, I'll keep an eye out for it. Thanks for the very thorough review.

6 months ago 0

@Pete1969
Pete1969 commented

Left this for just over a month with only the very small tasting dram from the bottle.

All that needs to be said is buy this when passing through duty free, the only caveat being if you can afford the Port Charlotte CC01 get that instead.

I know the travel retail market is prone to the odd fubar but these are two winners.

4 months ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

Bruichladdich seem to be an exception. They put decent stuff in travel retail while most folks put garbage there.

4 months ago 0

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