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Bruichladdich Laddie Ten 10 Year Old / 2nd Edition

Good Lad

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@RianCReview by @RianC

20th May 2018

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Bruichladdich is fast becoming one of my favourite distilleries. I've liked everything I've tried and the quality is evident as soon as you open the bottle. They do things the 'right way', pride themselves on quality, offer a good range of styles and are one of the most transparent distilleries you'll find. OK, let's off set that by stating that their prices are a little higher than average and the packaging/marketing is a little over the top. But, and it's a big but, I feel they get away with it as they are one of very few distilleries where they hype actually matches what's in the bottle.

This bottle has been open a few weeks and just below the neck line; review is with about a quarter of tsp of water to a 30ml pour.

Nose - Quite white grape and winey at the start then the salt edges to the fore and sets up camp. This is very coastal with a big brine back bone. You'd be forgiven for thinking there was peat in here but I'm putting it down to some barrel char and a heavy saline tang. There's sourness in the form of barley sugars, more soft white and red fruit notes (think pineapple, nectarine and a variety of grapes). Some soft fudge and toffee appears with vanilla and ginger (raw and powdered), damp wood and a definite herbal note - mint perhaps or eucalyptus. Clean and fresh!

Taste - Sweet arrival (those fruits again) then goes more sour (citrusy - juice and a touch of bitter pith) with the herbal notes (mint) coming in. The development is all about the salty notes with a very mild bitterness - this doesn't seem like it's from the cask though so I'd bet the grain.

Finish - Medium length with a very soft wood influence. Some mildest of the mild tannins with a lingering salty, sweet (grape again) presence. Not the longest but crisp and well defined.

I'm getting a lot of wine influence here and it states it's from bourbon, sherry and French wine casks. Maybe that's influenced my perception but even if so it still has a distinct type of sweetness that is extremely grape like (quite unusual actually - for me anyways) This whisky has a bit of everything, except peat, but even so it comes across as one the most intense and flavourful whiskys I've had. It's certainly a contender for my most enjoyed non-peated Scotch!

I can't decide if the fact that this bottle is limited and therefore never to touch my lips again once drank is something to bemoan or celebrate - I'm leaning to the latter because should they keep this level of quality up I'm confident they could come up with something different but equally, if not more, enjoyable!

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@Hewie
Hewie commented

@RianC That sounds right tasty. I trust your taste in whisky and this sounds delicious - I'm very keen to try some more Bruichladdich. I am finding myself drawn to malts without a significant sherry influence and I love being able to see the make up of the bottle too.

3 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Hewie - Yeah this is a good one. I'd happily buy the Classic Laddie after this and I've always been a bit reticent due to it's relative youth.

3 months ago 0

Mackstine commented

Nice review. I'd like to think that Bruichladdich would have a decent future ahead so long as they stick to the principles which got them to where they are in the first place. I've been a long fan of Bruichladdich, and I think Jim made sure the team in place was well trained before he left. Some of the latest releases from them have been excellent.

3 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Mackstine - Yeah I'd agree. I know they were took over recently but they seem to be sticking to their guns in terms of quality etc. Reckon they'd shoot themselves in the foot if they went 'commercial' but who knows - Macallan seem to be doing OK?!

3 months ago 0

Mackstine commented

@RianC Haha where Bruichladdich’s concerned, hopefully better than ok. I was referring to the fact that Bruichladdich’s head distiller had retired, and we were starting to see the stock from the team he was mentoring. The latest black art was one of the most enjoyable to date imo, and the octomore 8.3 is pretty killer too. Yes, they probably still have Jim’s fingerprints on them to an extent, but based on the way they marketed (for example, see the Port Charlotte PC10 packaging where they named it “Passing of the torch” in Gaelic”), it does paint a bit of the picture that the new production team can stand on their own 2 feet.

Macallan? Well, they’re learning their lessons the hard way. I personally hope their colour scheming fiasco hurt them enough that the lesson sticks. It’s still decent, whisky, they just really seem to want to bend their customers over and have their way as much as possible

3 months ago 3Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Mackstine - No, I got that relaxed I posted a link on here somewhere recently from a tasting at Bruichladdich for Feis Iles. It was led by Adam Hanett and he made a few references to JM and the passing of the torch. Reading between the lines I think it's fair to say JM was happy leaving things as they were/are. My fear is that new owners may start realising they can reduce the abv, speed up the stills etc and make more £££ the 'easy way' once the brand is more established. Still, all good so far.

3 months ago 0

Mackstine commented

@RianC Ah I misunderstood. Thought you were referencing the Remy takeover from a few years back... that indeed had me quite worried especially because the first thing they did was have them drop the age statements from the laddie and port charlotte lines. Thankfully they're going back to the transparency route. That Feis Ile tasting must have been amazing. it's on my bucket list to get out there for a Feis Ile one of these days

3 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Mackstine - Yeah it looked immense and a real who's who of the whisky scene were present. About half of the drams were AH concoctions that may never see the inside of a labelled bottle . . .

Would love to go myself but probably not happening any time soon. If I can persuade the clan to have a holiday in Scotland I'll certainly be looking to do a few distilleries.

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