Bruichladdich

Tasting Notes: Bruichladdich – Rocks

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Bruichladdich Rocks

Since their takeover and refresh in 2001, Bruichladdich have been absolutely on point with their marketing and offerings. Very fashionable. Very cool. This whisky has been targeted at challenging the traditonal whisky snob and, as the name suggests, it is recommended to be served on ice, i.e. on the rocks. When released this was a cheap and cheerful unpeated Bruichladdich with no-age-statement and very much aimed at the younger market as an alternate entry level dram.

ABV: 46%

 

Nose

M: Medicinal notes with that charactieristic Laddie scent. Barley and ocean spray (believe me).

Palate

M: Harsh at first with a youthful punch which hides a salted caramel taste.

Finish

M: Quite harsh again but sweet caramel notes and coated throat. Adding the requisite rocks does open this up to be a very sweet and simple dram. Easy sipping. A bit more of a summery whisky.

Verdict

M: I’m a big fan of Bruichladdich and have had this one knocking around for a long time since I heard that it is no longer made. It was a nice variation on their classic taste. It was definitely a youthful Laddie with a very sweet delivery and a distinct salted caramel taste. Obviously the harshness smooths out when served on the rocks, as it’s name requests, but it still retains that Laddie taste. Was it just an experiment to cash on some marketing? Maybe. Was it gimmicky? Probably. Was it worth it? You bet.

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Tasting Notes: Bruichladdich – The Laddie Ten

Bruichladdich - The Laddie Ten

Bruichladdich – The Laddie Ten

I (MH) recently had the pleasure of being featured on the Amateur Drammer’s Desert Island Drams, and you can peruse my musings here. For our own site, then I thought I’d best post a full review of my dram of choice!

Of all the whiskies available in the world right now, there are few that are as well branded and marketed as Bruichladdich. Whilst they are visibly contemporary they also manage to respectfully maintain the class and history behind their distillery, which is a very difficult balancing act, and this is clearly something that they are proud of. According to the blurb on the bottle, the new Bruichladdich 10 year old unpeated Islay single malt scotch whisky symbolises the hard effort that has gone into the rebranding and restoration of Bruichladdich, led by master distiller Jim McEwan. Having had just one taste of the Laddie Ten you’ll realise that whatever those efforts have been, the rewards are simply astounding.

ABV: 46%

 

Nose

Sweet with hints of the sea – exactly like the air at the Laddie Pier at Loch Indaal

Taste

It is a light drop but is packed with loads of flavour. Vanilla. Oak. Slight fruit.

Finish

Delicate, quick and more-ish! Vanilla sweetness throughout.

Verdict

Quite simply, it is excellence in a glass. It stands up to the hype and the big branding behind it to deliver something that is timeless and should be a definite standard on anyone’s shelf.

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