Expression: 10 year
Category: Single Malt Scotch
It’s always tough to say goodbye to old friends.
Especially old ones that have stuck with you through thick and thin.
Tis a shame to reach the end of a bottle purchased at the 2012 Whisky Live Show — The Laddie Ten
How could I ever forget her?
She was the first Bruichladdich whisky that I have tasted.
Although she’s often overshadowed by her older Islay kinfolk (Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lavagulin to name a few) the Laddie Ten is definitely a keeper.
Distilled by Master distiller Jim McEwan, this unpeated, non-chill filtered Islay gem puts forth a distinctive layer of oak with a salty-bacon-smokiness bubbling in the background.
It was the first 10-year-old whisky distilled at Bruichladdich after it returned from its hiatus in 2001 and one helluva way to usher in a new era at the legendary distillery.
The Laddie Ten is quite a mouthful of the Islay sea followed up by a mellow
creaminess with an oily, grainy finish, accompanied by this beautiful smokiness.
Such an excellent bottle that it made me go out and stake my claim to a Bruichladdich Sherry Classic which left me hungry for even more offerings from this distillery that is hitting full stride.
Fear not dear Laddie, another replacement is on the way along with some other gems from Bruichladdich.
Thankfully, it appears that the rumor of your discontinuation is just a myth — or else heads will roll!
Bruichladdich Laddie Ten Tasting Notes
Nose: Peppery sea air with notes of honey and lemon
Palate: Smoky Bacon, Seaweed, Chewy Toffee, with hints of vanilla and charred sugar to sweeten the pot
Finish: Fairly long and drifting with some spicy ginger and additional nuttiness