Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley (50%, OB, 2014)
- 50% ABV, £40 for 70cl
- Score: 80/100
What they say:
This single malt Scotch whisky has been crafted by master distiller Jim McEwan from individually selected casks to showcase the classic, floral and elegant Bruichladdich house style. Unpeated, it is our signature bottling and the definitive Bruichladdich.
Made from 100% Scottish barley, trickle distilled, then matured for its entire life by the shores of Lochindaal in premium American oak, it is a testament to the quality our ingredients.
This is authenticity. We believe barley matters.
Smooth as pebbles in a pool. It’s clean, fresh and lively with both the oak and the grain in perfect harmony.
Sunlight on fields of early summer barley
The bouquet is brilliant. Opening with barley sugar and a hint of mint before leading into the most wonderful notes of freshly cut wild flowers; buttercup, daisy, meadowsweet, myrtle, primrose and cherry blossom. The cleanliness of the spirit is remarkable. As the seconds tick by, more aromas rise from the glass, little zephyrs of spindrift and sea pinks reminding you that this spirit is matured exclusively by the sea. After some four or five minutes and with the addition of a little water, caramelisd fruits drift onto the scene; lemon drops and honey, tangerine and tablet.
The palate entry is so refined and refreshing, the sweet oak and the barley arriving together sending the taste buds into raptures. The fruits from distillation drift in on an Atlantic breeze and pop on the tongue like champagne bubbles. A combination of ripe green fruit, brown sugar and sweet malt bring closure. A taste back in time, a realisation that not all single malts are equal and to achieve the absolute optimum, you must use barley that is made in Scotland. Make this one the benchmark for all others you meet on your journey through the stills of Scotland.
Unforgettable! Its best enjoyed in good company, you just don’t want the evening to end. It brings warmth to the heart and soul. The clock slows down and the cares of tomorrow disappear into the dawn.
Conviviality! Relaxed, enjoying the spirit in the glass and the laughter from tales often told but never tired of hearing.
What I say:
Sampled at the tasting room at Bruichladdich Distillery, the Laddie Classic appears to be the new replacement for the old Laddie 10. This one has no age statement (NAS) but adheres to the Bruichladdich principle that Terroir matters.
Full refractive golden amber with light/medium tears
Gentle earthy peat, heather honey sweetness leads to golden syrup and cereal barley malt
Soft and subtle gently sweet heather honey, earthy, porridge oats, golden syrup flapjacks, tinges of ginger and cinnamon, orange essence or oil which is zesty but not acidic
Medium, gently fruity and sweet based with and earthiness from the peat influence
A smooth, subtle and gentle dram with earthy barley and honey notes, this is a serious easy-drinker in the inimitable Laddie style.