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Initially enjoyed this quite a bit, but after reading a review suggesting a 'vomit' or bile like whiff on the nose it has been all but ruined for me.
It's all I can smell when going for a sip which is a shame because before I had been tipped to look for that note I found it to be an abrasive nose, with an almost almond fruit pastry quality to it and enjoyed the taste and finish a great deal.
I have read that adding a splash of water and letting it sit does much to alleviate said condition and will try it immediately and return with my result. I did like it and would love to like it again but thus far I have been tainted.
2nd December 2014
Great stuff! Young, fresh, but mellow. Spicy with a kick, but gentle. I love it!
28th November 2014
A nice young pup that. Smokey flavour but unpeated and the smoke is gentler than a Talisker and not at all medicinal.
13th October 2014
The nose is herbal, smokey, and a bit of bile. I can see how some would equate it to baby vomit, but not in a bad way. IMHO it's easy to drink and enjoy.
3rd October 2014
First pure Islay malt purchased. Was hesitant but due to unpeated distilling I bought and tried it. Floral and brine but sweet and thoroughly enjoyable. No note of baby vomit that someone mentioned. Had it neat and with water. Both ways were very inspiring to continue with Bruichladdich product
18th September 2014
Very balanced, great whisky. Easily 90+/100
27th August 2014
Bought this a 2~3 years ago. Strong smell of vomit. Behind that there was a spicy, fruity, somewhat peaty, overall well balanced whiskey. So it was as if someone puked into a bottle of good scotch... Based on the other reviews, maybe I got a bad batch. Anyways, to me it was difficult to drink.
9th July 2014
First of all, it's definitely peated. The nose tells you that right away. There is some sweet and salty notes too on the nose. But the real star is the taste. The mouthfeel is intense! Much more than I expected. Tangy, briny, peaty. Very strange dram this is. Give it some time in the glass and it really opens up and allows more subtle vegetal notes to come through. I'm not the biggest Islay fan but this is up there with my favorites.
20th June 2014
I have just tried your whiskey. I find it hard to imagine anyone calling this "vomit", however; to each their own I say. I know some find it disagreeable but for me; l am not a fan of Islay smoke but with this one; I could easily aquire a liking for this one. I find it complex in flavors and a great after taste. Please keep up the good work!! P.S. looking forward to my next bottle!
9th May 2014
With a wee splash of water to release it's fragrant goodness, it still has 'legs' Very impressive for a 'first-off!
14th March 2014
Ignore the strange reviews above.... Not too smoky; not too sweet or fruity. This is lovely and balanced whisky that tastes better each time I pour a dram. Terrific finish that lasts a while but does not overwhelm my palate. Sadly, my first bottle is going by too fast.
8th February 2014
Truly a magnificent whisky in every step. Masterpiece by the artisans of Bruichladdich.
But tell me, why has it been removed from the range?!
4th February 2014
Wonderful vanilla and custard notes from the oak balanced with delicious malt followed by a slightly dry Islay finish. One of my favourite Islay malts and no peat in sight. Goes far beyond the reputation of the distillery.
29th January 2014
The Laddie Ten strikes THE balance for me when it comes to Scotch Whisky. It is fresh but not young. It gives that seaside thing without all the smoke. I LOVE the Laddie 10. I bet they don't get much better with age. Just my 2 cents worth.
There's no bigger a turn off than reading pompous dreck written by self-ordained sophisticates. These people, who have enough money to gobble up $3,000 bottles of 1976 Ardbeg and flaunt it over others, are like well-heeled skunks ruining the picnic for everyone else. It's the kind of thing that'll drive me to drink.
19th December 2013
I totally agree with the author of 'Secondary Education' above. Whiskies like most of the finer things in life ARE best appreciated by a more learned and sophisticated person. There are many so called reviewers on this and other sites who simply do not understand or can appreciate the many nuances of single malts. It is not their fault and no blame is attached to them and of course they are perfectly free to buy anything of their choosing. But really leave the reviews to the more knowledgeable and educated people.
17th December 2013
I've been a bourbon man for a while, but The Laddie Ten blew my socks off. Fantastic. The finish hangs on in a delightful way. I'm no fancy pants critic, but I've spent way more money on way less awesome booze than this.
12th December 2013
Not as over the top as lavavulin or Laphoraig, but a nice more delicate smoke. However, as this is supposed to be unpeated, I am still not sure where the smoky flavour comes from. It is a great scotch at a good price.
Who the hell do you think you are by telling people that sophistication can be achieve by buying an expensive bottle and consume it with all your "sophisticated" friends. When I read this kind of feedback (secondary education) I sense inadequacy the feeling of proving to people their self worth. Scotch is here for all of us to enjoy, show some respect and by the way anytime you want to compare assets you let me know. I think one of my watch is worth more than your car combine.
And you "vomit" stay away from single malt and stop whining and buy yourself a cheap chardonnay
1st December 2013
first I think you spent to much time praising yourself that you didn't realized that you became a FREAK. I like the title of your review, Secondary Education but I'd like to educate you on becoming a gentleman. don't be an arrogant freak and enjoying a bottle of scotch doesn't mean a $460,000 Macallan Lalique it's about relaxing and having an intelligent conversation.
Good whiskey all around kind of reminded me of Frog Morton's Cellar Pipe Tobacco !
17th November 2013
I'm always pleased to find a bottle of this in a restaurant, makes for a fantastic after dinner dram. Not to heavy after a huge meal but still holds enough character making you want another!
30th October 2013
clean smooth full, creamy vanilla,nuttiness, bourbon casks most definetley used in this, sweet vanilla dominates this dram but never overwhelms beautiful harmony of flavour and a beautiful thick oily texture
6th October 2013
Nice and complex. Great value for money, top quality
7th September 2013
In my humble opinion, and I would expect Mr McEwan's as well, whisky is about passion. When looking at these reviews I see people passionate about how they feel about this malt, one way or the other. Clearly more love it than hate it, but there seems to be very little middle ground. It also seems that the ones that hate it never really gave it a chance (if this tastes like your vomit, it must be wonderful to be you with a bad stomach virus), but that's really beside the point. They feel strongly either way. But if the cards are on the table, 46% ABV, no chill filtration, no colourant and highly regarded by expert and novice drammers alike... as a standard bottling, does it get any better than that on paper. At the very minimum it deserves a try.
5th September 2013
If this is what your vomit tastes like... id like to sample some of your vomit ;)
Must be a treat whenever you've catched a stomach-virus, im jealous!
Seriously though... euhh this is absolutely fabulous whisky, astonishingly good! A bargain!
19th August 2013
Not as unpleasant as others think but not a lot to it. Some might say light and subtle I just struggled find anything endearing. Certainly drinkable though. A good malt for someone t try as their first maybe
13th August 2013
Not sure how anyone gets baby vomit from this?
Perhaps it's the slightly vegetable / herbal notes that throw some people.
I find this highly enjoyable - live the contrast of the sweet start and dry finish and the somewhat basic (opposite of acidic) flavours that come through. A unique dram and a memorable one.
11th August 2013
Bright. Fresh. Youthful and full of vigour. maritime without the peat smoke of it's neighbours. How you find vomit in the wonderful, floral, aromatic -but warming - dram I will never understand.
30th July 2013
As some have mentioned, there is indeed a note of "baby-vomit" in the nose lying around the coastal notes and honey/fruity sweetness. If you consider this to be an "off-note" (which not everyone does btw, If the name bothers you, think "buttermilk" instead) a couple of teaspoons of water and about 10 minutes will remove it completely. Water and time generally improves this whisky anyway.
Although the lack of peat and the creamy mouthfeel make it seem like an easy-going and approachable whisky, take your time with it. Water and time will open a pandoras box of really interesting stuff like herbs and other notes that are not often found in whisky. Tight complexity is easily mistaken for monotony. Take your time and you will be rewarded!
Truly great stuff!
18th July 2013
I'm around half way through my first bottle and i'm still not sure what to make of it! It's not all bad there are some subtle sweet notes in there but the nose will take your nasal hairs clean off if you are not careful and there is something sour in the finish. Maybe i got a bad bottle and i would definitely try it again.
8th July 2013
Just get it doon ur neck.
2nd July 2013
Oh dear, vomit and sawdust. Not very nice.
28th June 2013
I get what the person that didn't like this is talking about. I can't say it's exactly vomit, but there is a very unpleasant note somewhere between the inside of a well-worn boot and bile that's hovering around the maritime breeze (a surprise to me, didn't expect that from unpeated) and the fresher, rooty smell. It's just every second or third whiff is like I accidentally picked up the bartender's rag - off-putting and impossible to ignore. It's not all bad though, I get a strong hint of a specific candy (Sisu drops, tarry and sweet but mentholishly fresh candy sold in Finland, probably a fun experience for any fan of strong smoke and peat), tinned pineapple and leather that's a little less sweaty than the one I described above. A fair dram for this price, nothing stellar but at least the nose has more detail than a 15yo Glenfiddich. The aftertaste is a little hollow, mouth feels of whisky rather than tastes of it.
24th June 2013
Very nice balance and sophisticated layers. Vomit??? Really???
17th June 2013
Amazing especially for the price! Complex, Smooth, and Delicious! Causes your senses to explode!
22nd May 2013
I'm fairly new to whisky but have bought and sampled over 30 malts and blends, mainly ones highly recommended by Jim Murray, and this is my clear favourite so far. Beautiful, deep and satisfying.
16th May 2013
Its bruichladdich back to its very best, good price too
29th April 2013
I bought 23 bottles today because it was on a special. I know that I do and always will love this wonderful dram. I wish I could understand those that consider this "vomit"? I suppose taste is all subjective??? Those that consider it "vomit"- more for me! By the way, I too, do not understand how this can be unpeated???
26th April 2013
How can anyone not like this? Methinks there is some jealousy or fan boys of another distillery giving unobjective opinions. Vomit? Maybe if you drank too much of it and you vomited it up it tastes like vomit. Wonderfully smooth, you would never guess 46%ABV.
13th April 2013
Lovely whisky. Very typical taste, just a very good experience. Defenitly worth trying. For me, a regular now in my home.
28th March 2013
Just love it. How it can be described as "unpeated" defies logic. Jim McEwan, you are a true legend!
20th March 2013
This is a very special whisky, for me this is one of the best (if not the best) whiskies in the massively competitive £30 price area, it is absolutely superb. Although it's only 10 years old it is the quality of its production which makes this punch well above it's weight.
You get an immediate sense of where this was matured with a hit of sea water/weed and a grainy, sort of digestive biscuit like body, along with citrus fruits, spices and oak. It's so fresh and crisp yet has a remarkable complexity.
30th January 2013
Plea's learn how to use apostrophe's its so very annoying when theyre put in place's where they shouldnt be and left out where they belong!
Aside: Great Whisky. Nonsense about smokiness. Full of character, very enjoyable mouthfeel and well judged oak. Fab!
28th January 2013
love it, fruity & fiery!
20th January 2013
I don't know how anyone is giving this anything more than a zero. The nose is straight vomit after a binge night of whiskey, and the taste is not far off. High alcohol notes with little to no smoothness in flavor, of course no peat by design, but the rest is unbalanced and just amateur. There is nothing sophisticated about this whiskey, and the nose is so incredibly reminiscent of vomit that it overshadows any positives I could mention.
19th January 2013
Just had a bottle of this over Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although from Islay, it does not possess the heavy TCP qualities of other Islay malts such as Laphroig - which incidentally I really like but only in small doses. The Laddie Ten is light and approachable and has a certain creaminess to it. It's similar to Bruichladdich Rocks which I also really enjoyed.
1st January 2013
Put the trifle you speak back in your mouth as this whisky stands at the top of the pack for its age and price point. the laddie ten could match many a whisky 10 years older and 10times the price and maybe that is another reason they called it the ten.
30th December 2012
18th December 2012
Needs to go back to grade school cause this is a wonderful array for the palate.
....I like it! It has a light smoke and is quite sweet.
15th December 2012
A superb wee dram that i feel is very well balanced and that all whisky lovers will enjoy.The first bottle I had of this impressed me and the second I have didn't fail to impress either. At this price you cant go wrong really.
It carries much of the islay smoke in it's flavor, but none of the fire of the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Falls surprisingly flat.
5th December 2012
As an experienced drammer myself. Many year, many whiskies I would like to suggest that such an arrogant stand-point on whisky shows you to be uneducated. If you want to develop an educated palate you need to try many different whiskies, not just the ones at the top of the pack (and price range!).
7th November 2012
I have always taken the view that offerings from the Bruichladdich school of distilling are rather like being educated at a comprehensive school - ok but much better out there. If you want to develop an educated palate such as we experienced drammers have then you need to move up the ladder to some of the 1970's Ardbegs and Bowmores.
1st November 2012
Complex and real Bruichladdich style. Seabreeze, flowery, lemon and some honey on the nose with nice sweetness, fruits and oak on the palate. A new favourite in the "lower" price segment and I really hope future entry level bottlings will have the same high quality! Soooo tasty....
20th February 2012
Cancel "its" , last sentence.. apolgies
12th February 2012
.. non chill filtered, not coloured, and at 46%. Not a bad start. Then it goes on to give a rather scottish welcome. Take me as I am. I am young and fresh and from Bruichladdich. I think it is the refuge of weary whisky drinkers. Fresh and bright , but not light, it takes a wee bit to get used to. I think they have got this just right. It is the taste of an islay whisky that is just that. There is no overlord banging the big smoke and peat drum here. It has it's salt and later gentle sweetness, balaced with early tastes that set the scene. I think it's magic.
For those who may have been disappointed with some of the more recent releases from Bruichladdich and yearn for the quality standard set by the old core range then your in for a treat. Thick and oily with that instantly recognisable Bruichalddich maritime tang, this is a fabulous whisky that has captured perfectly the wonderful characteristics of the previous 10 year old and somehow improved upon them. Beautifully balanced and dangerously easy to drink - it's a 'must buy' whisky.
5th November 2011