Laddie Scottish Barley
Created by Jim McEwan from whisky matured in American oak casks alongside Lochindaal, and chosen to represent the classic, unpeated distillery style. Bruichladdich's new signature bottling is made with 100% Scottish barley.
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I have come to appreciate older single malt whiskeys. After purchasing a bottle of The Classic Laddie AND THEN researching the age (maturity), I was curious as to how much body and character The Classic Laddie would possess. Wow! From the aroma of the barley and the gentle flavors that emerge with each sip this one is a real treasure. I am an instant fan!
6th December 2014
This is simply the best single malt I've had the pleasure to taste
15th November 2014
First of all, whisky chicks tend to dig this one. Guys, not as much overall. I find it to be quite enjoyable but overly simple. Why? Probably the age. It's too young for the price. But still, it is quite nice. I like the 50% ABV. I'm one notch above "meh" as I drink the Scottish Barley. Tasted it last summer at a whisky event in Portland Oregon. We don't have this here yet, however, that I know of. A friend of mine brought a bottle back from Scotland. It tastes better at room temperature for sure, as do most whiskies. I have not added water yet. It needs a few drops. Thanks again for 50%. I do love adding water to taste. It's an artform that I love. Tiny tiny spoon with a few drops at a time to arrive at perfection. Last comment: NAS trend sucks. I'm 48 years old. You will never train this middle aged dog to pay more money for less information. I want to know how many years are in the bottles I buy. Hey, I've spent a lot of dough on young whiskies from time to time, and I don't mind at all. The Octomores are terrific! But keep the age statement on the bottles, please. NAS is for the birds.
13th November 2014
First the positive. I have never seen a whisky with such legs. It's quit amazing how thick it is and how it clings to the glass, a credit to unchill filted whisky and 50%.
But, I have also never had a whisky with such a soft nose. It's like sniffing water, at first. Add a little water and let it sit and you will start to pick things up, Lemons, Straw, musty wood. But only with water.
Be sure not to ad too much water. Despite the 50% this whisky is easily washed out. It is a soft whisky.
The other problem is the lack of an age statement. I don't mind if a whisky is young, if its good quality. Just say it on the bottle. Sadly Bruichladdich, a distillery I love, seems to be flirting with the smoke and mirrors of NAS and fancy bottles. They have discontinued the 10 and put this out to replace it at the same price (where I am) but fudged on the age and hoped that Jim McEwan's beguiling words would win us over. But it's not in the bottle. Just put a year on it guys, come on.