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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.
Nose: Elegantly sweet with honey'd barley, boiled sweets and orange petals. Wafts of sea air.
Palate: Red apples and white grapes, with touches of sweet cinnamon and brown sugar. Still softly coastal.
Finish: Mineral-rich malt, with toffee and more honey.
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This was stated on the label to be "The Classic Bruichladdich". Now, I remember the Classic Bruichladdich from the 1970s and 1980s, and it was a silky, elegant, lightly peated, but still assertive Islay malt - unlike the heavy-duty creosote of most of the Islay offerings. It was up there with Scapa and Highland Park in complexity of flavour. This stuff is so rough on the palate that you have to add water and, once you do that, so uninteresting, that for once I can understand why the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission has delisted a malt. The lurid swimming-pool-aqua-blue bottle should have been a warning, but it was $20 off ($40 off would have been more like a fair price). There are now so many Bruichladdich varieties that you can no longer tell which one is the one that made the distillery's reputation. Get back to the real thing, guys.
28th November 2016
Open her up with a touch of water. It gets better.
22nd October 2016
Despite the beautiful and suspicious package, there's not much to say about this single malt. Nice aroma, apples, pears, cinnamon, a hint of salt. But the taste is uninspiring, and fades away quickly. Plus, it's expensive.
7th October 2016
This scotch tastes like being 8 years old at the end of summer, smashing stink bugs and playing with rubber superballs. It has a sweaty aftertaste and a kind of lemony vanilla aroma, like having played with ants for a few hours in the hot sun, then sucking on an old, stale box of lemon heads. Ants. That's it. I'm sure there are some ants in this scotch.
4th October 2016
Based on reviews I think this bottle may have a large batch to batch variation.The bottle I tried at a restaurant was brilliant. Screamed creme brulee at me and I felt the oak used was of particularly flavorful - it had an oakiness that felt more... textured than other woody whiskys I've tried. It's on my bottle buy list... I just hope I get one that's as good as what I've tried. It blew away the Dalmore 15 that disappointed night before.Regarding people saying it's youthful... I wonder if this is due to less experienced palates perceiving the 50% abv as youth or perhaps people not letting the whisky open up before drinking it. I prefer cask strength whiskys and found this quite interesting - something about it stood out from the usual toffeed fruit butterscotch, type profile. As a side note... I tasted this whisky with very low expectations. I hate the packaging too. But what I tried inside was brilliant. For reference, I'm a Springbank and Ardbeg fan... and prefer virgin, bourbon or medium sherry cask influences to the sherry cask monsters that have become fashionable of late. I do agree that they should slap an age onto it even if it just says 6yo. Let the flavor speak for itself like the Indian whiskys do. Cheers.
7th September 2016
Perhaps, the worst single malt that has flowed down this seasoned gullet. I truly believe that specialty niche marketing has gone too far with this brew. Please do not waste your money or time on this one. RL in Virginia, USA.
9th August 2016
What on earth are Bruichladdich playing at? Don't get me wrong, I'm a MASSIVE fan of distilleries (wherever they are) experimenting and Bruichladdich certainly aren't afraid of taking risks. This, however, in my opinion, was a huge mistake to release. Absolutely no complexity at all - it's obviously VERY young and it tastes it. Very pale colour and utterly one-dimensional in terms of flavour. They need to take a leaf out of Buffalo Trace's book when it comes to experimentation - they have done some incredible things and they release their "experiments" at sensible prices. This might be the most overpriced whisky I have ever had the misfortune of buying. Avoid at all costs.
17th July 2016
First of I dislike the price and the packaging! to me it doesn't sit well in the collection (not an important problem but a problem none the less)At first I disliked his whisky, I felt it was too young and aggressive a week or so later, it opened up some more. still not anything special but different. Strong aromas is sea air, sugar and fresh fruit. Strong taste of toffee, white and bitter chocolate. release this malt as a 10-12 year and it will open up enough to become a good staple.
2nd June 2016
Bad whisky-poor quality oak and too young- 50$-never again Bruchladdich-after it was sold to corporation look for this distillery to go belly up again shortly
18th April 2016
Now I am definitely a peat head and I keep a number of different peaty Islay whiskies on hand but thought I would try this for a change and I am quite impressed. Lots of fruit and honey with a thin wisp of sweet wood smoke and a slightly salty coastal tang present in the sweet/fruity finish, just delightful. Also its 100 proof, non chill filtered,no added color, really can't say anything bad about this other than that it's difficult to tell how much is left in the bottle. But the malt itself is superb a very different and delicious taste of Islay(I might even like this more than Bunnahabhain 12). The Sugarbear
23rd February 2016
They were obviously trying to do something very different and they certainly achieved that. I love this scotch. Great presentation, love the opaque bottle.
31st January 2016
This is a good, simple whisky. Fruit, toffee and butterscotch on the nose and the palate. Not fancy at all, and not complex. There is a place for the simple.I am glad to have sampled this whisky, and will savor the rest of the bottle. It's not at the top of the list of my favorites, but it's a quality, perhaps a wee bit overpriced, dram.
5th January 2016
The same rich caramel fruity spiciness as the edition_01. Of course it needs water.
15th December 2015
14th November 2015
Utterly undrinkable it should not be sold to anyone. Awful and disgusting. I can't believe anyone would buy this. I love it.
2nd September 2015
I agree that the packaging is a little suspect -- Wedgewood blue, not chance to see the colour -- plus all the wonderful authenticity marketing -- sounds like a Feragamo shoe -- it is just a shoe. However, I do enjoy it's softness and am glad the distillery is back in business. It is a very good introduction to the world of scotch (that is my weakness, Chicago, 1976... a whole world opening to me).I'd give it 3.5 -- distracting packaging --
29th August 2015
Smooth, light with nice flavors. Would like to know the age.
20th June 2015
The opaque bottle should have been a warning. This stuff is so young that it barely has any colouration at all. I'd imagine that's why they've hidden the liquid behind a "snazzy" bit of packaging. The nose is weak, smelling very much like a white dog, almost with that "corn" smell. The taste is no better - one-dimensional, weak and completely uninspiring. The best word I can use to describe this is "insipid". Absolutely underwhelming. It's on our backbar at work and it's a fitting testament that not one single customer has EVER had a second helping of this. It'll be going in the bin if it doesn't sell soon because I wouldn't even drink it for free!! Avoid.
20th May 2015
I really enjoy the light subtleties of this whiskey. It is soft and delicately sweet. Some hints of tropical fruit come through. I find it almost too light. I notice different flavors depending on what I have had in my mouth before. If my palate is extremely clean, I sense some smoke in here even though the malt is unpeated. I find it excellent and different.
26th December 2014
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.
4th November 2014
I tried this as an end to a lovely dinner. I was the first recipient of the restaurants first bottle and I hope they've still got some left. It's powerful in scent and alcohol but the taste is broad and well balanced with the most exquisite complexity. This whisky hits with an instant alcohol lip numb which fades into a pleasing tingle, the mouthfeel is smooth and coating. The flavour is strong with or without water, instant bright fruit more apple than citrus and then the barley warmth to settle it down, finishing with a hint of sea air and smoke. Water broadens the fruitiness of the dram and brings a slightly floral character which settles the brightness making it more palatable.A magnificent malt, well worth every penny
6th October 2014
I think this whisky is a true experience. the website may fluff things up a bit, but there is some truth there: it is a beautiful dram, from nose to finish. it is as forward out of the bottle as it is delicate after a drop of water and some time. the barley really shines throughout the tasting, cereal sweetness rides along the barrel's nutty vanilla flavors. I was pleasantly surprised, even with relatively high expectations!
3rd September 2014
Beautiful aromatics of apricot, honey, and fresh grain which carried over into the palate. Very reminiscent of a high end Midelton offering. After four glasses I must admit I almost felt high instead of a typical alcoholic experience, very interesting stuff indeed. Impossible to dislike this dram.
5th July 2014
It's an Islay because it's made on Islay, not because it's peated.
8th June 2014
It tasted like I was eating salted oatmeal, with crispy pieces of apple and citrusfruit. A little hint of smoke, but not enough in my opinion. The palate starts of oily but ends up dry because of the salt/zest. The finish is tick oak.Very drinkable whisky with enough to keep you interested, but wouldn't call it an Islay.
3rd June 2014