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Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie

(70cl, 50.0%)
Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie
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(20 Reviews)
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Laddie Scottish Barley Bottling Note

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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User Reviews of the Bruichladdich Scottish Barley - The Classic Laddie


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

Not your typical Islay

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

Right in the Middle

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

Packaging Suspect

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

A nice surprise

Smooth, light with nice flavors. Would like to know the age.

20th June 2015

Most overpriced rubbish I've ever bought

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

Light an intriguing

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

How old is this whiskey?

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

Wonderful malt

This is simply the best single malt I've had the pleasure to taste

15th November 2014

Feminine Wiles

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

Sadly, Im going to have to give this a "Meh"

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

An Underrated Malt

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

nicely done.

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

Re: previous review.

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

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