Bruichladdich is an Islay distillery that produces an unpeated and peated range of single malts. Bruichladdich is unpeated, Port Charlotte is lightly peated and Octomore is peated. They also experiment with barley varieties which I find interesting and have yet to fully explore. Given that barley is one of the main component of the whisky making process you would expect to experience noticeable differences between the types. The Bruichladdich range is a quite bewildering and I suggest you visit their website if you want to know more about it. This Classic Laddie is their entry bottle in their core range is meant to represent the Bruichladdich house style.
Whisky: Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 50%
Nose: Light lemon, buttercream, honey, floral, earth, vanilla
Taste: Malt, orange, grapefruit, nuts, spice, earth
Finish: Spiced citrus/orange, malt
Summary: This has a very nice malty flavour to it throughout and is an ideal summer sipper. I would recommend water with this to open it up as I found 50% to be quite strong for this flavour profile. There is a balance between sweet and sour and what I can only describe as an earthy note. I am quite certain that this is not peated so I am not sure how I am getting the earthy note. According to the official tasting notes there is meant to be a coastal flavour to this but I could not pick it up. This is an interesting single malt and one to take your time over and analyse as it is quite different to other typical flavour profiles.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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