Review: The Laddie 10 Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

10 yrs
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Bruichladdich (Bruichladdich, Scotland)

This expression, which used to be a standard of the lineup, is now replaced with the the 8 Year Old or occassional limited releases of another 10 year old. Though I haven't formally tasted the 8 year old, my recollection from a brief tasting is that it is not the same in complexity or elegance as this is - but the loss is another to the advent of large scale NAS and the reduction in the age of whisky to temporarily meet demand. To their credit, though, they have kept the age on the bottle.

Bruichladdich produces unpeated single malt for its Bruichladdich line of whiskies (and peated for its Port Charlotte and Octomore lines) so it's not peated (at all), unlike many of the whiskies of Islay.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 3/15/201310:30:00 AM

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Towards the end of the standard Laddie 10...

Quite confectionary and even salty with a bit of a spicy edge on the nose. Good mouthfeel (gotta love un chill-filtered whiskies!)…brilliant barley in here, with some nice grainy earthiness and cereal character. Lots going on - light oak and tannin, vanilla, dried mango, lemon, very light honey, celery, seaweed, and light spices – old clove particularly. Complex, for sure. Interesting with the addition of water – it really comes out. More vegetal notes (some sautéed onion!), the sweetness comes through, and the body even seems to grow a bit and the tannins integrate a bit better. This one is sorely missed for good reason.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, at $70.