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

American and French Oak
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Bruichladdich (Bruichladdich, Scotland)

Sadly, the Laddie 10 in its standard form is no longer with us (it still comes out as a special release, but it is a different whisky) - it was one of the gems of Scottish whisky, as many would attest - but supply and demand has come in the way - as with much of Scotch. This Laddie - now a part of their regular lineup -  is all things good bruichladdich: unpeated, non-chill-filtered, 100% Scottish Barley, and bottled at 50%. It is matured from a mix of american and french oak barrels, and a blend from a number of single malts of different ages.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L/160165 16/175 19 08 16 11:04

  • Bottling Date: 2016

    Quite floral on the nose, with crisp dried flowers and shrubs: dried heather, lavender, bog myrtle, and dried mint. Cucumber, ripe yellow apples, lemon zest, honey, tangerine, buttercream frosting – oh, and terrific barley. There is a definite bourbon influence. The nose is actually quite dry, and the oak feels like dry, freshly cut oak.  Not quite as dark in colour as the Laddie 10. The palate is full of earthy barley and dry oak, with vanilla, dried peach, cucumber, palm sugar, and finally drying out with some clove and rich barley on the finish. The character is very Scottish – I am reminded much of the smells of the Scottish hills in the highlands.

    It doesn’t have the fascinating complexity and balance of the Laddie 10 (RIP) and it has less of a marine character, but it is still very good. I’m glad to find this. I always liked the standard Laddie 10 (sad to see it gone). They’ve done some good work to keep this broad and complex, though it is younger. Those Laddies are still good...

    Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

    Value: Average at $70. But in terms of Scotch whisky alone, it’s perhaps at a “high” mark.