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

15 yrs; 85% American Oak, 15% Ex-Sherry
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Bruichladdich (Bruichladdich, Scotland)

This was a limited release some years back, the second release of a Laddie Fifteen - aged for an extra 5 years from the standard Laddie 10 and bringing in some of that extra Islay aging - it was from 85% american oak and 15% ex-sherry Spanish Oak.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: 1st Edition (2006)

  • Bottling Code: 1ED/0006 24 Apr 03 13:50

  • Bottling Date: 2006

The nose is full of vanilla and oak, and fascinating complexity bringing it all together. Bruichladdich certainly does pretty well with age. Peach, dried tropical fruits, caramel, vanilla and some palm sugar as well. It is nicely creamy. The marine character is there – some minerality and ever so light seaweed. The palate is peppery – oak, papaya, dried chanterelles, and a light tanginess reminding me a bit of dried mangoes. A nice finish full of spices and oak. This is nice, but it is so hard to compete with the nose and complexity of the old Laddie 10, sadly, discontinued (though there are still limited editions being released, albeit different bottlings with more of a limited edition focus). 

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

Value: N/A