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Review: Bruichladdich The Organic 2009 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
50%
Aging
Ex-bourbon and Ex-tennessse barrels
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Bruichladdich (Bruichladdich, Scotland)

This was made from organic barley farmed at mid coull cross farms in daltross, from a 2008 harvest (crop rotation means this farm only produces it every 7 years!). It was matured for 8 years before its release.


Review (2018)

  • Batch: 2009

  • Bottling Code: : L/161658 17/333 2017 1115 15:55

  • Bottling Date: 2017

    Very creamy – with some nice corn notes....seems there is some first-fill bourbon in this one. Very raw, oddly, it is sharper and feels more raw than the 2009 islay barley release which is 2 years younger. Fresh, sharp pear and banana, green grass...doesn’t have the same raw earthiness and farmy nature of the Islay Barely 2009 (I am tasting them side by side) but still has a very nice nutty grain nature to it. The palate is big, still with quite the influence of bourbon, slightly salty, earhty, and nutty, and some dried fruit – the finish is very earthy, with light vanilla, oak, custard, and pear coming in at the end. Very nice! I like it with just a touch of water, to dilute down to 46-48%.

    I quite like it, although I do tend to like the less bourbon-cask driven Laddie’s – a bit less sweet, more earthy, and less dessert-like. I love the whisky, but do prefer Bruichladdich’s Islay Barley style more (if you don’t know what I mean, think of first-fill bourbon scotch whiskies like Balvenie single cask – speaking of which, if you like that, you’ll probably like this...). There is a slight bit of dissapointment that they aren’t done quite the same way so I can compare the barley more one-to-one, but I guess I’d need new make to do that...

    Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). Very nice stuff.

    Value: Low, at $110.


Review: Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
50%
Aging
6 yrs; American Oak
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Bruichladdich (Bruichladdich, Scotland)

This is a 6 year old product from the Craggan, Cruach, Island, and Mulindry farms on Islay - matured for 6 years and now released. The barley was publican and oxbridge, not the best yielding, but used for flavor.


Review (2018)

  • Batch: 2009

  • Bottling Code: L/160404 16/176 23 08 16 12:02

  • Bottling Date: 2016

    Earthy, farmy, and clean – nicely grain driven as are the best bruichladdich whiskies. Sharp marine and salt notes on the nose, lemon peel, vanilla, root beer...the palate continues in the same way, farmy, earthy, sharp, and salty with dried pineapple and clove. Magnificent stuff – complex, interesting, rich, full. Quite unique in the whisky world, in my view – this profile – earthy, barley driven, with fruity and an incredible marine essence to it. Finish is very biscuity, roasted malt type finish.

    Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

    Value: Average. But on the high end of average at $85.


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

ABV
50%
Aging
American and French Oak
Recipe
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.