Type: Single malt
Origin: Islay, Scotland
Bruichladdich have released a new trio of whiskies they call ‘The Three Tens’ – three ten year old malts, an unpeated Bruichladdich, a peated Port Charlotte and a heavily peated Octomore. In this post, I review the unpeated Bruichladdich 10 year old.
The Bruichladdich Laddie Ten (Limited Edition) is made from unpeated malt that has aged in first-fill Bourbon, sherry and French wine casks. The bottling which I am tasting was distilled on 26 July 2006 and drawn on 27 October 2016. It is bottled at 50% alcohol by volume.
Nose: I pour this whisky into my glass, and the room suddenly smells of citrus marmalade. Raising the glass to my nose, there is plenty of lemon rind, orange peel, honey, oats and cereals. It is creamy, with plenty of vanilla and some chocolate. As my nose adjusts, the bouquet becomes richer and heavier. There are dates, raisins, and walnuts. The glass, once emptied, smells of rock salt and oyster shells.
Taste: There is a mix of dates, raisin and citrus peel, with honey, cardamom, wood smoke and the signature Bruichladdich salinity. I keep getting Arabic coffee and Italian hot chocolate, with some potpourri and rose Turkish delight.
Finish: The finish is spicy and tannic, with lingering candied ginger, sugared orange segments and fading wood smoke from the toasted oak.
Overall: A seriously complex affair, this beauty fuses the Brucihladdich malt with some salty sea spray and flavours from three kinds of oak – ex-sherry, ex-French wine and ex-bourbon. This is one of my favourite Laddies, hands down.