Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Review: Bruichladdich The Laddie 10

Bruichladdich The Laddie 10
Price: $50-$60
Strength: 46 %

Laddie 10 makes an impression.  I first tried it at Whisky Weekend 2012 and it was one of the few bottles I purchased that day.  The unpeated whisky (non chill-filtered of course) is no-frills Bruichladdich aged in Bourbon casks, revealing the distillery's core character.  That character is thick, greasy pan-fried pig meats overlaying some light citrus notes.  I love that big meatiness in Bruichladdich's peated expressions (most notably the Port Charlotte series) but it is also interesting and enjoyable here without the peat.  Behind the bacon and ham are the lighter citrus aspects to Laddie 10: lemongrass on the nose, kiwi and orange zest on the palate.

Laddie 10 is a bit malty, and I also find a slightly off-putting yeastiness to it, particularly on the finish.  However, this might be a quality you would enjoy, in which case replace "off-putting yeastiness" with "yummy gingerbread".

A dynamic, flavorful, and interesting whisky.  This was a bottle I loved to crack and explore, even though it does not particularly play to my tastes and probably won't get a return purchase.  87 points (B+).

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