The Laddie Ten was one of the favourite releases of many a whisky drinker in 2011. Not expensive, actually, very cheap. Very tasty. From a small endearing distillery and such. All those things helped it becoming a very popular malt whisky.
It was extra special because it was the first ten year old, so a ‘regular’ edition, from Bruichladdich that was distilled under current management.
Since I only tasted it once at my brother-in-law’s birthday, when we gave him the bottle I was keen on trying it again. A Twitter Tasting like this will certainly help out a lot!
A lot warmer again than the previous two. This has probably got to do with the sherry casks in the mix. Hearth fire, malted barley, a slightly bigger wood influence than in the two younger whiskies. Some not too strong tea with ginger. I, and many other tasters, kept commenting on the slight peatiness in it and I thought there might be some ex-Port Charlotte casks in there. Mind, it is only a very slight peatiness.
Some salt without it being briny. Sea weed, varnish, European and American oak and malted barley. This one is less spirit driven with quite some cask influence. Some lemon curd, very sweet. Maybe more like those chocolate covered orange wedges. The cheap ones with orange jelly instead of orange. Gentle, with some pepper, dried peaches, peach stones for bitterness and some heather, sweet honeyed tea and sharp woody flavours.
The sweetness builds up nicely until the bitter notes of tea, heather and wood take over.
The finish is bittersweet. Wood, fruit, pepper and other spices. Some heather and peat, and salt.
I think the above review makes it pretty clear that I really like this dram. Having said this, I remembered it as being better than it is, but I think that is kind of idealizing it, since I can’t imagine a € 35 whisky being this good, let alone better.
It’s very different to the Islay Barley and Organic versions of Bruichladdich and I think I prefer those two above the Laddie Ten, but that might be this period speaking. I’m really into bourbon cask matured whiskies with a more spirit driven character.
Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten, 46%, OB, € 36.52 at Master of Malt.