Time for my first dram review, and I thought long and hard about what to choose. In the end, I wanted a positive review from a great distillery at a good price, and so I chose Bruichladdich and their new entry level malt, “The Laddie Ten”.
Bruichladdich is one of my favourite distilleries, and Mrs Dramstats and I had a great tour there Feb 2012 (a separate post will appear about that at some point). I bought the Laddie Ten before our Islay trip. Inspired by the story of Bruichladdich and having willed them to make it to 10 years, I had to support them and get a bottle as soon as it came out. What I like about Bruichladdich is the way they employ lots of people on the island and the way they defy the industry by stating that no colouring has been added (more on this in future posts). They also make pretty good whisky.
As you can see from the picture, I’ve had quite a lot of this bottle, so I’m very familiar with it. Before giving my notes, it is worth a comment on the take over and a nod to their departed chairman, Mark Reynier. Bruichladdich were recently taken over by French company Remy and Mark has left the company. He did an amazing job resurrecting this distillery and fans like me are waiting and hoping that Remy continue in the traditions that he has started. I.e. as a major employer on Islay and as a distillery that continues to bottle at 46%, without chill filtration and without caramel, and continues to say so on the bottle!
Anyway, without further ado, here are the dramstats:
Bruichladdich: The Laddie Ten.
- Age: 10
- ABV 46%
- Price £31.67
Nose: Vanilla, raspberry jam, cherry bakewell, blackcurrent, bramble crumble and custard, ‘that Bruichladdich note’ of sea spray and balloons dipped in natural yogurt. Water develops the crumble and dark fruit notes.
Palate: Where is the fruit from the nose? Werthers original butterscotch, sweet barley and an alcohol burn. Water brings more barley and reduces the burn. The crumble note from the nose creeps in, but there is no fruit!
Finish: Drying oak and long for an entry level bottling. Water brings out vanilla and cream with a hint of the fruit from the nose before drying oak.
Verdict: For the entry to the range it is very complex, particularly on the nose. Lots of fruit and interesting notes to find. The palate seems not to match the nose, but this only adds to the intrigue. The finish is long for a 10 year old. At the price it is a great dram. Not an easy one, but well worthwhile. I would buy this again, and at this price, without hesitation!