While Bruichladdich’s signature namesake whiskies are unpeated, they produce peat bombs like no other with malted barley sometimes coming in over 300 phenol parts per million (PPM). Colour: Highland toffee. Transparency Campaign “No Hidden Measures”, my discussion of the “No Hidden Measures” campaign, Cocktails: Part One. Its higher-than-baseline price feels different to me, now that I know what goes into the vatting, and because Bruichladdich does a lot of things the expensive, not-efficient way like the better craft distilleries. The Classic Laddie is a vatting of barrels of unpeated Bruichladdich distilled from 100% Scottish barley and aged in, well, all sorts of things. I like subtlety in scotch, and Bruichladdich has become very good at it. I have to say the presentation was exceptional with suede lined box, a beautiful information booklet and the design branding and imagery was stunning, as are the bottles themselves. But that’s to be expected with a distillery whose goal is flavor, not consistency. Bruichladdich is living proof that the traditional whisky regions of Scotland make no sense. Also a fan of the arts, sport, music and cats. Say hello to the final Scotch in our peated Bruichladdich run: Port Charlotte 10 Years. Bottle code: 12 02 14. My only complaint is that the vibrancy of young malt is attended by that acetone/paint thinner note, although it’s only present on the aroma. Sweet cream. Islay Whisky. Check out my discussion of the “No Hidden Measures” campaign (the sponsored one), so you can see exactly what went into my bottle, which is from batch 20/109. On subsequent tastes, the red wine elements are a little clearer – redder fruits and jammy port wine. Very tasty. I love drinking whisk(e)y but I'm no expert, my reviews are just honest opinions from an amateur! I like subtlety in scotch, and Bruichladdich has become very good at it. A tinge of youth brings both vibrancy and a swath of chemical aromas (not quite acetone). This helps us to run the website and buy more bottles to review for you. Honeycomb mixed with barley, lots of malt and sea salt. Sea breeze and coastal air. You can, and should, expect some variation between batches even if the overall theme is the same. Your email address will not be published. Those barley sugar sweets that you used to have when you were a kid are mixed in with the fruits. Bruichladdich Scottish Barley has no age statement, was matured exclusively in bourbon barrels, and is unpeated. Our fourth visit to Bruichladdich confirmed our opinion that this is the best whisky experience on Islay. By Kurt Maitland. Salt and brine. The Noob’s Top 10 Cocktails, The Balvenie (15 year) Single Barrel Cask #201, ScotchNoob Recommends: The Glencairn Glass, ScotchNoob Recommends: The World Atlas of Whisky, ScotchNoob Recommends: Whisky Advocate Magazine, Book Review: The World Atlas of Whisky by Dave Broom, Tullibardine (Alexander Murray: Polly’s Casks), Lagavulin (9 year) – Game of Thrones “House Lannister”, Boutique-y Whisky: Tomatin (11 year) Batch 4, Mortlach (15 year) – Game of Thrones “Six Kingdoms”. The Classic Laddie is a vatting of barrels of unpeated Bruichladdich distilled from 100% Scottish barley and aged in, well, all sorts of things. In September I was invited to take part in a marketing campaign for Bruichladdich’s Octomore 11 series, which is slated for retail release 10/1/2020. I was originally just a Scotch drinker but now also absolutely love American whiskey too. I can’t substantiate this comment, but my emotional memory of it was that it was just an “honest’ whisky. And, spoiler, it did. If you’re looking for a solid, unpeated, scotch that brings subtlety and complexity to the table, without being a whisky you need to stop and think about, then I can’t recommend the Bruichladdich … Loved every second of it. I like the fact that all 3 whiskies in this collection are bottled at 50% ABV and was excited to get stuck in and sample them. We review Bruichladdich Black Art 1994 Edition 08.1, a mysterious Scotch single malt aged over a quarter of a century in unknown barrel types. Für die Abfüllung dieser Serie wurde nur Wasser und Gerste der Insel Islay verwendet. Please log in again. If you are like me, then there can never be enough peat. Bruichladdich is beginning to feel like that annoying Straight-A student who can’t seem to get anything wrong. The first sip sold us on our new favorite single malt. We review two whiskies from Bruichladdich's Port Charlotte peated Scotch line up, including the 10 year old and one made from all Islay barley. Port Charlotte 10 Review. Proofing it down a few more % releases a banana and kiwi note, but makes the palate bland. Not everyone is interested in that kind of thing but it did make a great first impression for a brand that I have never tried before. I was to meet with 10 other whisky “influencers” (ugh) and bloggers, now “The Octomore 11”, to collaborate on an owner’s manual of sorts … Your email address will not be published. Reviews . It’s got some virgin oak, some sherry, some Cab, Merlot and Mourvedre casks, and some of the barley was grown on Islay. NOSE Deep bold peat followed by a deep complex orchard fruit (pears, apples, apricots) get accompanied by a dollop of vanilla, honey and malty sweetness. Head Distiller Adam Hannett has a generic house character in mind when he tastes casks for the vatting, but does not worship at the feet of the gods of Consistency like most distilleries. Chocolate, orange peel and tea leaves with fenugreek leaves. Type: Single Malt Scotch Region: Islay Age: 10 years ABV: 50% Non chill-filtered Natural color. Cool. Nose tickle is mild despite the fairly high ABV, and there is a nice balance between sweetness and airiness. Overall: I love the combination of peach, golden raisin, clear crisp malt, and honey. That comes at a premium. I’ll stop reminiscing now and get down to business in this Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Year Scotch review. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. The reviewed bottle was opened 3 days ago. Shop now. my review below is my own and was not influenced by (or published in) the campaign. Vanilla mint. It must have been the former, because every Bruichladdich I’ve tasted since – granted, that number is 5 – has been light, fruity, and floral just like it says on the tin. We place cookies on your device to help make this website better. Iodine. Loving every second of it. The vatting, once complete, is bottled at 50% ABV without added coloring or chill filtration. Still, try to seek out one of the retailers listing this for $50 or less. Richard Hammond October 12, 2018. What else? Bruichladdich Whisky Distillery. It does seem like a handful of reviews from circa 2016 were… less than positive. It has a spiciness lurking in the background. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Scotch Whisky; Flaschenpost von Islay: Bruichladdich Laddie Ten 10 Jahre im Test. The Harvey Brothers owned two other sites at Yoker and Dundashill in Glasgow and saw Bruichladdich as the next step in the expansion of their empire. A rest in the glass reveals even more fruit. Mit dem Bruichladdich Octomore 10.2 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky gönnt man sich ein weiteres Qualitätsprodukt der bekannten Destillerie in den Hebriden. Months later it appeared on the drink menu at Richard's fine restaurant in Boise, Idaho. Finish: Medium long. I did a PC10 review a few years ago, but I wanted to see if more than the bottle got a facelift. It’s a rich, bright, crisp and smoky nose. Having been harvested in 2008 by farmer James Brown on his Octomore farm, this 258 PPM behemoth, would characterize the .3 expressions, always produced from 100% Islay barley, a celebration of Islay DNA and provenance, a single farm vintage. Please don’t think that labelling a whisky “Islay” has anything to do with taste because the truth is far more complicated and interesting. in Between $31 to $60, Scotch Whisky, Whiskey Reviews August 13, 2015 0. Slightly astringent but not enough to ruin it, very spicy and a little nutty. Water optional with this one. I have the Bruichladdich 10 year peated in the queue which I can’t wait to try. When I tried the first release of The Laddie Ten back in (oh God) 2013, I was thoroughly underwhelmed. Wie zu erwarten, begeistert der Islay Malt mit sattem Rauch sowohl im Aroma als auch im Geschmack. (750ml bottle) thanks to Bruichladdich and "No Hidden Measures" Campaign for the bottle! Rye bread, with some orange hard boiled sweets. Evolves through light fruits – dried – nondescript florals, and then fades with a note that I can only describe as peach gummy rings. Today I'm reviewing Bruichladdich's The Classic Laddie which you can tell by the brand is an unpeated Scotch. In 2015, the 6.3 heralded the release for the very first time, of an Octomore distilled from 100% Islay barley. A few of those ex-bourbon casks (likely the refill ones) in the vatting could really have used another couple of years of maturing to polish that off. The price feels right, even for an NAS entry-level bottle. A treacle sponge, brown sugar and honey-emphasising sweetness from an active cask. Scotch Whisky. We had never heard of Bruichladdich until we watched the "Scotch: The Golden Dream" documentary on a long airline flight. Some peat, but really not as much as expected, although the longer you let the whisky sit in a glass, the more prominent the peat smoke becomes. Quite fruity on the palate with apples, oranges, grapes and even a little grapefruit. I look forward to trying a different batch to see what changes. Assorted florals – honeysuckle and rose primarily – with an undercurrent of light, nutty, grain-forward malt. Bruichladdich Valinch 40 2008 – review. The Classic is vatted from casks as young as 5 or 6, and as old as 12 or 13, and while they are mostly ex-bourbon, Adam often uses wine-finished casks to achieve the balance of flavors he’s looking for. Der Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2010 ist ein wundervoller Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011. By Cameron Holck / August 2, 2019 Editor’s Note: This whisky was provided to us as a review sample by Bruichladdich. September 28, 2020 September 28, 2020 The Scotch Noob Reviews Leave a comment 12338 views . There seems to be something special about this small distillery on the shores of Loch Indaal however, which has perhaps helped it to endure where others may have fallen. How does terrior come through in spirits? Bruichladdich Laddie Classic 1 Scotch Review. The whisky shows mostly apple and pear flavours. We're working on a solution. https://whiskeybon.com/scotch/bruichladdich-the-classic-laddie-review Integrating time, high quality oak and Scottish barley.”. I don’t know if the distillery was still getting their feet under them after the massive rejuvenation effort (it was, after all, whisky distilled a scant year and a half after unbarring the gates and rebuilding the equipment), or if my palate just didn’t agree with the Bruichladdich house character. With the ability to produce both malt and grain across their three distilleries, the brothers hoped to make their blending company … Rye, cardamom, worn vanilla and dried grapes. PALATE Crisp clean peat rolls through followed by the same complex orchard fruit from the nose. This barley manifests as 'grain' more so than as 'grass'. EYE Pale honey. $60 is a bit of a stretch. Before these 3 I had never had anything from Bruichladdich before and I have to say I am now a fan of the brand. We bought what may have been the last bottle in the state, and relished every last drop. Also ScotchNoob is one my “go-to” sites when I’m considering a new whiskey. But being a very good whisky is not bad at all and I would say pick up a bottle if the flavour profile tickles your fancy. Bruichladdich uses no artificial colors and is un-chilled filtered. Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1 23yr. Scotch Whisky Reviews 3. Delicately sweet, with only a balancing spot of charcoal bitterness. I picked up a 3 bottle presentation box of Bruichladdich containing The Classic Laddie, the Islay Barley and the Port Charlotte. Head Distiller Adam Hannett has a generic house character in mind when he tastes casks for the vatting, but does not worship at the feet of the gods of Consistency like most distilleries. [+Recipes], Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scottish Barely Review. Great work. Motor oil. Scotch . Unlike many Scotches, this one's bottled at 50% ABV (100°). Suggested retail on it is about $55.99. Copyright WhiskeyBon.com All Rights Reserved. You … On the nose: quite tar-like with tobacco as well. Palate: Viscous but not quite syrupy body. 50% ABV didn’t hurt for this cask-strength drinker, either. I do like it but if I had a criticism it would be that it doesn’t really have a distinct character that would push it into the great whisky category. I read lots of nonsense about terroir and hands-on distilling, barrelling and bottling and blah, blah, blah, but this was the first time that all seemed to come through in the glass. (Please don’t leave me…). Required fields are marked *. Scotch / Whisky Review: Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011. We earn a small commission if you click the above link and go on to make a purchase. While that piece of work was sponsored, the following blog post was not, and although I received the review bottle for free (perks!) Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10 Years Review. Recently I was invited to take part in a marketing campaign for Bruichladdich’s Octomore 11 series, which went well enough that Bruichladdich asked me to work on the sequel: A discussion of Bruichladdich’s Transparency Campaign “No Hidden Measures”. Bruichladdich distillery meanwhile was founded much later in 1881, at the height of the blended scotch boom. Peppermint. Please accept this or click this link to change your cookie settings: Wild Turkey Rare Breed [112.8/56.4] Review, Kings County Distillery Straight Bourbon Review, Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Review, Michter’s US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye Review, Introducing Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Whiskey And Tea: Does It Work (+ Recipes), Whiskey And Eggnog — Does It Work? The water doesn’t seem to have much effect otherwise. Lots of mint. Cashew nuts and honey but it is more of a savoury than sweet honey. Bottled at the distillery using water from an Islay spring, this superb single malt perfectly illustrates the art skilled distillation. Here we are at my final review of the Bruichladdich mini-series which has also taken in the Port Charlotte and Classic Laddie. Bruichladdich Black Art is a dense, full and tasty dram that bewitches the senses. Durch die Lagerung in Weißeichenfässern ist der Charakter des Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2010 mild und malzig süß. The credibility of any reviewer is besmirched when they take industry money, but we can’t all be pure as the driven snow like Ralfy, so I leave it up to my readers to decide if my words are trustworthy or not. A hint of tobacco leaves and some bread dough. Like I said, I can’t justify that statement. It is based in Rhinns of Islay, Scotland but they produce some unpeated whisky along with the port charlotte which is heavily peated and the infamous Octomore which is touted as being the most heavily peated whisky in the world. It comes in a brilliant blue bottle that is easily recognizable on the shelf. I visited the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay in 2015 and came away very impressed with the distillery and Islay itself. Despite the incredibly modern and cool branding, the Bruichladdich distillery is an old one, having been formed in 1881. It’s like an interesting mix between an Islay and a Speyside with some good flavours that really stand out, helped by the relatively high ABV for a Scotch. Tasty and aromatic with a lengthy finish to match it creates an entertaining and elegant journey. From big, full-bodied and peaty whiskies to more mellow yet still highly complex home grown scotches, they’re doing it right. The higher ABV helps those subtle notes pop, and as we know from Octomore, Bruichladdich spirit likes to be braced by a high alcohol percentage. Our opinions are unaffected by this, if we don’t rate the whiskey we will say so. I drank a bottle of Classic Laddie in 2018. Scotch Whisky Reviews. Some honey and then a strange aftertaste that I can’t quite put my finger on (sorry not a very helpful description!). Nose: Lightly fruity, with orchard fruits (white peach, crisp plum, yellow apples), golden raisins, and raw honey. The youngest casks (the majority) were 7 years old. Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 (70cl, 50%)  Sorry about this... We can't actually ship Bruichladdich The Organic 2010 to you in United States at the moment. 9. With Water: A few drops of water add a creamy marshmallow and vanilla note, which fade quickly after a rest in the glass. The yearly release of Bruichladdich’s super heavily peated spirit, Octomore, is like Christmas for scotch fans. It casts a spell of seduction that starts with the aroma and culminates in a Danse Macabre that joyfully makes its way from the tip of the tongue to the depths of the belly leaving a trail of dark notes. (Foto: Malt Whisky) Die Bruichladdich-Destillerie sieht sich selber als Outlaw unter den Brennereien. The login page will open in a new window. Nose. Juni 2014; 2 Minuten Lesezeit; Samuel; Whisky von der Rockstar-Destillery: Bruichladdich 10 Jahre. Islay is such a small, quiet, and beautiful place that lets the Scotch age in peace surrounded by salty ocean, refreshing air, and gorgeous scenery; you might even call it paradise. Bruichladdich was founded in 1881 by the Harvey Brothers and has seen many challenges over the long years of its lifetime. There’s exactly the right amount of sweetness, just enough bitterness to give it contrast, and a few lovely high notes stuck here and there, including that amazing peach gummy flavor. A moderate tongue burn – consistent with 50% ABV – is followed by unctuous dripping honey, peach jelly, buttered scones, and more golden raisins. Nose: Barley. The distillery is even Bruichladdich Organic '10 Bottling Note. First up was the Classic laddie and if you continue to move your eyes from the left side of the screen to the right digesting the characters of text in this review you will find out what I thought of it: “This dram showcases the classic floral and elegant Bruichladdich style. 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