Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling 70cl / 50%
Bottled at a hearty 50%, Bruichladdich's Classic Laddie is the cleanest expression of Bruichladdich's unpeated Islay single malt whisky.
A particularly summery whisky, this wonderfully easy-drinking dram doesn't necessarily need water but swims well if you do dilute it, and although it's not the most complex Islay whisky, you'd struggle to find a more pleasing, easygoing, fresh grassy dram. An afternoon whisky.
Character: Smooth as pebbles in a pool. It’s clean, fresh and lively with both the oak and the grain in perfect harmony.
Colour: Sunlight on fields of early summer barley.
Nose: The bouquet is brilliant. Opening with barley sugar and a hint of mint before leading into the most wonderful notes of freshly cut wild flowers; buttercup, daisy, meadowsweet, myrtle, primrose and cherry blossom. The cleanliness of the spirit is remarkable. As the seconds tick by, more aromas rise from the glass, little zephyrs of spindrift and sea pinks reminding you that this spirit is matured exclusively by the sea. After some four or five minutes and with the addition of a little water, caramelised fruits drift onto the scene; lemon drops and honey, tangerine and tablet.
Palate: The palate entry is so refined and refreshing, the sweet oak and the barley arriving together sending the taste buds into raptures. The fruits from distillation drift in on an atlantic breeze and pop on the tongue like champagne bubbles. A combination of ripe green fruit, brown sugar and sweet malt bring closure. A taste back in time, a realisation that not all single malts are equal and to achieve the absolute optimum, you must use barley that is made in Scotland. Make this one the benchmark for all others you meet on your journey through the stills of Scotland.
Finish: Unforgettable! Its best enjoyed in good company, you just don’t want the evening to end. It brings warmth to the heart and soul. The clock slows down and the cares of tomorrow disappear into the dawn.
Mood: Conviviality! Relaxed, enjoying the spirit in the glass and the laughter from tales often told but never tired of hearing.