Something of a collectors’ item from this cult distillery, this is the original release of the Laddie Ten (not the recently released 2nd edition – itself limited to only 18,000 bottles), which was sadly discontinued.
The bottling marked the first 10 year old release of spirit distilled after the 2001 rebirth of Bruichladdich, and was a real statement of intent from the distillery. Indeed, this was a 2001 vintage bottling, displaying the character of the barley harvested during that year.
The spirit was matured in a mixture of 60% American oak and 40% sherry casks, giving a superb balance and depth.
This whisky serves up flavours of typical Bruichladdich creamy flowers, with some slight coastal minerality and sea spray, lemon zest, mint, bright oak, apples, green grapes, toffee and cinnamon. Very Islay – just without the peat!
Highly valued at its release for its 46% ABV proof, and non chill filtered status, this is a well-crafted and luscious whisky.
A demonstration of what Bruichladdich is all about.
Very hard to find these days, we doubt The Laddie Ten will stick around for long.