Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley

Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley

(0.75l, 50%)


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$56.99
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 A new standard of Bruichladdich Single Malt expressed in fresh, Single Malt wonder.

The Bruichladdich Distillery is very impressive. In 1881 the Harvey brothers — who came from a Whisky family dynasty — built a cathedral-like, state-of-the-art Victorian still house with unheard-of six-meter tall stills. Now owned by Remy Cointreau, the distillery remains pretty much the same as it has for more than 100 years. They proudly practice slow fermentation and slow distillation using traditional wooden vats and huge washes made from towering Douglas Fir. The distillery produces non-peated Bruichladdich Single Malt, Port Charlotte which is peated in the classic Islay style, the heavily peated Octomore, and The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.

Head Distiller Adam Hannett set out to craft a signature Single Malt to serve as the standard-bearer upon which the line would be defined. Calling it "The Classic Laddie" is a great way to set it apart and provide a pronunciation lesson at the same time. True to form, this Islay rebel has zero peat and 100% Scottish barley and it’s aged in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks with no chill-filtration and no artificial coloring at 50% ABV.

Smartass Corner: 
The name of the distillery is darned hard to say correctly. The trouble is that sometimes the "-ick" in Scot’s Gaelic is sometimes pronounced as a hard "k" and sometimes it’s silent. And in "Bruichladdich" there’s one of each. Say it this way: "Brook - laddie" and you’ll be close.

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oak
apple juice
vanilla
salty
caramel
honey
green fruit
phenols
sweet
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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Light gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Barley sugar, fresh apple, a hint of mint. Then caramelised fruits and honey drift onto the scene.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Sweet oak, barley, Atlantic saltiness, ripe green fruit, vanilla and sweet malt.

Finish
Fruit remains, vanilla, honey and some sweetness all hang around until drying oaky finale.

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Ratings & Reviews
Nicholas
Nicholas,
This is nice, smooth scotch after the first sip. It's initially harsh and the apple is absolutely there - I would say it's ok - I just miss the smoke from the more peaty scotches.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Apple, caramel, and oak!
 
Chad
Chad,
Mouth full of oak at first, then sweet finish.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Just a sublime whisky. Isla soul without being smoked out. Color is so appealing. Delicious balance of saltiness, sweet, vanilla, and wood.
 
Rhett
Rhett,
Very nice scotch
 
Alan
Alan,
Opened with a little water (~1/4 tsp) this blooms to a smooth palette. Mild on the nose, it delivers light caramel and vanilla with light heat.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Initially harsh on first sip. The apple is certainly present but I miss the smoke since this one is unpeated.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
I am not an officianado. I ordered it because it won awards and sounded interesting and was not disappointed. It was smooth and flavorful.
 
Miriam
Miriam,
This is a whiskey that benefits from a few drops of water. It smooths out the alcohol and allows the butterscotch and hazelnuts to shine through.
 
Kerry
Kerry,
Surprisingly delicate and nuanced Scotch from Islay with not a hint of the usual smokey peat. Very enjoyable.
 
jonathan
jonathan,
surprisingly good. non-peated from Islay. its not TOO unique of a flavor though, if you drop the peating (as typical from Islay) then you end up in one of the other categories. this fits that flavor profile for me.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Loved it. Perfect amount of oak taste.
 
Brogan
Brogan,
Light, somewhat fruity. Unfortunately, lacking the complexity from a company such as Bruichladdich. With so many other options at this price point, I would take the risk of trying something else new before purchasing again.
 
Rex
Rex,
Decent dram. Good flavor. The peat comes through in the after taste and hangs around. Definitely have to sip and I can probably only tolerate one drink per sitting.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Was ok but would not be a go to scotch for me
 
JOSH
JOSH,
When I think scotch, I think Bruichladdich the classic laddie! This bottle sets the bar, so to say. Plus it's only $50!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
One of my first scotches, and have really enjoyed it. Come to find that I don’t enjoy the peated scotches, so this has been a pleasant alternative. Very crisp and refreshing. Bottle is almost done and I already have my next unpeated Bruichladdich lined up (Barley 2011). But I will be revisiting the Laddie again in the future. The distiller has a great story, as well.
 
Michael
Michael,
So good for the price...definitely worth it
 
Carl
Carl,
Sweet nose, salty on the palate and a subtle smokiness with oak on a long finish. Been wanting to try this for a while and definitely wasn’t disappointed.
 
Robert
Robert,
Saltie, non-peated, friendly Scotch; I’d think it’s great for beginners, if somewhat diluted
 
Scott
Scott,
This batch from late 2020 is not as good as the bottle I bought at the beginning of 2020. Much harsher finish.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Light but flavorful. An excellent example of non-peated Scotch.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
apple for sure. very pretty the achol adds color at the end. taste of a classic scotch well balanced very very nice. no wrong can be done
 
guest
guest,
Love it!
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Very mild flavors. Buttery and subtly floral. Somewhat smokey nose but specifically not peated.
 
Tyler
Tyler,
Even though this isn't a peated whisky, there is absolutely a briny, shoe leather entrance to this pour, as well as toffee. Mossy, grassy, vegetal notes follow. The proof is potent, and reminds you what you had for a long finish.
 
guest
guest,
Harsh
 
Tom
Tom,
A salty/spice initial kick then finish is smooth sorta sweet.
 
guest
guest,
There bottles emptied - and still in love!
 
guest
guest,
Very nice
 
Toru
Toru,
Amazing taste
 
Toru
Toru,
Amazing taste.
 
Marc
Marc,
Its bright and fresh, has a sweetness but not overly sweet. Good malty character, vanilla, caramel, fruity. A very well done whisky, good ABV and non-chill filtered presentation.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Very easy drinking. Not as peaty as other Islay scotches. Little smoke, lots of pleasant flavor without being too sweet.
 
guest
guest,
My favorite whiskey, by far, to date. This bottle is caramel-y, fruity, citrusy, and every other flavor you would want in a whiskey or even a coffee. Smooth all the way through, and light on the finish.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
One of the first Scottish Islay Whiskys I have tried. Good tasting.
 
Clyde
Clyde,
This has been one of my go to Islay Single Malt Scotch's for a number of years. It's a well-rounded scotch, not heavily peated, but lots of barley, which is kind of unnusual for an Islay scotch. A visit to the distillery last year reinforced my preference for this scotch.
 
Doug
Doug,
Crisp and refreshing. Great with a cigar.
 
BRIAN
BRIAN,
Like it
 
John
John,
Love the saltiness of this unseated Islay.
 
Frank
Frank,
I've been wanting to try this scotch for a long, long time, and the wait was worth it.
 
Phil
Phil,
The Classic Laddie, this is a complex one..... I can’t quite isolate this dram on the nose. My best attempt was that this had some vanilla and honey but with more to offer I cannot place. Brown sugar, and a complex balance of flavors such as floral and citrus on the tongue. The warmth and then slight peat (even thou this is a unleaded Islay Single Malt) and herbal. This bottle is highly enjoyable with a price point that doesn’t break your bank. The bottle is expertly balance from the nose to the tongue and finally the finish.
 
Brandt
Brandt,
Love the rich briney flavor, with no smoke.
 
Sotirios
Sotirios,
Absolutely amazing. Glorious spirit. Absolutely unbelievable. Did not expect this level of complexity. I think I found my favorite distillery. Update: got through the neck pour, my rating stands. One of my top five whisk(e)y’s
 
Robert
Robert,
One of the best balanced but explosively flavorful
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Sweet honey and oaky turns salty and mildly sherry flavored with a pleasant smokiness in the background. If you have it after something sweeter, you can even taste the wine touches from the red wine casks used in it. Finish turns to more fruit and smoke and lasts and lasts . Great complexity for the price
 
guest
guest,
Salty caramel and apple on the nose. Initial taste is apple juice, before a pleasant spice emerges. Finish is a lasting spice and oak. Added water and it brought back the salty brine and apple flavors.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Distinctive, refreshing and fun!
 
Forrest
Forrest,
Really interesting. One of the more salty drams I’ve had, but finishes spicy
 
James
James,
Absolutely delicious. Salt and straw/grass notes coming through with plenty of perfectly malted barley.
 
Tanner
Tanner,
My go to scotch
 
John
John,
my favorite sipping scotch. Just ordered 3 more bottles to put away in my stash.
 
Chris
Chris,
A very nice balance between drinkable and notable. One of my favorites of the year.
 
Gabriel
Gabriel,
Nose: Sweet, Salty, Oak, Vanillin, Floral, Light Fruit, Honey. Palate: Smoky, Briny, Spicy, Bittersweet.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
I do not enjoy the peat from Isley Scotch but the Classic Laddie found a way to hide the peat behind the salt and oak. If you tend to shy away from all things Isley, take it from me...this may change your mind. I found a new favorite.
 
Fernando
Fernando,
I was hooked on this Scotch instantly. The saltiness up front is beautiful and the oak throughout is well-balanced. I highly recommend especially for folks who shy away from smoke and peat.
 
JOSE
JOSE,
Salt start with strong oak finish. Not a bad dram at all
 
Michael
Michael,
I love the un-peated finish
 
Robert
Robert,
Love this and love the bottle and packaging too. This is NOT especially peaty - by design - but there's just enough to complement the other flavors. Very easy to drink. Put it this way ... since trying, I keep thinking, "I cannot wait to have more." 'Nuff said.
 
Orlando
Orlando,
Really good stuff, I feel you kinda have to like peaty whiskeys in order to enjoy this. Definitely worth the buy imo. Try it at a bar or restaurant first.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
love this scotch! gentle, honey/butter flavor with some subtle spice hints. not a fan of the opaque baby-blue bottle.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Salted caramel & butterscotch.
 
Robert
Robert,
Always loved Bruichladdich, but never had this non-peated version. Smooth, oaky, a touch of sweet. Nice to sip. If there were a summer Scotch, this would be it.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
A perfectly fine dram to enjoy while doing other things, but definitely not one that I'd sit back and focus on. Just missed the mark a bit to me and I love Islays.
 
Jason
Jason,
Phenomenal whiskey. Great blend with phenomenal flavor and a smooth finish.
 
Eli
Eli,
7.8
 
Colton
Colton,
Sweet apple with light vanilla
 
Brian
Brian,
Not sure if my bottle is defective… Definitely smoky… Wasn’t even on the flavor spiral
Katherine
Katherine,
Brian, please send it to me. I love smoke. Kathy (cortenka@gmail.com)
Patrick
Patrick,
More depth of flavor than any others I’ve had at the price point. And a higher ABV (50%) doesn’t hurt either.
 
guest
guest,
Easy to drink, salty nose, smooth
 
WESLEY
WESLEY,
Peachy and salty. A great summer dram.
 
Amber
Amber,
Intense and strong with a sweet finish
 
Kayla
Kayla,
Definitely a woody finish with phenols (but not really smoky!). It really gets very harsh if you let it sit in your mouth before swallowing -- to the point that it overpowers your ability to taste any complexity. The scent is very appealing. Oily mouthfeel.
 
Jason
Jason,
Aroma of warm honey and salt. Sweet on the pallet with caramel and vanilla with a bit of heat on the finish. Truly great if you think about the price point.
 
Carlos
Carlos,
It is a nice scotch but unfortunately there is nothing noteworthy about it.
 
Michael
Michael,
A nice ay to taste Islay without peat, but I definitely miss the peat. A bit hot and the finish is quite short.
 
Evan
Evan,
Very nice.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Big fan of this! Everything I love about Islay scotch without the Peat I dislike. Hope to find something else like it.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Pleasant Scotch
 
Alex
Alex,
Fan-friggin-tastic
 
Bradley
Bradley,
My favorite unpeated scotch, light and goes down smooth.
 
Marcus
Marcus,
Perfect balance of smoke and fruit. Might be my new go-to.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Smooth, light peat, warming and pleasant
 
guest
guest,
Not much actually. Vanilla and fresh after taste.
 
Corey
Corey,
This is a fine whisky, but it was not for me. Even being no peat, I could still detect the salty air. This is great for many tastes, but I prefer a little less of the salty/smokey air.
 
Phillip
Phillip,
I did not like the hard finish and aftertaste.
 
guest
guest,
Sweet and smooth good whisky overall
 
Marcus
Marcus,
Stunning whisky.
 
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