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.
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.
Apple, caramel, and oak!
Mouth full of oak at first, then sweet finish.
Just a sublime whisky. Isla soul without being smoked out. Color is so appealing. Delicious balance of saltiness, sweet, vanilla, and wood.
Very nice scotch
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.
Initially harsh on first sip. The apple is certainly present but I miss the smoke since this one is unpeated.
I am not an officianado. I ordered it because it won awards and sounded interesting and was not disappointed. It was smooth and flavorful.
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.
Surprisingly delicate and nuanced Scotch from Islay with not a hint of the usual smokey peat. Very enjoyable.
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.
Loved it. Perfect amount of oak taste.
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.
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.
Was ok but would not be a go to scotch for me
When I think scotch, I think Bruichladdich the classic laddie! This bottle sets the bar, so to say. Plus it's only $50!
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.
So good for the price...definitely worth it
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.
Saltie, non-peated, friendly Scotch; I’d think it’s great for beginners, if somewhat diluted
This batch from late 2020 is not as good as the bottle I bought at the beginning of 2020. Much harsher finish.
Light but flavorful. An excellent example of non-peated Scotch.
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
Very mild flavors. Buttery and subtly floral. Somewhat smokey nose but specifically not peated.
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.
A salty/spice initial kick then finish is smooth sorta sweet.
There bottles emptied - and still in love!
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.
Very easy drinking. Not as peaty as other Islay scotches. Little smoke, lots of pleasant flavor without being too sweet.
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.
One of the first Scottish Islay Whiskys I have tried. Good tasting.
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.
Crisp and refreshing. Great with a cigar.
Love the saltiness of this unseated Islay.
I've been wanting to try this scotch for a long, long time, and the wait was worth it.
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.
Love the rich briney flavor, with no smoke.
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
One of the best balanced but explosively flavorful
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
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.
Distinctive, refreshing and fun!
Really interesting. One of the more salty drams I’ve had, but finishes spicy
Absolutely delicious. Salt and straw/grass notes coming through with plenty of perfectly malted barley.
My go to scotch
my favorite sipping scotch. Just ordered 3 more bottles to put away in my stash.
A very nice balance between drinkable and notable. One of my favorites of the year.
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.
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.
Salt start with strong oak finish. Not a bad dram at all
I love the un-peated finish
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.
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.
love this scotch! gentle, honey/butter flavor with some subtle spice hints. not a fan of the opaque baby-blue bottle.
Salted caramel & butterscotch.
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.
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.
Phenomenal whiskey. Great blend with phenomenal flavor and a smooth finish.
Sweet apple with light vanilla
Not sure if my bottle is defective… Definitely smoky… Wasn’t even on the flavor spiral
Brian, please send it to me. I love smoke. Kathy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
More depth of flavor than any others I’ve had at the price point. And a higher ABV (50%) doesn’t hurt either.
Easy to drink, salty nose, smooth
Peachy and salty. A great summer dram.
Intense and strong with a sweet finish
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.
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.
It is a nice scotch but unfortunately there is nothing noteworthy about it.
A nice ay to taste Islay without peat, but I definitely miss the peat. A bit hot and the finish is quite short.
Big fan of this! Everything I love about Islay scotch without the Peat I dislike. Hope to find something else like it.
My favorite unpeated scotch, light and goes down smooth.
Perfect balance of smoke and fruit. Might be my new go-to.
Smooth, light peat, warming and pleasant
Not much actually. Vanilla and fresh after taste.
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.