Whisky Review – Bruichladdich – The Classic Laddie

Bruichladdich – The Classic Laddie
Non-Chill Filtered
No Added Colouring
50% ABV
£41.63 from Master of Malt.

Back on familiar ground here with the Classic Laddie from Bruichladdich. I have reviewed this one before, but it’s sometimes nice to go back to the same whisky, new bottling/batch and see how the whisky, or even, my tastebuds vary from year to year.


Considering its unpeated, there is a whiff of peat smoke. This has been described due to the water source being used containing a fair amount of peat. It’s a very barley rich nose, creamy and thick. Vanilla. Soft fruits, melon, apricot, boiled pears. Some citrus. Touches of pepper.


Spicy arrival, soon subsiding with the development moving to boiled fruit sweets. Fruit jelly. Melons, pears, apples, tropical fruits. Vanilla cream. The mouthfeel is sublime, thick with oils transporting the flavour around the mouth. I’m told this is due to Beuichladdich’s slow distillation techniques. The development goes on into malty barley notes, very rich and delectable.


Long, oily, loads of barley and the soft fruits stick around as well. Lip smacking stuff.

Adding water.

Only a small drop added as it is so very flavoursome at the bottled 50%. The nose is now exploding with fruit, which is very much intensified. More apples now, pear, melon, soft exotic fruitiness. Lush. Inthe nose still has some peat, some added leafy herbal notes, and a touch more pepper. The palate is immediately more flavoursome with the fruits taking a more front line in the development, with some added spice, the mouth feel is amazing, and this is a really mouthwatering dram. The finish is still long, a touch more herbaceous, with some drying oak and sweet liquorice ending things off nicely.


A gorgeous dram. I still compare this to the Laddie 10, which I do miss. But this is a very well constructed, tasty and truly unique dram from a unique distillery. I’ll make no omissions. I love Bruichladdich and what they do. I can’t wait to go back and visit again (May hopefully), and every sip is just heavenly for me.

There are a nice selection of wee Laddies (small bottles) available now from various retailers which include the Laddie Classic, Islay Barley and the Botonist (Bruichladdich’s gin), if you don’t know Bruichladdich yet, and fancy taking a taste test there is no better way to do this than with those 20cl bottles.

Thank you to Bruichladdich for kindly providing a review sample.


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