Review #23 | /r/Scotch Review #2 -Bruichladdich’s The Classic Laddie
The Schtick: This is the new, NAS, version of Bruichladdich’s un-peated distillate.
ABV: 50% ABV
Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)
Source: Bottle, Purchased (2015)
Nose: I smell floral seabreeze, like the faint salty breeze off of the ocean. It’s not overwhelming, I don’t feel like someone just poured saltwater in my face; it’s faint and delicate. Next, some honey and a little more salt followed by ever so faint vanilla. For such a light aroma, it’s intriguingly complex.
Taste: There’s a lot of floral notes followed by more sweetness, mostly that of honey. There’s a bit of salt but it fades quickly. There’s a bit of faint sherried notes, fruits, some clove, vanilla, floral waxed fruits, honey.
Finish: The finish is medium to long and very gentle for 100 proof. There’s a lot of honey, followed by some salt. On the way out, it leaves lingering floral impressions.
Overall: It’s really impressive how there’s such a wealth and diversity of notes and flavors in scotch that are completely foreign to bourbon. I know Bruichladdich is known for massive Octo peat, but I’m rather enjoying this un-peated Islay expression.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Insurpassable | No better exists