BRUICHLADDICH CLASSIC LADDIE SCOTTISH BARLEY ISLAY MALT
The bouquet is brilliant. Opening with lemon, honey and cherry blossom. Balanced and refined, complex and layered. Take a little time to allow the whiskey to open and reveal notes of aromatic warm peach and dried apricot. Creamy fudge and caramelised brown sugar from the oak and a classic mineral quality of warm salt laden sand comes through with candied lemon peel and orange barley sugar.
After adding a drop of water, a hint of myrtle and brine appears, then toffee, vanilla and a raspberry ripple tell of the sweet fruity character, shaped by the oak and displaying a classic floral Bruicladdich elegance.
Immediately the texture of this whisky demands your attention. It is so soft and enveloping. At 50%abv the gentleness of the spirit is remarkable. The texture of the natural barley oils coaxed through the tall Bruicladdich stills holds the flavour beautifully.
The oak takes centre stage. Sweet toasted caramel and resinous toasted oak.
Then the fruits of slow distillation come to the fore. Cooked apples, lemon meringue. Soon that mineral salty tang, the signature of maturation here on Islay.
On the finish initially there are notes of coconut and that mineral character comes through again bringing more sweet ripe fruits. Lemon balm and barley sugar with hints of mint and green fruit found in our spirit quietly draw a close to a vibrant, complex whisky.