I’ve been sipping the Classic Laddie by Bruichladdich for a while, and for me it’s a bit like Citizen Kane. The first time I watched CK I wasn’t sure about it, but it kept me thinking about it and then rewatching, and watching again, and again… It’s definitely one of my favourites now. It stays with you somehow.
Added to that, I’m a bit of a design ho, so it made me incredibly happy the first time I laid eyes on the matte torquise bottle. Apparently, it’s the colour of the sea in front of the distillery. I would very much like to see that for myself, as an excellent excuse to visit Bruichladdich. Actually, I could use even smaller excuses to visit, like the rain: “Oh look it’s raining, let’s step inside of the Bruichladdich distillery…”
Getting past the beautiful design-work, and popping out the cork, I get a floral, vanilla custard, and even some spicy apple pie, wafting out of the bottle. The nose is quite strong, and I’m not surprised, considering the 50% alcohol content. While writing this the whole room has filled up with a buttery sweet aroma – fantastic!
There’s no age statement, so you have to judge it on it’s merits, and not on it’s age. It’s probably got some older whisky in the mix but overall it’s probably fairly young.
IT IS OUR MISSION TO PURSUE THE ULTIMATE PEDIGREE, PROVENANCE AND TRACEABILITY OF OUR RAW MATERIALS – CHIEF OF WHICH IS OUR BARLEY – AND TO THE PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CONCEPT OF TERROIR IN ARTISANAL SINGLE MALT WHISKY.
It’s definitely one of my favourites; both to look at and to drink, from Bruichladdich (as is the Octomore, and more recently the Port Charlotte.).
Just be warned that it’s got a kick to go with the deliciousness, so drink responsibly.