Distiller: Bruichladdich. Region: Islay. ABV: 46%. No age statement. Price: $60 (750ml, current release).
What’s better than a bottle of the Bruichladdich Laddie Classic Edition 01? The one liter version of it.
I’m sure glad I picked up a couple of this release when I was traveling abroad a few years back. It made a great addition to my growing Laddie collection. Though Baldo’s had mixed experiences with the more recent releases of the “Classic Laddie” (confusingly renamed from the initial “Laddie Classic,” and confusingly packaged almost identically to the beloved and long-gone Laddie 10), this first no-age-statement Laddie release is a beauty.
On the nose is salty ocean spray, orchard fruit, and earthiness. The creamy palate has interesting sweet and oak notes–like barrel-aged honey drizzled over a piece of salted caramel. The finish adds subtle smoke that reminds me of a smoldering campfire off in the distance on the beach.
Wonderful pour. Cheers! – JTR