First and foremost in the Laddie core range, the vibrant aquamarine bottle of Bruichladdich Scottish Barley, “The Classic Laddie”.
The story goes that, when Mark Reynier (one of the band of independent investors who rebooted Bruichladdich) first visited the distillery this is what colour the sea water was in Loch Indaal.
This is a multi-vintage whisky (a.k.a. No Age Statement, or NAS) but I have it on good authority that it’s around 5/6 years old. When it comes to their whisky, Bruichladdich don’t keep many secrets.
Produced in a mixture of American oak ex bourbon casks, and European oak ex fino sherry casks, the whisky is unpeated and bottled at 50% ABV. As always, all the distillery’s bottlings are non chill filtered and free from colouring.
Nose: Salty, earthy and grassy with limes and bananas. Slightly rubbery with a strong mineral smell.
Palate: Salty custard with limes and cinnamon. After sitting in the glass a while, vanilla sponge cake.
Finish: Oily walnuts, sultanas.