Nose: Quite a fresh, clean barley note comes through first. Light honey, hay, ginger, corn flakes, lemon lozenges, sponge cake, butter, vanilla, ocean air, smoke, and something vegetal.
Palate: Light mouthfeel, with a salty, tangy arrival. Rich, lush barley, lemon tart, lemon meringue pie. The honey has a fun interplay with the citrus, and there’s a great balance between the sweet and the bitter.
Finish: The barley keeps on giving. Corn Flakes, honey, butter and cream, white pepper, ginger, mustard, anise, salt, oak, cookie batter, lemon tart, fresh peaches, a rather indistinguishable vegetal note, and light smoke. The Oloroso influence also begins to shine through here, with subtle berry and red fruit notes.
Thoughts: The Laddie Ten is not the most accessible whisky. It’s more challenging than most whiskies within its age bracket. But, after you spend some time with it, you’ll find there’s much to like. There’s the bitter/sweet interplay, the orchard-fresh quality of the citrus and peach notes, an odd fermented note, the unique vegetal flavour, and finally the savory barley that Bruichladdich is known for. In spite of the praise the brand gets for its younger expressions, I feel a solid ten years has done this some favours. It’s young but not too young like many of their NAS releases. I like this one. Very different.
*大麥, 微淡的蜂蜜, 乾草, 薑, 玉米片, 海綿蛋糕, 檸檬喉糖, 奶油, 香草, 海洋的風, 煙.
*鹽, 大麥, 檸檬塔, 檸檬, 蜂蜜.
*玉米片, 蜂蜜, 奶油, 鮮奶油, 白胡椒, 薑, 芥末, 八角, 鹽, 橡木, 檸檬撻, 桃子, 微淡的煙, 植物的味道.