What a beauty of a Laddie this is. Distilled in a previous era (1990) and bottled in 2005, this Bruichladdich should give us a sense of what it was, before the new owners started distilling again in 2001.
At cask strength, the nose doesn’t give away much, but you’ll get the typical vanilla, pear and malty notes over time, with a hint of pineapple and lemon grass.
The palate is tongue tingling and starts fresh with lemon and vanilla, but transitions gently towards sweet barley notes and fruity flavours. It’s dry and mineral, there are some bitter cacao notes in it too.
The finish is crisp, vibrant and salty, with a taste of biscuits, vanilla, oak, cedar wood and a very nice aftertaste of sugar coated puffed rice. There’s a small trace of smoke, with dried apples and fresh citrus after in spent some time in the glass.
If we didn’t know better, it could as well be a modern Laddie, albeit a little less gentle and bottled without compromise. Lovely!