The youngest was great, this one has some more trouble opening up. First signs aren’t great. Actually it has been - the worst sounds so negative but - the worst Bruichladdich I have tasted up till now. It is not a terrible whisky, but just a disappointing Laddie. I didn’t know they made those, normally they are just great, even or especially when they’re young. But this one was either not ready to being bottled, the cask wasn’t doing its job or something else was off.
Young, fresh linen, cooked greens, slight pear notes and hay, not unpleasant but nothing special either. After a while there comes a bit of a cheesy note, which is quite unpleasant.
No water: sharp and young, the cooked vegetables are dominating and that cheesy note is there again. And once it’s there it is not leaving your palette. Hopefully adding water will make it better. With 50% you’ll have room for adding quite some drops.
After adding a bottle cap of water (5ml) it settles down, less hot and sharp and the green fruits come out. Pear, stewed apples and a tad of marmelade also honey notes are there. But still that cheese or buttermilk taste. It is hard to ignore. Maybe a hot still or pushed a bit too much into the feints?
Sharp, hot, with honey and barley flavours, but again that cheesy note that ruins it.
Wow I never thought I would come across a bad Laddie, but this just isn't good.