Bruichladdich 2010

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bere Barley
Stated Age
08 years old
American oak casks
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L163170 or 165142 19/071
Added on
07 Aug 2019 9:18 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 80.17

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159 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2010

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.38 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Big on the orris root, but with a quick hit of sourdough, and quite farmy overall, with a lot of grains. Sweet porridge notes. A touch of earl grey, honey, and peaches, as well as golden syrup. There's just a whiff of eucalyptus also. High complexity.
    • Taste
      Wow! Just, what is this? Great viscocity. More orris root, but also very fruity with peach and apricots. And then there's something slightly medicinal, which really throws me for a loop. A light minerality too, followed by a touch of chocolate.
    • Finish
      All of the above. Medium in length.

  2. Jordanite scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2010 is possibly the most difficult whisky I have had to score to date. On the one hand the breadth and complexity of flavours for an eight year old whisky is remarkable, on the other hand, I just don't find it especially tasty. Perhaps the best analogy is that this whisky is like a course at a Michelin starred restaurant, sure it is very high quality and you know the chef put in a lot of effort making it, but if you are very honest, you would probably rather eat a burger and chips. This is whisky that you feel you should be wearing a lab coat to drink and analyse rather than one to sit back and enjoy. The nose is a curious mix of flavours, like drinking concentrated apple juice inside a sheep farm after eating this very distinct watery-flavoured root, which I am not sure the name of, but has a similar sensation as celery. It also has this peculiar sense of "green-ness", which I cannot explain but it is true. This greenness is even more pronounced on the palate, which accompanies more apples and a good dose of charred oak. The texture is also distinct, with a tongue numbing quality like star anise or clove. The finish lingers with a mix of atypical spices. I understand why others have scored this whisky well, but at the end of the day this was relatively expensive whisky that could not justify its premium.

  3. yfalkov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    An unusual Laddie, shows a great difference between local barley and commonly used types. Interesting to compare with Organic Barley and Classic Laddie.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very thin and complex, grassy, rye bread, green apple, vanilla, cereal, herbal
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fresh but quite intense and fat, grains, grass, honey, some earthiness
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, salty, spicy, mineral

  4. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Tasted at a Bruichladdich Master Class.
    A very nice unpeated Islay whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Cereal, with a very crisp freshness.
      Fruity, apples, citrus.
      Some vanilla and a hint of coconut.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Again very crisp, clean.
      Sweet barley sugar, caramel.
      Chocolate, muted fruits, apples and oranges.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Quite bold.
      Chocolate and spicy notes fading in a medium lenght.

  5. chlinatele did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bruichladdich 8 yo 2010/2019 ‘Bere Barley’ (50%, OB, ex-bourbon American oak)
    Distilled entirely from a 2009 batch of Bere barley grown on Orkney. Bere is an ancient, six-row varietal of barley that has been cultivated in Scotland since at least the 8th century. It’s notoriously difficult to work with in distilleries compared to more contemporary varietals, generally leading to porridge-like mashes and far lower yields. However, results at Arran and Bruichladdich so far suggest it makes a pretty characterful whisky... Colour: straw. Nose: quite a profound divergence from the previous two. This is going up another level again in terms of texture and fattiness. There’s also more green fruits - gooseberry, apple, green banana - and more sweetness in the form of honey and golden syrup. Wee touches of camphor, mint tea, eucalyptus, hessian, dusty malt bins and yellow flowers. I really love this profile - big, generous, complex and sinewy. With water: oily, sooty, esters, citrus pith, lightly carbolic, sheep wool, earth and increasingly coastal with things like sandalwood and seashells. Mouth: that’s the thing about Bere - it’s just so different. There are aspects here which nod towards world whiskies such as this really punchy, bready spiciness like pumpernickel. But there’s other aspects too. Coal dust, hessian, olive oil, grass, nutmeg, lime pith, waxed canvas and various scattered mineral qualities. I find it both highly entertaining and pleasurable. With water: pah! Superb complexity. Oily, estery fruits, autolytic, spicy, camphor and farmhouse cider with some more canvas, gorse and saline minerals. Finish: long, lemony, salty, slightly waxy and mineral. Comments: Who was it that said barley varieties don’t make a difference...?
    SGP: 662 - 90 points!

  6. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    As part of the masterclass tasting for Fèis Ìle 2021, there were samples from the warehouse for tasting, including a Bere Barley bottling. I haven't had it in the glass before, but the sample convinced me so much that I ordered this Bere Barley 2010 during the tasting. And although it "only" comes out of the bottle with the standard 50% compared to the large-barrel sample, I don't even taste that far away from the warehouse sample from the master class.
    I have neglected Bruichladdich a bit in the last few years, because the old bottlings were too expensive for me and the young bottlings - well, too young, but with this Bere Barley 2010 I got really interested in dealing with Bruichladdich again.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A very fine and "pure" nose. At first it looks as if it doesn't give much, but boredom never arises, on the contrary. There is freshly baked bread, vanilla, honey, there are spring flowers. A meadow of wild herbs, marzipan, milk chocolate. No sign of the old Laddie cleaning rag.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Strong, crunchy and creamy with vanilla, honey, marzipan and yeast dough. A very pleasant spice spreads in the mouth, which turns into a nice dryness after a while. On the tongue, too, he has this purity and clarity from his nose. The freshly baked bread comes, here enriched with a little sesame and pepper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Clearly medium length, dry and spicy. For an 8yo, the finish is quite nice, which speaks for the barrels and the type of barley used.

  7. Gaija scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    [Quick festival note] The hype is quite huge on this one ... and I beg to differ. It's very interesting and very unique, granted, but this isn't 90-points material or anything close I'm afraid. I really didn't get the fruitiness that some seem to rave about. The rest of the profile is very interesting and worth trying, but I wouldn't recommend buying a bottle blind.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Vegetal and earthy, there's a "dirty potato" edge to this and actually some very light ... peat, even though there isn't supposed to be any. You feel there's something "different", it's not your everyday dram. Mirabelles, a bit overdone. Frangipane, calisson d'Aix. Very atypical and interesting but not "wow" stuff.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The alcohol is quite soft but the profile is a bit muted here, though showcasing some real complexity. Earthy again, with a peculiar impression of light smokiness. Butter, clotted cream. The youth feels quite a bit.
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bang for your buck

  9. GWMingus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Need to spend some time with this.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Moltostock Odessa-2021, fast testing is another matter, there is an interesting aroma and body but without sparks or paints, it could be a good regular
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84


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