The thick, slow legs predict that this is a fat spirit, which is certainly good in most occasions.
It turns out to be a great nosing whisky. This part is really impeccable and you are invited to smell for hours. It is what a good Laddie can offer: cereal, cream, and a broad range of fruits. Yet the smell also invites to sip...
The palate is wood driven and gives away maybe a tad too much oak and spice, but that may be splitting hairs. Besides, it's a matter of taste, it's not bad in any way.
The finish continues on that spice and wood, with the fruit returning. A fresh green note makes for the right balance.
The nose is extremely pleasant, or pleasing if you will. There is a difference. Some may find pleasing (as in impeccable and vry gentle) not pleasant (enough), but I do. It's a nose that is quite familiar to Bruichladdich. It differsl slightly in the positive sense as it is very fruity.
There are many layers which are equally represented. The base is the spirit with notes of cereal: bread, cookies, breakfast cereal, it's all there. The sweet edge is represented in honey and creamy vanilla. Then there is a lot of fruit, varying from fresh gooseberry, to red apple, to tangerines (on syrup). Less obvious (but present) is a floral note (orange blossom), sawdust, and a fresh hint of mint and maybe a cool sea breeze.
In the mouth, this whisky is moderately fat and moderately bodied (a bit less than expected). It's a tad woodier and less creamy than I had expected. Not that is isn't creamy, it is in fact.
The palate focuses on the cereal and rather fresh fruit (lemon, gooseberry). But here, the influence of the oak comes to the fore. It brings the creamy vanilla, but also wood (planks) and ginger powder. The green side (menthol) gets bigger too.
The finish is long, not always pleasing but still pleasant. The oak continues to speak loudly, but the fruit takes its piece of the pie back again. The ginger powder, a bit of curry, planks are dominant. Honey drizzled lemon cake, banana milkshake, and tangerine make for a sunny edge to the finish, where the menthol brings in that soothing element.