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Bruichladdich 2011

Overall rating
85.94/100
votes
36
Whiskybase ID
WB196091
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Biodynamic Project
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st fill ex-American whiskey casks
Number of bottles
5000
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 Nov 2021 11:41 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 138.75

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36 × member ratings

243 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2011

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.94 points

  1. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Color: Pale Gold

    Nose: The classic Laddie fruit, as far as I'm concerned, is peaches. Here, it's more like melon. This is remarkably fresh, vibrant, and assertive. To complete the fruit salad this nose evokes, you could add to the melons some tart, prickly fruits that give some balance to the sweetness. With only a minute or two, the barley begins to assert itself, as well. The combination is quintessentially Bruichladdich (when younger and matured without any big sherry or wine influence). Yes, that means there's a bit of vanilla, too--it is first-fill bourbon, of course.

    Taste: Much more on barley and vanilla here, i.e., the fruitiness isn't so prominent. Normally, I focus on the experience of the arrival first before moving onto actual flavor descriptions. Here, it was hard not to reverse that order. The arrival is nothing remarkable one way or the other: neither thin nor particularly pleasant in terms of mouth coating. The body is fine, there's not really any heat at 50%, so it's pretty good but not exceptional. But back to the actual taste: It probably skews a bit too much towards standard first-fill bourbon maturation for my taste. I'd rather have a bit more distillate-edge here given that it's a special bottling focusing on the biodynamic barley. Oh well--still pretty solid Laddie.

    Finish: Not especially long or powerful, but the oak from the first-fill casks isn't drying out my mouth. A wash.

    Comments: Pretty good, but a clear step-down from some of the other young, fairly-naked Laddies I've had recently, e.g., the bere barley bottlings. Hell, I'd definitely take the most-recent batch of the Laddie Ten over this, as well. A fun experiment, and I don't regret the purchase, but I wouldn't race out to try this again.

  2. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Lcluy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. MaltMonkeyPetro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Banzai scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of moderate intensity. I have aromas of vanilla, caramel, hay and apples. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is very well integrated and it has a moderately heavy body.

  7. daverdaz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Islaywolf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The nose convinced me more, but the rest is unfortunately mediocre.
    Doesn't get to many other Bruichladdichs.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. LordIslay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not a very special project!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. mnljng scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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