A Laddie full maturation from the bourbon barrel with 18 years and cask strength definitely sounds exciting.
It's very dark in color for a bourbon aging, but after 18 years that's not necessarily uncommon.
The whisky is very special, I think you either hate it or you like it. In order to love him, however, he is a bit too special and altogether too inharmonious.
In any case, a sample is enough for me and a bottle would not be worth more than 60 euros, because it offers me too little pleasure.
The nose is characterized by powerful aromas that are not overly alcoholic. One note is very present at the beginning and reminds me a little of sulphur, although this is rarely the case in bourbon barrels. Perhaps the peat has been treated with sulphur, although the whisky is not smoky.
At least this foreground note becomes more subtle after 20 minutes and a compact, broad and dark vanilla wood note can still be found in the middle. But it's not even remotely a nice, classic bourbon aging.
The whisky seems somehow mature, but very unconventional. I just like it a bit, because it's exciting, harmonious in its own way and has a woody note that I like. But I am sure that some connoisseurs will not like this whiksy because it is too special and intangible.
However, I would prefer a classic Glen Grant bourbon full aging from a single cask with 18 years and in cask strength to this one at any time.
Very dry and astringent start. The sweetness at the end is relatively inconspicuous and overall the palate is a bit too round, with a bit too bitter and too metallic.
Also a bit too sharp for the 18 years, whereby all the small mistakes are still within limits if you are a bit open to the whole thing. If not, then the whisky has too many flaws overall.
Water doesn't bring out any new flavors, but makes the mouthfeel a bit more pleasing.
The finish is dry and woody. With water, the finish becomes even more bitter.