Bruichladdich 16-year-old

Overall rating
85.56/100
votes
356
Whiskybase ID
WB34814
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Laddie Sixteen
Bottled
08.10.2012
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
12/264
Barcode
618105007109
Added on
24 aug 2012 5:28 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 123.25

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Whisky reviews for Bruichladdich 16-year-old

46 users have left 51 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.56 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A 46-percenter to rival any cask-strength whisky. Big-boned and feisty, if perhaps a bit frontloaded. Spicy and sweet in equal amounts. Beautiful maritime character with mere trace amounts of peat.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Pretty closed-up initially. At first, there's a slight glue note along with some ephemeral florals (rose petals, perhaps). Then sweetness rears its head: maple syrup and/or creamy honey. This is followed by a decidedly musty component: old dusty attic or damp cellar. Even with time and air, this remains a shy fellow, though progressively more oak is coming through. Water brings out bergamot and algae / brackish water.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Builds up slowly to a MASSIVE hit of peppery spice on the mid-palate, accompanied by an almost equally huge blast of sweetness. Ginger and honey, if you will. Wow, no way would I have thought this was below 50% ABV if I had this blind! Definitely an intense experience and a fun ride, heavy on the bourbon wood. After a couple of sips, a red-berry fruitiness emerges as well as a faint idea of peaty water (rather than peat smoke) along with maritime salinity.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Clingy, oily sweetness with nice little cocoa notes, but the latter only become discernible after the first few sips have acclimated you to the sheer power of the liquid. Before that, it's all ginger, pepper, honey, and rather fresh American oak, which is fun as well in its own right, but not as refined.

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  3. BehindSpace scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  4. huangshantong scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The bottle is nice and pretty.
    It's okay to drink it, too.
    Malt and yellow fruit, some spicy, some gummy.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83
      unpleasant pain

  5. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. steff scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. thebonewolf scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This would be a superb summertime dram.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Sherry at first. Very bourbon with sweetness, maple, and oak. Malt behind all of that.
    • Taste
      80 80
      A fruity burst. Pepper afterward which rises while in the mouth.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Malty, as the pepper from the taste fades out. The malt lingers beyond the length of the pepper. Medium length while the flavors are intense, the malty remnant pushes to medium-long to long territory, but it very subtle at that point.

  8. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very "fine" whisky. Fascinating which span covers Bruichladdich from his "Laddie" to Port Charlotte to the Octomores. Somehow, he is already too "smooth" and at the price that is called today (90 €) too expensive.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Mr.Wong scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Balanced fruity matured dram.
    • Nose
      I smell ripe fruits, some oak, slight freshness from citrus fruits, and malt. I also get some sweet sherry notes which get stronger with time.
    • Taste
      The taste is more fruity, a bit floral and has a lot of spices.
    • Finish
      Slightly oaky

  11. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A good malt. You can drink it well. I probably do not need a large bottle of this because I somehow lack the tension. But I would not regret another dram of this.

  12. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21.5, taste 21.5, finish 21.5, balance 21.5

  14. toklian scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F 21 B21

  15. EarlMobile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A delicious, round and pleasant laddie, even if it is no wonder in terms of complexity. But he does not have to, because he is exactly what he should be: a very nice "drinking whisky"!
    No comparison to the newer bottlings, such as the Classic Laddie or the Laddie Eight.

  16. ahroeen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/bruichladdich-the-laddie-sixteen-ob-2012/

  19. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The nose reminded me a lot of Clynelish, then it drops off quickly. The finish is very poor.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, caramel, a slight grassiness, a bit of sea breeze, then iodine or a bit musty, lots of citrus notes and also very mineral
    • Taste
      Creamy, quite strong onset, again very mineral, also the citrus sweetness is back with, getting a little dry, oak spice is stronger with the duration in the mouth, light hints of salt liquorice
    • Finish
      Here now dominates rather the musty, wet wood, slightly bitter, the sweetness is there, but never comes to the fore

  20. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    delicious compostion - big distance to the 22 comes along completely different
    • Nose
      Orange juice, orange oil, lemon zest, peaches, light wax note, Acid - from sherry and from oak barrels, oak - ripe, vegetable, dry, spicy, tree juice, nougat, nuts,
    • Taste
      sweet, fruity, strong chocolate oak flavors, some mint - fresh, cooling on the tongue, oranges, bitter almonds, more oak - dryness and tannins - vegetable sharpness, kakoa powder, apricots, no alcohol noticeable - beautiful texture
    • Finish
      tickles on the tongue, cocoa, nuts, pleasant bitterness, seasoning, strength

  21. vredensever scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is bright, dense: vanilla, thick honey, caramel, herbs and flowers, smoke, fruit tones, malt, grain, a slight hint of minerality. The taste is sweet, spicy: confectionery sweetness, notes of bitter chocolate, bread, corn, spices (pepper, vanilla), oak, fruit notes, a little perfume. Aftertaste of medium duration: astringent oak, perfumery, bread and grain theme, honey-floral tones. Conclusion . Solid, bourbon Bruichladdich. Not too exquisitely developed from flavor to taste and aftertaste. But in general, quality whisky. Rating 85 (n22t22f20b21).

  22. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5.  I took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender again.

  23. Daan Tje scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  24. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Oranges, lemons, fresh mint. Strawberry milkshake. Light wood, some wood glue.
    • Taste
      Light. Malty and grassy. Farmhouse bread, cocoa. Kohlrabi.

  25. Doctor B. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Othorion scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  28. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Thanks to C. Brestrich for the sample.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  29. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. Georges scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity (gooseberries, melons, peaches), peat smoke, coastal, dry, flowery, spicy (ginger), vanilla
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, mineral, seasalt, lemons, oaky 
    • Finish
      Long, dry, smoky, oaky, ginger

  31. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Was not expecting that this dram is that good. Well done! The only critism that can be done is the dry and bitter finish which could have been better!
    • Nose
      sour wine grapes, vanilla, decent smoke, honey, apple and pears. Wow incredible nice nose. This play between sour, sweet and smoke is really lovely. As the rate is only 85 I was not expecting much but this nose is outstanding!
    • Taste
      Incredibly much sour wine grapes, some honey-sweetness and vanilla. Not as detailed and complex as the nose but still very good!
    • Finish
      The finish is a bit dry a bit sour and a bit bitter. All in all a appropriate finish of this nice dram

  32. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: sweet, fruity, tropical fruit, vanilla, malt, slightly milder smoke, some oak
    Taste: pastries, honey, lemon, oak, floral, malt, tropical fruits
    Finish: long, slightly dry, citrus fruits, oak

  33. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fragrance like the Laddie Ten, oak, fruit I taste pure oak barrels, then honey, honey wax, a hint of smoke, really great malt ...

  34. Landryn scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    not worth a try
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      79 79

  35. Landryn scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. hettrum scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  37. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    beautiful discovery
    • Nose
      Fine, very iodized, biscuity, malty, pastry, and fruity
    • Taste
      explosive, fat
    • Finish
      long

  38. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  39. Toffie76 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very pleasantly fruity, on dry apricot, compote, walnut, vanilla, maple syrup and some peppery spices. Floral, gourmet, pastry chef. A very distant trace of smoke and coal. Bourbon, a little new leather.
    • Taste
      Nice mouth feel. It is unctuous, creamy and fruity on the attack. We lose a little power in development where alcohol and pepper take the opportunity to show a short time. The cereals and nuts then take the torch to guide us gently on the finish. All roundness and finesse.
    • Finish
      A hint of salt. Vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, a little straw. Very pleasant and persistent aftertaste, delicately suggested the malted replicas last long minutes. Beautiful balance

  40. Mushinico scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Angelos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet and slightly sour, hints of vanilla, caramel, marzipan, mango, a heather note which reminds me of Scapa 16, fresh wood, burnt wood. With water: becoming herbal, slightly rhubarb note which I found in The Laddie Ten. Some creamy nuttiness... macadamia, almonds?
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy, fudge, dried fruits (apricots), ripe oranges, mango-style again, slighlty minty, eucalyptus, even liquorice
    • Finish
      Medium with tannins from the oak, oranges developing to grapefruits

  42. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    There are few whiskies that I am experiencing as extremely powerful. it is not related to high ABV but rather an explosion of flavors. Springbank 10, Laphroaig 18 and this Laddie 16 are definitely included. Thanks to Thorbjörn Schönmeyr for the sample.

    (Rating interval 86-91)
    • Nose
      Very floral on the nose, bouquet with flowers, herbs, jasmine and some distant smoke far way back somewhere. Very powerful on the nose. 
    • Taste
      Even the palate is floral, mixed candy but its not the sweetness but rather mixed artificial fruits and other flavors. Oak and aromatic pepper, I think pink pepper. Perfume or Eau de cologne.
    • Finish
      The finish is powerful, a true wow-moment, wave after wave with flavors hit the back of the tongue and palate. Powerful citrus, some floral laundry detergent and aromatic oak.  

  43. C.H.M. scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Vanilla, fruit, spice, a bit too much hotness

  44. C.H.M. scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Vanilla, fruit, spice, but a little too much hotness

  45. eM-Gee scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  46. eM-Gee scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    A very great whisky! Very balanced, light and yet versatile. Too bad, if it should not give him by the product conversion. With the best that I could enjoy so far (the 22er is still out :-))
    • Nose
      Fresh, tropical fruits (often read pineapple, but could not find it directly), mild peat smoke, caramel and light oak
    • Taste
      mild, vanilla, also fruits and a subtle salty note
    • Finish
      medium, mild, semi-dry, light fruits and a little salt

  47. Bishlouk scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nose very fruity, but the whole is enough goes everywhere.

    (Tasted in the living room, so not in the most optimal conditions)

  48. MB28 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  49. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: very fruity - apple, pear, orange, melon and grape fruits, oily, some wax and almond paste
    T: oily, lots of oak influence, pepper and exotic fruits - mango
    F: some smoke, medium drying, carton and vanilla

  50. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      The first impression is immediately a sublime, wonderfully fresh and pure aromas of dried malt formidable combination with fruit, melon, pineapple, pear.
    • Taste
      If you look closely you can smell the delicate undertones of sweet oak find that goes with Brazilian nuts and caramel and ends with aromas of wild flowers. On the palette opens a character of warming impressive strength that befalls a whisky age of your taste. The sweet vanilla and Ozark Mountain oak open followed by the characteristic taste of homemade fudge.  The vivid freshness of fruit essence on the middle palette is beautiful and formidable goes along with the sweetened barley.
    • Finish
      The fresh floral tones formidable blend with the flavors of wild honey and maritime influences

  51. Headhunter scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A very fruity Bruichladdich indeed, a very enjoyable dram

  52. Alex did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Matured solely in American oak which delivers soft vanilla, notes of oak and exotic fruits.

    This version is not peated. Clean Bruichladdich!

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