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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 16-year-old
45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.37 points
- 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.
- delicious compostion - big distance to the 22 comes along completely different
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,
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
tickles on the tongue, cocoa, nuts, pleasant bitterness, seasoning, strength
- 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.
- Balanced fruity matured dram.
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.
The taste is more fruity, a bit floral and has a lot of spices.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Nose 21.5, taste 21.5, finish 21.5, balance 21.5
- N21 P21 F 21 B21
- 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.