Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Scottish Barley
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
P/131056 13/148 21 JUN 13
Added on
23 Aug 2013 10:39 pm

Average value

€ 53.02

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270 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.43 points

  1. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Tasted as part of the WDTS: http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/WhiskyWDTS/2013-05/Bottle5.shtml#bruichladdichScottishBarley
    • Nose
      alcohol and aeration will not change anything. A little fruit, some spices including vanilla. The addition of water softens a little but does not develop the aromas
    • Taste
      alcoholic too. Asutère, few things, a little fruit, a little new make
    • Finish
      very long, slightly citric

  2. Benjamin_Wang scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Full, grind barely, very sweet malty sugar. Vanilla candy, a hint of smoke. Not complex, but directly sweet and aromatic.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. DrunkDude scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Nice smell of mint and fruity candle flavors, asparagus 82
    • Taste
      84 84
      A lot of spices in the palate, also a lot of apples and sour plums we can trace. Sourness is rather balanced with sweetness and spices. 84
    • Finish
      83 83
      Goes to spices in the finish, rather refreshing with less coca bitterness. 83

  4. AgentMunky scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    batch 20/038

    Don't add water.

    A lovely, effulgent straw-gold.
    • Nose
      60 60
      6 // 5

      Smells a bit strong, heavy whiffs of booze, but underneath is a fresh, meadow-y character. Fresh grain.
    • Taste
      75 75
      7.5 // 7

      Comes in almost unbelievably sweet, unctuous. Huge vanilla and honeysuckle before the ABV catches up and singes the tongue. Coconut cream cake. // Strangely more acerbic with water.
    • Finish
      80 80
      8 // 7

      Very clean, structured, medium-long (much longer than anticipated from something so fresh).

  5. Collegiate scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Young, sharp and rough. Not my favourite Laddie by a long stretch, but none the less challenging and not pedestrian. Definitely not for beginners even if it is their entry level bottling.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    During the week [starting 16th March] of toilet paper & pasta raids, I’d been in the studio. By the end of that week, I was in need of supplies and the supermarket shelves were bare. It was scary, but fear not! My sister had sent me a lockdown package with many essentials including, most importantly, two toilet rolls! Also in the pack was this whisky sample [see pic], ironically the only thing I definitely had a lot of, but gift-horse and all that. Game on!

    Colour: yellowy gold. Beading test result: flat as a pancake/no bubbles, so we must be around the 40% minimum.

    N: Very soft, slightly salty with a lightly toasted peatiness and a light barley oiliness. With such a soft and relaxed presentation, could this be Springbank, a tired/flat 10yo?
    T: Peaty for sure. This is truly the olfactory taste of a malting barn and the copperiness from the stills. Soft-sweet delivery with a fair body [maybe this isn’t at the lowest possible abv then] with the tiniest suggestion of allium-fresh oily barley spirity heat underlying. Little action on the travel, just a straight-ahead unwavering journey. Good simple whisky overall. It’s no Springbank but I can’t pinpoint an Islay distillery that fits the bill. Maybe it’s something like a NAS Ardmore Legacy which I’ve never tried. An Cnoc also produces a lot of peated malt.
    F: As expected, we’ve a soft natural smoke-peat barley-sweet finish. Reminds me most of Annandale’s Man of Swords, reduced to 43%. Really natural/untampered with whisky.

    C: If not complex then certainly a competent uncomplicated if non-eventful whisky recipe. I pose my conclusions to my sister: 40-43% abc, maximum age 10yo but probably a NAS around 7 years, 100% bourbon cask-matured, peated [probably around 30ppm max], not complex but competent and sweet, so entry-level.

    The reveal:

    She tells me the abv is 50%. I’m surprised. I suggest it’s an old/tired bottle and it is – from March 2014 in fact!! I’m vindicated there but had totally forgotten about Bruichladdich as a distillery. The last time I tried The Laddie was a sample from this actual bottle, on 28th December 2015 [score: 82]. In today’s condition:

    Scores 79 points

  7. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    was pleasantly surprised
    I liked the overall picture
    • Nose
      sweet, slightly mineral, young malt, pears, becomes bitter / bitter, later vanilla
      with water: more vanilla, sweeter
    • Taste
      strong and round on the palate
      slightly smoky, moist cardboard, light wine (red?)
      with water: (gray) bread
    • Finish
      medium to long
      slightly smoky, slightly tart
      with water: softer, oak

  8. Rien scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Sandman scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lemon, peach, apple, pear, honey, flowers, malted barley, liquorice and mint.
    • Taste
      Lemon peel, honey, barley, flowers, peach, pear, liquorice and mint.
    • Finish
      Short to mid-long, honey, candied fruit and mint.

  10. JimmyLeg scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Very drinkable at 50%, didn't add any water.
    • Nose
      Malt, Graves apple juice from the 1980's, unlit cigarette, canned pineapple, raw corn?, fruity caramel
    • Taste
      Lemon juice, something meaty and savoury, damp pipe tobacco
    • Finish
      more tobacco and lemon


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