Bruichladdich 2004

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Laddie Crew Valinch 23 - Julie Chalmers
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
61.2 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
27 Aug 2016 8:21 am by Meulie
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 151.14

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich 2004

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.31 points

  1. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great nose with sherry oranges and plum but as said by lachaineduwhisky it is a bit agressive. I would have guessed this dram even younger than 12 years. I think that the mouth is not even too violent it is quite yummy with a great berry influence. I would have more likely guessed on a Red or Port Wine Cask than Sherry. Finish is not too long but it is a very yummy dram.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Fine nose, with sherry, orange, plum. A little rough in the beginning, it gives malt and notes of red wine. In the mouth, a little too violent and metallic, despite the sherry that is supposed to round all that. With water, you have milk chocolate on your nose. The palate is now more accessible with sherry, wine, cherry and other red fruits. Final not very enveloping or long.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  3. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Drk Neknul did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Eye / Nose: The color of this dram in the glass: dark, rich amber. Looks fantastic! The malt has meanwhile breathed a few minutes and unfolded in the glass, the Glencairn is lukewarm, you can start. In the nose, the unfamiliar sharpness of the whisky first stands out. Amazing. Is that purely the alcohol content? I do not think so. Of course, he tingles violently and compels the connoisseur already when Verriechen the appropriate respect distance. But there is more. Seems to be more a combination of alcoholic sharpness on the one hand and a natural Pfeffrigkeit the malts on the other hand. The sharpness accompanies an amazingly fruity sweetness. The fruit notes are so closely interwoven that I find it hard to distinguish between fully ripe blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Rather a wild mix. The sweetness makes me inevitably think of freshly cooked wild berry jam. Even the alcohol, which is still omnipresent, fits into the picture. If you make your own whisky jam and then add the whisky to the hot fruit mass towards the end, the first seconds after that when the fragrance spreads, that's what the CV23 in my nose reminds me of. In the background, I also see butter cookies and maybe a little vanilla. That's Laddie! Fits ideally with "my" forest berry jam. The nose already promises a lot. Palate: Now it goes in the truest sense of the word to the preserves. The alcoholic line continues, the Valinch tingles properly on the tongue. He comes in with his 61.2% ABV with plenty of steam. Astonishingly, the mouthfeel, which is often so creamy for Laddie distillates, does not really seem right, Julie Valinch looks rather thin. Maybe it's because of the slightly too present alcohol. In terms of taste, the forest fruit sweetness combined with a light maltiness dominates the beginning. Then the wood comes with a bit of bitterness and the already suggestive sharpness in the nose, which I personally continue to feel as "peppery". In addition, nut notes and very, very much spice. The oak seems to me to be a bit out of time and makes the malt much more difficult to access than most of the earlier Valinches of the series, even if the barrel, unlike some of the other (crew) Valinches, brings with it at most a trace of sulfur and viewed from this side should actually be more accessible. In any case, very unusual taste experience, in which the ghosts will divorce. Some will not find the right approach, others will like the complexity and in others, I predict a rather small crowd, he will hit the taste exactly. What I miss with the impressions on the palate, unlike in the nose, is the typical Brennereicharakter. The barrel has the Laddie distillate so much that you can guess the distillery at best. Not unusual for Fresh Sherry, but a pity. Finish / Conclusion: towards the end, the fruitiness disappears, and the sweetness gives way to an unexpected, woody dryness, which has an astringent effect in the mouth. Medium-length finish, the tongue remains unoccupied, no or only minimal sulfur. From the memory, I can say that such a malt from the profile has not come to me consciously. The sherry assignment is unusually difficult. The old Laddie Sherry Classic was similar in flavor to some aspects - but not consistent. A solitaire. Already that makes "Julie" very interesting, even if, for example, the 9-year-old Dramfool Cask # 507 much more likely to meet my personal taste. Water helps him partially, breaks the alcoholic part of the sharpness, but also takes away the special. A matter of taste!

  5. Whiscask scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89


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