Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP4 - 2005

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Micro-Provenance Series
Stated Age
11 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
59.0 % Vol.
200 ml
Bottle code
L/160389 16/171
Bottled for
Exclusive for Online-Tasting Event on 13.10.2016 19:00 BST
Added on
29 Aug 2016 8:20 am by Kamikaze
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 25.48

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Whisky Reviews for Bruichladdich #LADDIEMP4 - 2005

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.89 points

  1. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose takes a bit to open up, when it does it gives some interesting barley and chestnut honey notes along with citric fruits and vanilla.

    The  first sip is quite salty and spicy and then fruity and again spicy with bourbon wood spicies. Quite an intersting and powerfull first attack, with some vanilla to calm a bit down the power.

    The finish seems a bit short and flat , but that'ts not the case as pure barley notes stay for quite long.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Not very complex but well done! Nose and finish: 3/5 Mouth 4/5 Whisky n ° 1445
    • Nose
      Solvent that turns to varnish. Very fresh and vanilla. Beautiful notes typical of a first fill bourbon a little spoiled by an alcoholic evocation. With a little water, ripe fruit and honey, alcohol is less of a problem.
    • Taste
      Rich and intense. Sweet spices. The alcohol is silent. With water, fruity and mellow.
    • Finish
      Intense on vanilla and honey.

  3. helmutgw scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: a bit rounder, less sharp + H2O: still too alcoholic 09.06.2017 79
    • Nose
      F: strong golden N: Alcohol, sweetness, candied fruit, vanilla
    • Taste
      G: strong alcohol, sweet
    • Finish
      A: sharp finish, long, slow, the fruit comes through

  4. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant bourbon maturation.
    The distillery character can be percebtible.
    • Nose
      Vanilla pudding. Banana, pear and orange. Acacia honey.
      Little coconut.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Matured oak, pear, citruses, orange peel, vanilla
    • Finish
      Long, sour, dry

  5. hfos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Tobi2100 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Does not need water for me. Good Bourbon Laddie, I like it. For Bruichladdich fans, the MP4 series is worth a try. Gives an exciting insight into the barrel influence on young laddies.
    • Nose
      Custard, orange peel, some citrus
    • Taste
      salivating, sweet, vanilla, citrus, spicy
    • Finish
      medium, lemon peel

  7. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Classic, fresh and fruity bourbon cask nose, with sweet vanilla prominent. However, there were a few 'off' notes for the first 5 minutes in the glass (I heard the term 'baby sick' being used: I wouldn't necessarily agree, as it isn't anywhere near that bad, but it isn't far off!). These disappeared with a drop of water and some gentle hand warming, making for a very enjoyable dram. Fresh and lively on the palate too, with the floral Bruichladdich spirit really shining through (it was much more prominent here than in the sister syrah and sherry casks). More oak too. It all leads to a creamy and woody finish, with hints of vanilla lingering at the very end. An excellent dram, but only after the 'off' notes disappeared from the nose!

  9. WithKeys scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Given that the LaddieMP4s are single-cask spirits, I don't expect much complexity. Let's see what happens.

    Color: Light yellow(ish).

    Without water:Nose: Whoa, fresh and fruity! Reminds me of the (great) Black Art 04.1 which probably saw quite some ex-Bourbon wood too. Distant (typical) vanilla is mixed with some raspberries, pears and Advocaat. Here are some bananas again, sort of which I already found in the Sherry MP4 and the Black Art 04.1. Seems like Bruichladdich is Gaelic for "Bananas". And I (start to) like it, to be honest. A feeling of the alcohol strength comes last, a strong cloud of wood and pear brandy. I must admit that this is an outstanding nose.Taste: The pear brandy intensifies, this one would probably make a good cognac replacement in certain cocktails, but we wouldn't want that (for quality reasons). A blurred taste of nuts and raisins follows closely. Mouth-watering again, not as much as with the Sherry cask though. That said, my second sip was entirely produced by my body.Finish: Lasting quite long, the last moments of the pear brandy meet the first moments of a mixture of hazelnuts and raisins. Finally, sour plums and dark cherries. Not a single touch of dryness all the time.
    Let's add some water, maybe we can find even more fruit?

    With water:Nose: Making the somewhat more flat but still sharper, the water still helps to identify more fruit. I can find some pineapples and ripe grapefruit, also, there are once more (some) green apples. When I spend enough time with this nose, I also find some wet cleaning rags (similarly musty to the Sherry one). Well, there has to be a "but", right?Taste: Less brandy, less pears; stronger nuts and wood though. A touch of plums and Rum pot with some vanilla as the aftertaste.Finish: Ah, here come the fruits again, manifesting as a stronger Rum pot flavor with dominant plums and some pears, coming with some dark bitter chocolate down my throat, warming me from the inside and bringing some banana peel back to my tongue. The duration is notably shorter than the waterless approach, but it's still awesome. Becoming a bit dry though.Verdict: No regrets except the weird afternose when water is added. Before participating in the global rush for samples of the Micro Provenances, I considered leaving out the Bourbon cask. That would have been a bad decision. Seriously, Bruichladdich: Well done! Now give me this one with 14 or more years and I'm probably all yours.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. kroby did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Tasting with Adam Hannett, live from the distillery, from 7.00pm during the evening of Thursday October 13th. 2016.  This will be broadcast on the Bruichladdich YouTube channel.


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